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ME50301: Computer aids for design

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment 1 (CW 25%)
  • Assignment 2 (CW 15%)
  • Assignment 3 (CW 10%)
  • Examination (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: ME50301 Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of: the use of computer aided techniques in the overall design process; the use of modelling within engineering design and analysis; the different types of modeller and their applications; data exchange and tools for capturing and managing engineering knowledge. To give experience in the use of CAD and related techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Describe the different types of CAD modelling and data exchange approaches, what they offer and their application to the overall design process; in particular to the design of machines and engineering systems.
* Understand the CAD requirements of typical companies.
* Appreciate how CAD (and related) techniques can be applied to different application areas.

Problem solving; numeracy; IT; working independently; written communication.

Computer aids for design, their relation to design needs, application to mechanism/machine design. Basic two and three dimensional drafting entities, manipulation, storage within system, transformations. Ideas of solid modelling, feature-based modelling, and constraint modelling. Graphics interface languages, parametrics.
Data representation and exchange: data and information in engineering; data types; mark-up languages; CAD data exchange; use of (for example) IGES and STEP. Collaboration and computer-supported co-operative work (CSCW). Product data management (PDM) and product life-cycle management (PLM). Use of modelling tools within engineering design and analysis, types of packages available (this may for example include self study and student presentation material that may be examined).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50301 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.