MSc Mechanical Engineering Design
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Division (L5)|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
The unit involves the acquisition of skills and techniques in research methods and related activities which are transferable across engineering disciplines and professions. It also includes non-technical topics related to research project management which complement the engineering content. The unit is designed to prepare MSc students to undertake their dissertation project
(1) To develop knowledge and understanding of research methods used in engineering research.
(2) To acquire and develop skills in i) the use of techniques, methods and software packages relevant to engineering research, ii) the planning and management of experimental research work and iv) in carrying out of literature searches and the presentation of their results.
(3) To acquire knowledge of the Project Management steps required to plan, implement and complete an Engineering research project.
1 Introduction Unit structure, Introduction to Blackboard, Introduction to Research Methods, The Scientific Method, research definitions, research philosophies and approaches, reasoning, research tools and the purpose of engineering research. Qualitative and Quantitative research. Technology Readiness Levels.
2 MATLAB1 MATLAB –
3 Academic Writing Introduction to Academic writing, referencing, Ethics, academic integrity, collusion, fabrication, plagiarism.
Introduction to Innovation in engineering, patenting, publishing/ IP protection. Types of reports, structural conventions, Prototyping and test rigs. Case studies of engineering failures.
4 MATLAB2 MATLAB – Matrices
5 Critical literature review Critical literature review, reporting vs critiquing. Types of literature source, data gathering. Choosing a research dissertation project. Choosing literature sources, search engines, tools and methods, comparison matrix. Referencing and reference managers. Dissertation title allocation process.
6 MATLAB3 MATLAB – Programming
7 Dissertation Project design Project aims and objectives. SMART objectives. Principles, methodologies and practices of data collection. Use of software tools. Data handling. Error analysis. Reliability and validity of data. Dissertation project structure. Using figures, tables and graphs.
8 Presentation Skills Types of presentations, planning a presentation, presentation design and structure, presentation style, visual aids, time limits, poster presentations.
9 Subject specific application *Subject specific application as per below.
10 Introduction to project management Engineers as project managers. Purpose of project management, core components, PM systems. Project phases and processes, project planning tools, Gantt charts, precedence diagrams and mind maps.
11 Project management 2 Planning a research project, Project characteristics. Project Initiation and planning. Project deliverables, Work Breakdown Structures and Product Breakdown Structures. Estimating, Program Evaluation Review Technique and Critical Path Method. Project Management Plans. Activity on Arrow/ Activity on Node networks. Resource Organisation and Resource Assignment Matrix. Introduction to managing risk. Introduction to project implementation. Project Closure activities.
12 Research methods summary Project tracking and closure, time management, Unit summary and quiz.
Various times Personal tutorials/ additional subject specific.*The syllabus content is taught to 5 MSc programmes. These programmes study the following topics separately and specific to the programme:
MSc in Aero and TPFE An introduction to FORTRAN programming
MSc in AMT Advanced topics and practice for MATLAB
MSc in MED Design tutorial
MSc in Structural engineering will have a case study visit to view relevant buildings locally
|Practical skills assessment||20%|
Assessment by supervisors / written feedback on blackboard
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Supervised time in studio/wksp||4|
|Independent study hours|
|Milan Mihajlovic||Unit coordinator|