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ME30365: Reverse engineering

[Page last updated: 27 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to:
* Enable students appraise existing products and recognise common mass manufacturing materials, manufacturing processes and product assembly processes;
* Develop students' expertise in product analysis
* Build students' technical understanding of the engineering design details seen in products.
* Enable students to practise reverse engineering in order to create new product and feature ideas.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit a student will be able to:
* Identify, in detail, commonly used engineering materials, manufacturing processes and product assembly processes; appraise them and provide reasons for their use in a particular application;
* Complete a systemic process of "mechanical dissection" and product analysis.
* Present a detailed understanding of the engineering embodiment details, which can determine the manufacturing processes, and the functioning of the product components in use.
* Generate creative design improvement ideas following a reverse engineering process.


* Problem solving and analytical thinking (F/A);
* reverse engineering (T/A);
* design communication (A);
* concept generation for design.


* Theory and methods from reverse engineering regarding materials recognition, manufacturing process recognition and assembly sequence recognition.
* Examples of cases and the situations in industry where reverse engineering is used in product development and/or manufacturing.
* Systemic approach(es) to the 'tear-down process'.
* Framework(s) for deducing the role of product components and manufacturing features.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME30365 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)


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