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MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Design 2 (Mechanical)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH20071
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


The design process is the starting point of most engineering endeavours, so it is important that those entering the engineering profession have a good grasp of design principles. Students will carry out design projects in groups. They will learn how design is carried out through lectures and by experiencing the process, from the specification of a problem, through the generation of ideas, the selection of a good solution and having to convince others of the viability of their solution. Students will be taken through the process of optimising a design, and producing manufacturing CAD drawings. The process will also manufacture part of a prototype using 3D printing. In the group design sessions, staff are available to give guidance as needed. The Unit consists of a 12 weeks project supported by lectures. The students work in groups of, typically, 5 or 6 persons. Changes are made to the projects each year.


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


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Design 1 (Mechanical) MECH10331 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


- Introduce the students to the principles of mechanical engineering design.

-Train the students to apply mechanical engineering design principles to produce a realistic design of a simple product.

-Train the students to design assemblies and implement solutions which meet the project requirements.

-Train the students to select suitable off-the-shelf components to solve a given problem.

-Train the students to produce CAD drawings

-Train the students to work as part of a Mechanical Engineering Design team


- Motion control, translation and rotation

-Spindle design, components and architecture

-Deflection under load: choose appropriate dimensions to reduce deflection and achieve requirements

-Basic components (Bearings, Linear rails, Lead screws & nuts): How to select suitable off-the-shelf components from suppliers’ catalogues

-Electric motors and actuators: Principles and selection of suitable components from standard catalogues

-CAD: Produce realistic CAD drawings suitable for machining

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 100%

Feedback methods

Written Feedback is provided on the marked Group Reports. General feedback is provided in two of the lectures.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 6
Project supervision 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 72

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Olivier Allegre Unit coordinator

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