Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to H100


  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • As specified in Programme Regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • This module is designed solely for students studying School of Engineering and Computing Sciences degree programmes.
  • To enhance understanding of the design process and the way theoretical work supports design.
  • To give an introduction to the New Product Development process (NPD) and how it operates in a real engineering environment.


  • Design Project, laboratories.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of how specialised, theoretical knowledge supports the design process.
  • An understanding of the different stages of the engineering design process, from problem conception to detailed design.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Specification, planning and management of an engineering design project.
  • Application of specialised theoretical knowledge gained from other courses to the novel solution of a problem.
  • Preparation and delivery of an in-depth technical report.
  • Preparation and delivery of a group technical presentation.
  • Preparation and delivery of a concise commercial feasibility report.
  • Providing an imaginative and innovative solution to a complex technical problem.
  • The specialised use of IT relevant to engineering, such as project management software, electronic circuit simulation software and fluid simulation software.
Key Skills:
  • Communicate advanced technical information effectively.
  • Team working.
  • Ability to seek out relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to organise a body of information into a coherent structure.
  • Time and resource management.
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations

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

  • Students undertake a multi-disciplinary group design project which requires the application of advanced computational and analytical knowledge and skills. They are required to plan and manage the project with the assistance of a design tutor who acts in a consultative capacity. The assessment of this element is based upon a substantial, written report which brings together the specialised contributions of team members. All aspects of the project are taken into consideration, including the feasibility report, the presentation, the quality of the final design, the management of the project and team-working.
  • A formative laboratory program develops practical laboratory skills and supports lecture material from other modules.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Design lecture 1 1 in term 1. 2 hours 2
Project meetings 11 typically 1 per week 2 hours 22
Laboratories 16 typically 1 per week 3 hours 48
Preparation and reading 128
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Design Feasibility Report 5% none
Design Presentation 10% none
Final Design Report 40% none
Quality of Final Design 25% none
Design Project Planning, Project Management and Project Execution 10% none
Design Project Team Working 10% none

Formative Assessment:

Marking of laboratory records.

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