20 credits at level HE6
This module introduces the student to the societal context and role of Engineering, Science and Technology and analyses to what extent a professional engineer will play a part in the development and increasing necessity of Life Cycle Management of products, systems and processes.
To discuss, identify and consider the macro, meso and micro economic, business and societal context, arguments and dynamics both for and against the demand and consumption of products.
To identify, understand and analyse the key business and technical stages of the product development process and systems and draw informed inferences that are likely to arise in consequence.
Understand the influences on, wider expectations demanded of, and emerging issues affecting professional engineers, scientists and technologists engaged in the development and production of products.
To introduce and develop the concept of “design for life” and the appropriate management of this process used by industry.
Business and Professional Issues (Globalisation, Quality, Standards, Ethics, Environment and Sustainability)
Product Life Stages through: Pre-concept, Concept, Development, Launch, Growth, Review, Evaluation, Modification, Re-launch relating to:
• Product definition, specification and formulation
• Product need, want, creation, invention and innovation,
• Product Life Cycle, costs and resources, launch and re-launch.
• Manufacturing and assembly options and issues for processes and systems
• Regulatory environment and requirements
• Full life design and Life Cycle Management
• Competing technologies
The primary teaching approach will consist of lectures, student presentations, case studies, group discussions and access to on-line learning material. Analysis of societal issues relating to engineering problems will also be used in order to explore challenges and dilemmas often faced by Engineers. Guest speakers and industrial visits will also form a part of the learning experience.
The module will be assessed by completion of a two written assignments supported by a presentation and viva.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Recognise the constraints on the design and development process imposed by the current legislation for life cycle management.||
Evaluative report on the full life and the management of a predetermined and/or chosen case study of a product in and after service
|2.||Undertake research and information gathering information on a specific design, development problem and/or process.||Retrieve and analyse relevant information from a wide variety of sources and carry out evaluations, recommendations and proposals related to environmental, social and technical issues that inevitably arise as a consequence of product development.|
|3.||Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the various issues, calculations and constraints and limitations available to the engineer.||Undertake an investigatiion that analyses the effects of Life Cycle Management and cumulates in the production and submission of a numerically evidenced report and presentation.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Provision of a presentation, participation in general academic and collegiate debate, production and supplemented by submission of a written report that evaluates the potential change to the service life of products,components and processes by adopting a Life Cycle Management approach .||Present a proposal to evaluate the effects of Life Cycle Management supported by calculations and life cycle management plan for an industrial case study related to a relevant industry and undertake a short viva examination to a panel.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Design for life and repair on line resources developed by J Banks (C 2009)
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Leonard, Annie, (2010), The Story of Stuff, Constable & Robinson
The Engineer, MEP
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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