MEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Robotics, Metrology and Bioengineering

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH41032
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The bioengineering element will provide an insight of medical challenges and an appreciation of medical device design and manufacture. The metrology element will provide students with an appreciation and understanding of the operation and limitations of state of the art measurement tools and technologies. This will be applied to inspect manufactured parts/manufacturing equipment and highlight its importance in the design process. The robotics element will give students an introduction to the engineering design and analysis of robotic manipulator systems and their applications, including the mechanics of motion, dynamics, sensing and actuating methods and control strategies.



This unit aims for students to acquire knowledge and develop an understanding of three key technological areas in manufacturing, specifically robotics, metrology and bioengineering. Knowledge of these technologies will enhance the employability of both design and manufacturing engineers.


Robotics: Introduction to robotics;  Components and Mechanisms; Robot actuation, Drives, transmissions; Robot Kinematics; Robot programming, trajectory generation and calculation; Robot Control systems; Robot Dynamics; Robot end effectors and tooling

Metrology: Definition of the most common terminology in metrology; Assessment of static, dynamic and kinematic properties of machine tools; Types of coordinate measuring machines, their operation and errors; Micro metrology; Large-scale metrology (laser trackers/scanners); Scanning electron microscopy.

Bioengineering: Introduction to some major diseases/biological systems and the engineering used in current treatments; Biomaterials; Manufacturing processes; Case studies on the design and manufacture of both external and internal implants (e.g. prosthetics for amputees, joint replacements, tissue scaffolds, etc); Regulatory and ethical issues in the design and development of medical devices.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Other - online quiz


Feedback methods

Students will be given verbal feedback on their performance in and understanding of the three lab activities after each session.

Written feedback on the coursework will be provided before the final unit exam. Collective feedback is also given during the lecture periods when marked reports are handed back.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Practical classes & workshops 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 111

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Heinemann Unit coordinator

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