Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Design and Manufacture 2

Module aims

In this module, by combination of lectures, tutorials and workshop sessions, students acquire the skills required for the second and later years of their Mechanical Engineering course. Students acquire the knowledge and ability to design and analyse complex mechanical systems. This module provides a basis for ME3 and ME4 core and elective modules and develops the team work skills to enable effective functioning during the ME3 DMT course unit.
ECTS units:  10

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to: 

1. Formulate appropriate production processes for a range of metal, polymer and composites

2. Apply a range of product styling principles

3. Explore a fuzzy brief and determine areas for definition

4. Manufacture a range of mechanical components using machine tools to appropriate precision

5. Produce solid models and associated production ready technical drawings to enable production of a product with interacting components

6. Develop the detailed design and interactions of a series of machine elements

7. Apply a range of creative methods to a given problem to generate a range of alternative solutions

8. Plan and manage a project, cooperating within a design group, to meet specified milestones and deliverables.

9. Collaborate to communicate the project work outcomes.

Module syllabus

The design process; Product Design Specification; Computer Aided Design; Design for manufacturing; Equivalent stresses & failure criteria; Transmissions and Machine elements; Prototyping ; Fatigue; Shaft design; Practical workshop skills; Conceptual design; Motors & Batteries; Design in Plastics; Ergonomics; Intellectual property




Teaching methods

The approach combines lectures (average 1.5 hrs per week) and tutorials (2 hrs per week in term 1) with practical project work. The term 1 group project involves the design, project management, manufacture and test of a product. The term 2 individual project is supported by 5 lectures followed by one week full-time ‘hackathon-style project’ with workshops, consideration of the market requirement, product design specification requirements, ideation and conceptual designs, use of crude prototyping to assist in the engineering design process, design embodiment and detailed design and costing of a product.


Assessment details      
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   40%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Coursework Conceptual Design Report 60% 40% N
Coursework Logbook 6% 40% N
Coursework Group Design Report 28% 40% N
Coursework Prototype and Testing 6% 40% N

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Marc Masen