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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to H100


  • • ENGI2201


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • The module will enhance the understanding of the design process and the way theoretical work supports design.
  • To give an introduction to innovation and business aspects of engineering design projects.


  • Introduction to patens and intellectual property issues;
  • Financial preparation, business planning and operations;
  • Marketing & sales considerations for engineering design projects.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will have an understanding of the different stages of the engineering design process, from problem conception to detailed design;
  • Students will have an understanding of how specialised, theoretical knowledge supports the design process;
  • Students will have an understanding of finance and marketing aspects of design.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will be able to provide an imaginative and innovative solution to a complex technical problem;
  • Students will be able to apply specialised theoretical knowledge gained from other courses to the novel solution of a problem;
  • Students will be able to apply finance, marketing and manufacturing concepts to their design projects.
Key Skills:
  • Students will have first-hand experience of team-working inherent in any group project;
  • Students will have presentation skills in pitching their design to a potential "customer";
  • Students will have report writing skills;
  • Students will have the 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

  • Engineering Design is taught through (i) a series of workshops on the wider business aspects of projects such as marketing & sales, finance, operations or design IPR (ii) a multi-disciplinary group design project which requires the application of advanced analytical knowledge and skills. An important part of the project will be devoted to finance, marketing and how the product would be manufactured. Students are required to plan and manage the project with the assistance of a design tutor team who act 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 business report, oral group project presentation, a final design report, the quality of the final design, project management and team-work.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Design and business lectures 6 2 per week 1 hour 12
Design Seminars 17 1 per week 2 hours 34
Project group work, preparation and reading 154
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Presentation 10% Yes
Design project assessment 90% Yes

Formative Assessment:


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