DSGN06157 2019 Design Engineering Project 202

General Details

Full Title
Design Engineering Project 202
Transcript Title
Design Engineering Project 202
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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 provide students with the necessary theoretical underpinnings, as well as the appropriate skills and tools to:

  • Combine techniques, methods and knowledge from a variety of subjects in order to undertake and successfully complete a design engineering project.
  • Integrate some of the subject material from other modules.
  • Develop an understanding of the different approaches to sustainable design.
  • Develop an understanding of their design process and ability through the production and evaluation of virtual and physical prototypes of their own design solutions.

Learning Outcomes

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


Design for durability and reliability through engineering solutions.


Utilise materials and processes efficiently and design for manufacturing & assembly criteria.


Apply and justify appropriate engineering analysis methods to optimise design solutions.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact of their design on mankind and the environment.


Visualise design progression and presentation through CAD tools, as well as appropriate media and physical parts/assemblies.

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.  Students will also access various facilities in order to build some aspects of their prototype (e.g. 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC, electronics, mechatronics, etc…).

The project brief will follow on from the outcomes of the first semester (Design Engineering Project 201 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

Students will also have the opportunity to further develop their global perspectives in engineering and design via an oversea study visit (usually one week).

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. detail design, CAD, FEA, virtual and/or physical prototypes, animation, 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.

Module Dependencies

DSGN06156 201900 Design Engineering Project 201

Indicative Syllabus

Design methods and processes, component specification, general arrangement drawing, detail design, design for assembly, design for manufacture, the needs of people, design verification techniques, standards & machine directives, circular economy, virtual prototyping and animation, physical prototyping, and presentation techniques.

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 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Design & Manufacture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Research & Development 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 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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