MEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Design 3 (Mechanical)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH31041
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


In this unit the students work in small groups and act as an engineering design team tasked with solving a design problem inspired by real industrial experience. Past projects have included the design of a wildfire fighting equipment, the design of a testing device for measuring the efficiency of medical face masks, and the design of a novel propelling aid for improving inclusivity of wheelchair users in low-resource settings.




The aim of the unit is to provide both individual and group work experience in designing an engineered device or system by:

  • integrating sustainable development, sustainable development goals (SDGs), Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA), life-cycle costing, probabilistic approach, and their relationship with the design process,
  • utilising core course material assimilated in years one and two.



The students form groups or teams (4-6 members depending on the task) and are given a design brief by the client (the lecturers). By the end of the unit (week 12) each group is expected to present a feasible solution to the problem given in the design brief. By the end of the unit, the students will be able to:


  • work efficiently within a small team,
  • explain sustainability and relevant sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the design process,
  • explain relevant Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA) aspects in the design process,
  • evaluate design solutions and related materials/systems in the context of sustainability principles,
  • communicate effectively with team members, and
  • produce group-based documents.


In order to successfully complete the unit, the groups have to perform a number of design tasks and submit the supporting documentation as described below.


Generate concepts

Each team member has to develop a concept that could fulfil the technical specification supplied and submit this concept based on the guidelines provided. Upon completion of this task, the students will be able to:


  • conduct research into design problems,
  • develop concepts from initial ideas and inspirations,
  • communicate concepts in an unambiguous and effective manner.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Report 90%

Other - online quiz

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 8
Project supervision 16
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Akin Atas Unit coordinator

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