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ME40314: Aerospace group business & design project - II

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 18 [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 360
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Business Seminar (CW 7%)
  • Primary Report (CW 58%)
  • Secondary Report (CW 25%)
  • Design Exhibition (CW 10%)
Supplementary Assessment:
ME40314 Reassessment Coursework (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before or while taking this module you must take ME30313
Description: Aims:
To give each student the experience of a real aerospace design situation as part of a group.
This unit builds on the evaluation stage, leading to a detailed design that takes into account both engineering and business aspects.
To present these results in written and oral form and to practising engineers at an exhibition.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Plan and manage the technical process that is engineering design, applying concepts from a range of areas [EL3m, SM6m, P1, P9m, P10m].
* Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the commercial aspects of engineering, and develop and evaluate a business plan [D5].
* Work in a multi-disciplinary team and manage their role [P1m, G1, G2].
* Generate an innovative and sustainable design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs [D8m, EL4].
* Identify quality issues and their application to continuous improvement [P7].

Working in a team; problem solving; numeracy; written communication; oral communication; IT; leadership.

Detail Design/Detailed Commercial Study. Numerical analysis. Design for manufacture. CAD. Business Plan. Flight Test. Exhibition presentation.

Programme availability:

ME40314 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)

ME40314 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)


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