Module code: ENG2087

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

BIRCH DM Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 196

Lecture Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 18

Laboratory Hours: 26

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

An alternative to the final DME assessment, which normally includes group presentation and workshop manufacturing, may be set which will comprise an individual design project.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module extends from the design modules in the first year. The basic CAE skills generated in year 1 were primarily CAD and in this module these skills are extended to include FEA (finite element stress analysis). This provides a computer based stress analysis alternative to the analytical stress analysis skills developed in other parts of this programme. Project Management skills will prepare students for a group design activity enabling them to specify, plan and monitor their progress. The design, make, evaluate (DME) project provides an opportunity for the students to work on a group based project and apply the engineering knowledge they have learnt to the design and manufacture of a customer specified product/system.

Module aims

develop further the understanding of the design process

show the place of finite element stress analysis in this process

provide an understanding of the complete engineering product development process from requirements capture through to end-of-life decommissioning/disposal, by means of  participation in a group design project involving design, manufacture and evaluation of a prototype product.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an analytical approach to the design activity and participate in a professional manner. (EA1b, EA2, EA4b, D4, D6, P6, G1, G3)  C,K,P KCP
Apply the techniques of finite-element analysis using commercial software to the resolution of stress distributions in complex, loaded components (EA3b, EA4b)
Understand the nature and context of project management in various circumstances and apply appropriate project management and project planning techniques (D5, D6, EL2, EL3, EL6, G1, G2) - C,K,P KCP
Analyse product design requirements and apply engineering science to their selected designs (SM3b, EA2, D1, D2, D3b, D4, P4) - C,K KC
Select manufacturing methods and materials and evaluate the final product and design procedures adopted ( D3b, D5, EL6, P3, P4) - C,K,P KCP
Demonstrate knowledge of developing technologies and appreciation of sustainable design requirements (SM3b, SM6m, EL2, EL4) - C,K,P KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Applications of computer based stress analysis in design (FEA)- 5 credits

An introduction to finite element analysis and the software package ANSYS; line area and solid elements, integration of CAD into the design process. Single parts and assemblies, modelling fibre-reinforced composite materials and a mini FEA modelling project.

Project Management 5 credits

Project definition: what constitutes a project, the project lifecycle and requirements capture. Project management: UK/international standards, work breakdown structure, resources and costs, Gantt charts, risk management, monitor and control.

DME Preliminary design - 5 credits

Working as a group, students will be assigned a project relating to their programme. Overseen by academic supervisors, the groups will develop a specification for the DME exercise, undertake a concept evaluation, produce a plan for the detailed design/build phase of the project in semester 2, and produce a preliminary design review (PDR) report.


DME exercise- 15 credits

Continuing from Semester 1 the groups will produce manufacturing drawings and a production plan, carry out a full manufacturing and testing risk assessment, manufacture their product and then test it against key criteria including the original specification and environmental impact. Groups will also produce a final report, a poster and display exhibit for assessment.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce FEA and project management through lectures, computer laboratory classes and tutorials. Design, Make & Evaluate is undertaken as a group activity with weekly supervised meetings monitoring progress leading to CAD, purchase of materials and components followed by manufacture in the workshop and subsequent product development and testing

The learning and teaching methods include:

Semester 1

FEA :                                       14 hrs (2hrs/wk for weeks 1-7 per group, 2 groups)

Project Management :               14 hrs (2hrs/wk for weeks 1-7)

DME :                                      16 hrs (4hrs/wk for weeks 8-11)

Semester 2

DME :             60hrs contact (5hrs/wk for weeks 1-12)

W1-3 :             5hrs/wk computer lab tutorial

W4-12 :           1 hr/wk computer lab tutorial + 4hrs/wk workshop (32hrs w/s)

W15 :              Exhibition + Oral examinations


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the 3 key complementary elements of this module: FEA, Project Management & DME.

FEA is computer based and a written assignment based on the FE analysis of a product is the most natural assessment method.

Project Management (PM) is assessed initially in a  written assignment which involves planning of a project to prepare students for the DME activity.

DME comprises a major group activity running over 2 semesters and draws on the FEA and PM elements while introducing CAD, manufacture skills, materials selection and evaluation of a product they have made. This is largely assessed in 2 written reports in which individual contributions are identified but includes oral assessment, poster and oral presentations.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written assignment – FEA

[ Learning outcomes 2 ]                      (20 hours)                    {17%}

Written assignment – Project Management

[ Learning outcomes  3 ]                     (20 hours)                    {17%}


Preliminary design review- DME report containing DME specification + concept appraisal  + project plan

[ Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 6 ]                      (20 hours)                    {16%}


DME final assessment

[ Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5 ]                      (30 hours)                    {50%}

comprising the following elements:

Critical design reveiw report  (20%)
viva/presentation/poster (15%)
individual contribution (15%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback is given in tutorials, supervised group meetings and to individual group members following the DME preliminary design reveiw submission

Formative assessment of the DME specification and CAD work is given in written and verbal form at the supervised group meetings.

Reading list

Reading list for DESIGN PROJECT :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.