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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module ENGI41415: Advanced Engineering Design

Department: Engineering

ENGI41415: Advanced Engineering Design

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding of modern design techniques, product development and new production processes.


  • Design fundamentals
  • Design planning
  • Design evaluation
  • Conceptual design
  • Embodiment design
  • Product development
  • Product management
  • Modelling and prototyping

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An in depth understanding of the design process from concept to product. A3
  • An in depth understanding of product development and product management techniques. A3, B1
  • An understanding of how theoretical design techniques are applied in industry. A3, B11
  • To be able to apply systematic methods to the implementation and management of the design process and product development through group and individual work. A3, B1, B11, C5
  • To understand the key ingredients of effective team-working and to have direct experience of applying them. C5
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      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.
      • A group design project focusing on an aspect of new and renewable energy engineering. This assignment will develop the student's knowledge of the implementation and management of the design process and their team-working skills. The assessment of this assignment will involve an element of student peer assessment. The mark will be made up from a team component and an individual component.
      • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 10 weekly 1 hour 10
      Tutorials 19 weekly 1 hour 19
      In-Company Exercises 3 3 hours 9
      Preparation and Reading 112
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written Examination May/June 2 hours 100%
      Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 50%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Coursework 1 50%
      Coursework 2 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