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ME30403: Group business & design project - I (BEng)

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Case Study (CW 22%)
  • Group Seminar and Reviews (CW 23%)
  • Feasibility Study (CW 55%)
Supplementary Assessment:
ME30403 Re-Assessment Coursework (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Extract and evaluate pertinent data and apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems [EA6m, P4m].
* Identify the entrepreneurial aspects and key drivers for business success in an engineering design scenario [EL7m].
* Work in a multi-disciplinary team [G3m, G4].
* communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences [D6].
* Describe the commercial, economic, legal and social context of their design decisions, including professional and ethical conduct and health and safety issues, and evaluate environmental and commercial risk {EL2, P5, EL1m, EL5m, EL6m].

Aims: To give each student the experience of a real engineering design situation as part of a group.
To locate the contribution of the engineer, whether in design, R&D, manufacture, in the context of securing the firms broad commercial goals by means of effective product and market related policies and practices.
To introduce the students to issues associated with entrepreneurship, sustainability and the environment.
To introduce the student to team working.
To introduce financial management procedures, marketing, ethics, risk assessment and business law.

Skills: Problem solving; numeracy; written communication; oral communication; working as part of a group; leadership.

Content: Evaluation study. Business lectures and workshops. Business game. Case studies. Seminar.

Programme availability:

ME30403 is a Designated Essential Unit 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-AFB16 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB16 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFB47 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB47 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)


  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2023/24 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2022/23.
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