The aim of the module is to introduce you to the design process and the skills employed therein, within a mechanical engineering context.
In the first semester there are three elements to the module and the following will be covered
Professional Skills: report writing, literature searching, presentation skills, team working;
Design Process: product design specification, concept design, selection of concept designs, detail design;
Drawing: sketching, engineering drawings to BS 8888, computer aided design.
You will gain practise of the above through writing a technical report, producing a range of sketches and drawings and through a design project.
In the second semester the work develops themes introduced in the first semester. It consists of the following three elements,
An introduction to the patent system and intellectual property rights to provide a basic understanding of how product designs, as intellectual property, are protected.
A team design, build and test project, which includes: designing a structure, producing the engineering drawings and building the structure to the drawings.
A team design project for a mechanical product, which includes: producing a product design specification, undertaking a patent search, producing a range of concept designs, selecting an appropriate concept, producing a detail design.
In the weeks allocated for post-examination courses, you will undertake workshop training.