Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to H1K512
Tied to H1K514
Tied to H1K509


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with an advanced understanding of the concepts of concurrent engineering process modelling for various manufacturing processes.


  • Manufacturing Process Modelling and Process Planning;
  • Optimisation techniques, Inventory and Learning Curve Model;
  • Laser and Options in Manufacturing and Methodology;
  • Metal Forming: Classification, analytical methods and FEA Modelling.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding of the main building blocks of process modelling;
  • Understanding of the digital factory concept and appreciation of industrial applicabilitity.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to apply a theoretical optimisation method to a machine process;
  • Ability to evaluate and select metal forming processes effectively;
  • Process planning of a machined component with medium complexity.
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures to cover principle and technique.
  • Lab exercises on metrology facilities.
  • Assignments to underpin learning.
  • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 weekly 2 hours 19
Tutorials 19 weekly 1 hour 19
Lab Exercises 2 3 hours 6
Preparation and Reading 106
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100%
Component: Assignments Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
1st Assignment 3000 words 50%
2nd Assignment 3000 words 50%

Formative Assessment:

Students are provided with typical design questions throughout the course which they can attempt to answer and seek feedback.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University