Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K509


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The module will provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of modern design techniques, product development and new production processes.
  • The module will also provide students with an advanced understanding of the concepts of concurrent engineering and process modelling for various manufacturing processes.
  • This module is complemented by the 90 credit MSc Research and Development project module where the MSc student has the opportunity to apply the material taught in this module in a large scale project.


  • Design fundamentals.
  • Design planning.
  • Design evaluation.
  • Conceptual design.
  • Embodiment design.
  • Product development.
  • Product management.
  • Modelling and prototyping.
  • Manufacturing Process Modelling and Process Planning.
  • Optimisation techniques and analytical methods in machining.
  • Laser and Options in Manufacturing and Methodology.
  • Classification, analytical methods and FEA Modelling in metal forming.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An in depth understanding of the design process from concept to product.
  • An in depth understanding of product development and product management techniques.
  • An understanding of how theoretical design techniques are applied in industry.
  • Ability to apply systematic methods to the implementation and management of the design process and product development through group and individual work.
  • Understanding of the key ingredients of effective team-working and direct experience of applying them.
  • Understanding of the main building blocks of process modelling.
  • Understanding of the digital factory concept and appreciation of industrial applicability.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to apply a theoretical optimisation method to a machining process.
  • Ability to evaluate and select metal forming processes effectively.
  • Process planning of a machined component with medium complexity.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Highly specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • Highly specialised use of information technology (IT) relevant to the engineering profession.

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

  • Lectures to cover design and product development principles.
  • In-company exercises to give the students an understanding of the industrial context of their work.
  • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.
  • Workshop exercises to promote the understanding of FE modelling.
  • Assignments to underpin learning.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 32 2 per week (typ) 1 Hour 32
In-Company exercises 2 3 hours 6
Lab exercises 1 2 hours 2
Tutorials 38 2 per week up to 1 hour 38
Preparation and Reading 122
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 10%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Advanced Engineering Design 4 weeks 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 90%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Advanced Engineering Design 2 hours 44%
Advanced Manufacturing Technology 2 hours 56%

Formative Assessment:

Students are provided with typical review 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