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Module Title
Introduction to Design, Materials and Manufacture
Reference EN1701 Version 6
Created March 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to design, materials and manufacture in an engineering context.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Identify and apply engineering design methods to analyse design examples using appropriate design process.
2 Explain the selection of materials in manufacturing and associated process.
3 Understand the manufacturing processes, customer needs and constraints on the manufacturing processes, including the concepts of measurements and metrology.

Indicative Module Content
This module will be activity centred and will introduce the student to the principles of the engineering design process for product development. It will introduce the principles of design as a process of meeting both customer and organisational needs while taking account of constraints. It will demonstrate the inter-relationship of design, materials, manufacture and test and how these relate to other non-technical factors. Students will learn the principles of materials technology including the structure and properties of representative engineering materials. Similarly, students will appreciate the main manufacturing processes and their capabilities and limitations. These principles will be applied in activities which will demonstrate the principles of inventive but realistic design and the criteria for the selection of materials and processes. The principles will be applied in context and the students will consider how market criteria and organisational imperatives affect the optimum solution to a design problem.

Module Delivery
The module will be essentially student centred but will be supported by lecture, demonstration, industrial visits and video where these are felt to be appropriate. It will involve the student working in a team to tackle problems relating to real mechanical engineering products. The student will be given set objectives and will in general be expected to follow prescribed procedures.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 55 55
Non-Contact Hours 95 95
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: A portfolio which will include laboratory reports and design work.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass, students should achieve a grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% and above
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module EN1600 Professional Skills or equivalent
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

The student will be provided suitable clothing for laboratory and workshop activities as designated by University staff.

1 ULRICH, K.T. and EPPINGER, S.D., 2016. Product Design and Development. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
2 HAWKES, B. and ABINETT, R., 1988. The Engineering Design Process. London: Longman.
3 TIMINGS, R.L., 2000. Manufacturing Technology: volume 1. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman.
4 CALLISTER W.D. and RETHWISCH, D.G., 2014. Materials Science and Engineering. 9th ed. New York: Wiley.

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