40 credits at level HE5
This module draws strongly on the principles of PBL (project-based learning) underpinned by specific blocks of tutor-led teaching to impart knowledge of a range of technologies and methods appropriate to the pathway and award. It builds on knowledge gained previously and in concurrently-studied modules to provide a vehicle for the "Conceive" and "Design" elements of CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate - see www.cdio.org) introduced in the earlier "Projects and Systems HE4" or "Engineering Applications" modules.
MCAD and/or ECAD tools are used to support the creation and testing of designs using mechanical and/or electronic devices, components and subsystems.
Students work individually on one or more significant projects (which may be part of a larger product or system requiring inputs from other group members) to design, construct, test, and evaluate components or subsystems with a degree of challenge, complexity and open-endedness of appropriate to the pathway and level (BEng or MEng).
Smaller, specific assignments are used to develop and assess skills in analysis and synthesis of individual components.
The projects and supporting assignments are relatively closed in nature: the topics are determined and planned in advance by staff, not left open to free choice by the student(s). This facilitates the planning and resourcing of learning and assessment activities.
The module also provides a PDP vehicle for the students, as the physical or virtual project logs generated will be incorpororated into the Personal Development Porfolio.
Review and reinforcement of the principles of Design and Development
Design and development methodology, CDIO principles, static design and specification of components and subsystems, prediction and analysis of dynamic behaviour under expected working conditions, appropriate simulation methods
Review and use of manufacturing and assembly technologies appropriate to the pathway and design challenge.
Review and use of relevant principles of instrumentation and measurement.
Practical implementation of a component or subsystem to meet a given specification. This involves the application of some or all the above elements as appropriate to the pathway and award.
The material in this module is essentially practical in nature. Lectures and tutorials provide the necessary background information, while at least half of the student experience is in laboratory exercises, practical workshops, assignments and one or more projects.
On each pathway, the module is taught by a team of two to four tutors who schedule the support to ensure that the skills, knowledge and competencies are developed in an appropriate sequence to underpin the practical activities of the module. Cross-reference is made to other modules as appropriate, e.g. AME2020 where students learn the underlying principles of the design process, how to use vendor literature and databases to select components, and how to construct CAD models to predict system performance.
For each topic, source material is provided which illustrate the topic and sets a number of additional exercises to be carried out under supervision. Assignments are based on techniques that have been covered during the laboratory sessions but require the students to solve original problems that they have not seen before.
Modern software often comes without paper documentation. Students are encouraged to use computer-based documentation whenever possible. This can include help files, e-books, portable document format files (pdf) and sources of information available on the Web.
The project work involves a substantial amount of design work, evaluation and verification. Each student must maintain a log-book and a submit a project report in which the progression of the design from specification through implementation to test. The "log-book" takes the form of a paper record or a VLE-based collaborative or individual project blog.
Individual specialist areas of learning is assessed through short, focussed assignments and/or in-class tests.
Sample learning activities
Exemplar projects include:
- an instantaneous heart rate monitor, involving a quantitative specification, group working (two people), integration of one part of the project from one person with the other, analogue and digital electronics content, in discrete and embedded forms, low-level and high-level programming, use of engineering design software tools (e.g. VHDL), and testing methodologies to verify performance.
- design, analysis, construction and testing of components and subsystems for a Formula Student vehicle. This involves CAE tools for structural analysis, planning and execution of manufacture, and analysis of test results on scale models and/or full-size structures or elements.
- design, analysis, construction and testing of components and subsystems for a remotely-piloted unmanned aerial vehicle. This would involve CAE tools for aerodynamic and structural performance prediction, structural analysis, planning and execution of manufacture, and analysis of test results on wind-tunnel models and/or full-size airframes, substructures or elements. Competition with teams from other universities is encouraged.
- research, design, analysis, construction, prototyping and testing of a mini autonomous guided buggy. This involves optimising component identification and subsystem build to create an embedded self controlling vehicle. EDA/ECAD (Electronic Design Automation/Electronic Computer Aided Design) tools are used to incorporate suitable sensors and drive units around a microcontroller core on a PCB, which doubles as the buggy body. Team building and inter-group competition is promoted with regional team challenges from other academic institutions actively encouraged.
Projects and assignment vary in length and number according to the pathway and award, and may incorporate short exercises to allow the student to demonstrate understanding in specific areas according to pathway and award.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have developed basic proficiency with a range of professional-standard CAE tools appropriate to the pathway.||have demonstrated evidence of using a range of MCAD and/or ECAD tools to select and analyse a selection of components and subsystems.|
|2.||be able to specify and select standard materials, components and subsystems to translate designs from theory to practice.||have shown that you can identify appropriate vendor documents and select materials, components and subsystems to implement design strategies in pursuit of a specification.|
|3.||be able to conceive, design, implement and operate a range of components and subsystems to meet a design specification.||
have created and evaluated concepts for solving problems, then chosen workable concepts to be modelled using computers to predicted static and dynamic system behaviour using appropriate simulation tools;
have tested physical implementations of design(s) against specifications using equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the pathway and level.
|4.||be able to communicate technical concepts and present a written record of an engineering product development process with data, measurements, calculations, etc., to a professional standard.||have maintained an individual physical logbook or collaborative virtual log of project activity; and produced a physical report explaining the principles of the design(s) and justifying the decisions made. The log will be incorporated into the student's PDP portfolio.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Multiple short tests and assignments related to individual supporting specialist subject areas.||Practical synthesis of one or more components or subsystems. Evidence takes the form of project logs and reports, on paper or as VLE-based blog.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
No restrictions apply.
Given the diversity of the module, it is difficult to give a concise reading list here. Suggestions for booklists and recommended online sources will be issued to the students along with each project and/or supporting specialist teaching package.
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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