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ME40214: Specialist design 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 30
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ME40213
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide the opportunity for creative long term design project work.
To illustrate the totality of the product development process, from concept design, through design iteration, to detailed design.
To allow synthesis of information and skills from within other parts of the undergraduate programme and from external sources.
To improve effective communication of a major piece of design project work.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Plan project work and conduct the various stages of a design project, which may include: iterative design development, research activities, parts procurement, test development, contacting experts, etc.
* Present the results of a design project via written documentation, proof of principle prototypes, oral presentations and detailed design drawings.

Problem solving; written communication; oral communication; IT; working independently; entrepreneurship.

Entry to this unit is dependent upon satisfactory completion of Specialist Design Project I. Students continue the work initially started in this previous unit under the guidance of a supervisor and are encouraged to produce documentary evidence of their design progress. Students must organise weekly meetings with their supervisor. Three peer-groups meetings are organised through the semester where students are required to contribute and support each other’s design progress. In week 9 students present their proof-of-principle prototype which demonstrates the design solution (or parts there of) and are subject to a viva. In week 11, the final report covering the whole project is handed in. Detail design drawings are expected in the appendices. In weeks 12 and 13 the final seminars are held and posters are submitted.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME40214 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UEME-AFM41 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM41 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.