DSGN06156 2019 Design Engineering Project 201

General Details

Full Title
Design Engineering Project 201
Transcript Title
Design Engineering Project 201
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paul Ferry, Gerard McGranaghan, Xavier Velay
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EMECL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EMECH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

This module aims to allow students to apply their theoretical knowledge, as well as their skills and competencies gained so far, to a specific design engineering project. Students are encouraged to: • Develop an approach to simple designs that is creative, dynamic and structured, thereby encouraging the development of creative and analytical thinking in Design and Engineering. • Develop a holistic approach to design that satisfies both the technological and humanistic needs and requirements of an engineering product. • Develop time and project planning techniques that ensure that effort is applied effectively throughout the design process. • Develop skills for presenting and communicating the design process through a range of media.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Apply design methods and processes to integrating design engineering projects.


Consider design in a holistic way by combining design skills with technical and human considerations to meet established needs.


Conceptualise, detail, select and justify appropriate design solutions.


Undertake and organise design project work and meet time deadlines.


Present and communicate designs through a range of design media.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In this module students will attend lectures where the principles and application of design methods and processes will be explained and demonstrated. The lectures will be the forum for the briefing of design projects. 

The weekly project tutorials will facilitate project work, discussions within groups of students and also allow formal and informal group critique of student design work. Students are encouraged to learn from each other by sharing experiences, ideas and knowledge.

At the beginning of the academic year, students will be presented with a brief for the project and the associated marking scheme.  It will be made clear that the outcomes of their project development work in the first semester will feed into the realisation of their project in the second semester (Design Engineering Project 202 module).

The project brief and marking scheme will be reviewed every year in order to introduce some flexibility in the types of projects that students will undertake.  Projects could be of the following types:

  • Individual and or group
  • Company sponsored
  • Linked to a national competition
  • Linked with GMIT or LYIT under the Connacht-Ulster Alliance
  • Interdisciplinary with students from other Departments


Module Assessment Strategies

The module is 100% CA and the submission will consist of the following:

  • A report (80%) of 2,000 words or equivalent (e.g. sketches, CAD, calculations, etc…);
  • A presentation (20%) of the final concept.

Detailed marking schemes will be formulated depending on the nature of the project.

Repeat Assessments

Where a learner or group of learners fail the CA element of the module they will be required to resubmit the project, or an equivalent piece of work.

Indicative Syllabus

Design methods and processes, analysis, mood boards, competitor analysis, brainstorming, morphology, human factors, creativity, concept generation, decision matrix, product design specifications, and presentation techniques (including Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 80 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4
2 Presentation Continuous Assessment Interview 20 % End of Semester 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Design Projectwork Classroom Flexible Seating Project work 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Research & Development 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Log Book & Design 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Budynas, R. and Nisbett, K., 2014, Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design (in SI Units) 10th Ed, McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-9814595285

Dieter, G., 2000, Engineering Design, 3rd Ed, Singapore: McGraw-Hill International Editions (Mechanical Engineering Series), ISBN 0-07-116204-6

Lakdawalla, E., 2018, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job (Springer Praxis Books)

Hudson, J., 2008, Process – 50 Product designs from concept to manufacture. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd

Lee, J. et Al, 2017, Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, 3rd Ed, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1539808008

Lefteri, C., 2007, Making it, Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design, Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85669-506-0

Lidwell et al. 2003, Universal Principles of Design, Rockport

Journal Resources


URL Resources

Circular Economy (www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org)

Design Council (www.designcouncil.org.uk)

European patent Office (www.epo.org)

Engineers Ireland (www.engineersireland.ie)

The CDIO™ initiative (www.cdio.org)

Other Resources


BS 8888:2017, Technical product documentation and specification, British Standards Institute.

BS EN ISO 1101:2017, Geometrical product specifications (GPS). Geometrical tolerancing. Tolerances of form, orientation, location and run-out. British Standards Institute.

Machinery Directive, Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

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