The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.
Drawing for Design
This module will teach and develop skills in constructed and freehand drawing in perspective. It will teach you the rules of perspective drawing and basic pen control. You will develop their skills from sketching simple boxes to sketching complex forms with detail and contour lines.
You will progressively learn to add detail to their drawings and learn to draw quickly and neatly. You will be taught how light and shade can explain complex forms. You will learn how to use markers to add tonal work to sketches and to combine all these skills to produce sketch pages for design projects. The exercises will also help develop special awareness abilities and an appreciation of form.
Engineering Design and Design Project
This year long module introduces you to basic concepts and practice of design and manufacture with a semester long group and individual project. It includes the following topics:
- the process of design supported by practical design activities.
- engineering drawing
- solid modelling and drawing generation using Creo
- machine elements
- group design project with integrated individual element
- machine shop practical training
Industrial Design Professional Practice
This module provides an introduction to Industrial Design; a brief history of its leading practitioners, its impact on popular culture, the role of the designer, design methodology and ethical responsibilities of the designer.
The module also contains sessions teaching design project practice, graphical skills used in design, photography and the production of a portfolio of skills for the first year of your course.
Materials and Manufacturing
This year long module introduces you to the properties of materials, the main failure mechanisms which a designer will be concerned with (e.g. overload, fracture, creep, fatigue).and core manufacturing methods used in engineering applications. It includes the following topics:
- the role of materials and material properties in the design process
- the selection and use of materials
- the basic science underlying material properties and approaches to avoid failure of materials to provide the knowledge with which to design materials with better properties. For each property (or group of properties) a case study of practical design application will be addressed
- an introduction to manufacturing in the UK an introduction to high value – low volume and low value – high volume manufacturing processes including: casting, machining, moulding, forming, powder processing, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly
- an introduction into additive manufacturing
- an introduction to manufacturing metrology
Mathematics for Engineers
This module introduces a range of fundamental elementary mathematical techniques that can be applied to mechanical engineering, manufacturing and product design problems. It includes:
- advanced differential and integral calculus of one variable
- first-order ordinary-differential equations
- algebra of complex numbers
- matrix algebra and its applications to systems of equations and eigenvalue problems
- functions and their properties
- vector spaces and their applications
- vector calculus
Statics and Dynamics
This introductory module covers analysis methods applicable to engineering design, including:
- review of basic mechanics: vectors, units, forces and moments, Newton’s laws
- static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces
- free body diagrams and pin-jointed structures
- stress, strain and elasticity
- multi-axial stress-strain; thin walled vessels under pressure
- shear stress and torsion of shafts
- plane stress; Mohr's circle analysis
- beam bending: shear force and bending moment diagrams
- 2nd moments of area of cross-sections
- bending stresses in beams
- linear and rotational motion: displacement, velocity and acceleration
- relationship between angular and linear motion
- Newton's laws for linear and rotational motion
- linear and angular momentum, including conservation of momentum
- work, energy and power, including kinetic and potential energy
- geared systems
- drive systems, including tangential drives and vehicles
- load characteristics and steady-state characteristics
- flywheel design
- static and dynamic balancing
Near Net Shape Manufacture
This module examines modern manufacturing techniques currently being exploited within industry which results in near net shape parts. You will be provided with the essential knowledge which will enable you to understand common place and emerging near net shape manufacturing techniques. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and one hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
This module will give an understanding of the need for automation and robotics in manufacturing industry. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of automated manufacture, the role of automation in manufacturing, and its advantages and limitations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and four hours in seminars each week when studying this module.
Design for Manufacture
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in design for manufacturing and manufacturing and product development. It covers design for manufacturability, design for assembly, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, jigs and fixtures, process planning and group technology and design for cost. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Production and Inventory Management
This module describes the main factors which influence the needs of a manufacturing control (production and inventory control) system including the market, the manufacturing and information processing technology and the skills of the workforce. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Introduction to Marketing
This module is primarily intended for non-Business School students. This module aims to introduce the concept of marketing as an approach to business and to discuss the nature of marketing strategy. You’ll investigate the challenges of managing the marketing mix. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in a seminar each week when studying this module.
Computer Modelling Systems
This module will teach and develop knowledge and skills in the uses of two types of software: computer aided design software and computer animation and visualisation software. Students are taught free form surface modelling and other advanced modelling techniques in Pro E. In 3D Studio Max you are taught to produce photo realistic images from CAD data. You’ll spend two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Design Visualisation Techniques
The module enables students to develop their visual presentation skills of design concepts and ideas. It aims to introduce students to a range of presentation techniques and media including hand rendered/drawing techniques as well as computer based digital techniques. You’ll spend three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Second Year Design Projects
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their second year. Through practical design work the students will be faced with the problems of managing different constraints and producing cohesive design proposals. The students will become familiar with the process of receiving design briefs, managing time and resources and presenting design solutions. You’ll spend 12 hours in practicals and eight hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
Second Year Group Design Project
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their second year. The module comprises an individual and a group design project. Through practical design work the students will be faced with the problems of managing differing constraints, possibly conflicting views and workload management to produce a cohesive design proposal. You’ll spend ten hours in practicals and four hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
Ergonomics in Design
This module aims to introduce the cognitive, physical, environmental and organisational bases of ergonomics/human factors. The course will provide knowledge and understanding of when an ergonomics intervention is required and how to manage, organise and evaluate such a programme. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
This module introduces students to modern management methods relevant to the running of a company. Topics include: introduction to basic economics; the essential requirements and aims of a business; preparing a business plan; accounting; interpretation of accounts; programme management; the essentials of “lean” manufacture and the management of innovation. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
This module aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills regarding the physical characteristics of people (body size, strength, flexibility, etc.) and environments (lighting, thermal, sound, etc.) as they relate to the design of products, workplaces and tasks/jobs. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
RSA Design Projects
The module comprises of two projects. In the first project, students will be able to use ‘People Centred Research’ to find creative approaches to difficult problems. In the second project, students will be able to detail a simple product for manufacture by injection moulding. You’ll spend 12 hours in practicals and four hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
BEng Major Design Project
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their third year. It is the final project of the BEng degree programme. The module comprises of one project, which develops and showcases the design skills of the student. This work will form the basis of the end of course exhibition. You’ll spend 20 hours working practically each week when studying this module.
Product Design Dissertation
This is an individual report based project which seeks to develop the student’s ability to think critically, plan and present on a piece of work at a professional level. The content of the project must focus on some element of design & manufacture, but could involve experimental, theoretical, observational or practical work together with a relevant literature review. You’ll spend one hour in a tutorial each week when studying this module.
Manufacturing Process Capability
The module will give students in-depth understanding of technical capability of modern manufacturing processes in relation to product design. The aim of the module is to develop students’ abilities to understand and assess the capability of single and combined manufacturing processes. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in seminars each week when studying this module.
Optional: Students must take 20 credits from this group
Cognitive Ergonomics in Design
This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of cognitive ergonomics and the way in which the consideration of cognitive ergonomics can impact on human performance in the workplace. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Management Studies 2
On completion of this module you will be able to understand how projects are selected and financially evaluated. You'll be able to construct and monitor the elements of an engineering or business programme and acquire an ability to manage risks and quality issues in the industrial and business context. You'll develop an understanding of the basics of English Law. You’ll spend two hours in lectures in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Simulation and Digital Human Modelling
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to use digital human modelling and systems simulation approaches in Human Factors research and design/evaluation work. In addition, the module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental assumptions upon which digital human modelling and simulation tools are based and their primary capabilities and limitations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Computer Aided Engineering
This module will enable you to create, display and analyse complex forms and assemblies. Various elements of CAE will be covered including, solid & surface modelling, rendering and analysis. Review of the CAE software and industry. You’ll spend three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of key environmental and sustainability issues that are relevant to modern manufacturing. It also aims to provide a set of tools and skills that may be used to design, analyse, and improve manufacturing processes, products, and business operations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
This module will allow you to gain an understanding of the chemistry of polymers, the routes to polymerisation and their effect on the material; the rheology of polymer melts, the basics of the main polymer processing operations, and the interaction between rheology and processing; the mechanical properties of polymers. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in a seminar each week when studying this module.