40 credits at level HE4
This module provides a vehicle for the "implement" and "operate" elements of CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate), now established as an internationally-recognised model for the practical education of professional engineers (see www.cdio.org).
Along the way, it brings in underpinning theory of systems, materials and processes to explain how designers have worked to arrive at current solutions, whilst facilitating the future development of students' skills in engineering design.
It also provides an introduction to, and a consolidation of, engineering-related IT for analysis and communication skills.
The module also serves as a base for AME2036 - Engineering Applications HE5, the module that brings in the "Conceive" and "Design" elements of CDIO.
Physical and virtual logs of workshop and project work contribute to the PDP portfolio of each student.
Introductory study of engineering materials, their properties, appropriate processing and manufacturing methods, and their use in specific situations for selected products and systems.
Thermodynamics and Fluids
The significance of energy to life. Sources and uses of energy in industrialised life - past, present and future. Introduction to the response of solids, liquids and gases to temperature and the various forms of energy and heat transfer phenomena. Introductory study of the static and dynamic behaviour of liquids and gases. The importance of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design and operation of selected products and systems such as (for example) electrical power generation, pumps and compressors, engines, aerofoils and low-drag shapes .
Products, processes and systems
Case Studies of products and processes as coordinated systems of inter-related functional elements in pursuit of a design goal using a rational process, rather than simply as unconnected individual parts arrived at ad-hoc.
Implementation and Operation
Practical hands-on experiments and short "build and test" exercises to experience first-hand the behaviour of materials and components in the laboratory and in manufacture. Appreciation of the process by which existing components, products and processes have been defined. Associated Health and Safety briefings to appreciate and follow safe practices during subsequent practicals in labs and workshops.
One or more integrating projects to bring together the above, supported by material studied and skills developed in other modules.
Computer-supported Analysis and Communication
Development of IT and communication skills through:
- applying existing spreadsheets and constructing new ones and applying other engineering software
to solve selected static and dynamic design problems using techniques encountered on other modules.
- communication and presentation of solutions using IT-supported verbal, non-verbal and written means.
This module is facilitated through team-teaching. Teams of 2-4 staff work together using a range of methods to achive the learning outcomes. These methods include:
- Conventional lectures and tutorials provide specialist information on facts and techniques.
- Private study, group discussions and VLE forums facilitate understanding of case studies.
- Workshop practice sessions develop hands-on skills in fabrication and assembly of prototypes.
- Laboratory sessions develop skills in using equipment and instrumentation for practical tests on test specimens, prototypes of components and systems.
- Computer lab sessions develop skills with software for modelling, analysis, communication and presentation.
- Maintenance of a logbook (in either physical or virtual form) provides evidence of work done and activities experienced, for inclusion in the PDP portfolio.
Exemplar learning activities:
- Participation in the North West IMechE Design Challenge for Undergraduate Engineers. This annual programme challenges young engineers having little know-how to create ingenious solutions to real problems using limited resources with the framework of a defined set of rules. Sample challenges include: the design of finite-energy model cars; fixed-power water pumps; vertical-climb races; efficient structures to carry static loads or dissipate energy under impact; and lightweight tethered model aircraft. These challenges mirror commercial engineering, and exercise the students' team skills in the formulation of feasible solutions, realisation and testing, improvement and competition against other contenders
- Building and testing a radio-controlled model aircraft. This activity allows the students to learn, amongst other things, about: working in teams; testing structures for stiffness; measuring weight and mass distribution; stability & control; assessing aerodynamic performance of components, using wind-tunnel and other methods.
- Building and testing a radio-controlled model truck or car. This activity allows the students to learn, amongst other things, about: working in teams; testing structural components for stiffness; measuring weight and mass distribution; vibration of mass-spring-damper systems); stability & control; assessing aerodynamic performance of components, using wind-tunnel and other methods; assessing ground performance parameters: speed, acceleration, endurance, manoeuvrability.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||understand the main characteristics and applications of a range of engineering materials, manufacturing processes and thermodynamic & fluid-mechanic principles.||have completed laboratory measurements and workshop manufacturing exercises with a range of materials and equipment|
|2.||be aware of the systemic features of engineered products and processes.
||be able to describe the systemic structure of a selection of products and processes, and the process by which the system was developed from an initial requirement|
|3.||be able to apply knowledge of materials, processes and systems to solve practical challenges.||have selected one or more components and/or materials and processes as appropriate to a requirement, and demonstrated successful operation in meeting the requirement|
|4.||use IT applications to analyse and predict the performance of engineering components and systems, and to communicate with professional colleagues||
have constructed (MEng) and/or applied (BEng) a spreadsheet, or used a simple engineering application program (e.g. Working Model) to obtain a solution to a problem of appropriate complexity using a given mathematical procedure;
have communicated via a written report and a presentation to peers the main features of a system analysed and/or synthesised during the module.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A linked set of well-directed, documented, practical lab and workshop exercises to develop skills and provide evidence of work done and learning achieved||One or more defined "build and test" projects, with a degree of novelty appropriate to the level of student (BEng/MEng), in which some design work is used to select materials and/or components, and to configure & test the resulting system(s) to meet a simple challenge. Present findings to peers with lasting evidence to be assimilated into the students' PDP portfolio.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
The wide range of activities makes a definitive reading list difficult to specify, but such a list will be issued with each speacialist element to the module.
It is likely to include standard library texts in thermodynamics/work/heat transfer, fluid mechanics, materials and processes, and the fundamentals of instrumentation. It will also include an introduction to design, along with pointers to online learning sources for the range of software used to analyse and communicate problems and results.
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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