ENG08031 2019 Design, Analysis and Simulation 401

General Details

Full Title
Design, Analysis and Simulation 401
Transcript Title
Design, Analysis and Simulatio
75 %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean Dalton, Marion McAfee, Conall Doran
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

This module introduces the learner to systematic design techniques for product/system specification; concept evaluation and design analysis within a project-based learning context.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate understanding of systematic design techniques which include technical, ethical and societal components.


Access and assemble information from reference sources (e.g. standards databases; patent databases).


Generate engineering design decisions based on sound criteria, analysis and evaluation and which take due note of manufacturing, legislative and other techniques.


Create professional reports on the engineering design process, including software output.


Analyse a variety of engineering mechanisms using computer analysis and simulation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be taught using problem based-learning and practicals.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be continuously assessed (100%)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will require resubmission of design reports.

Indicative Syllabus


The ‘Total Design’ philosophy

Concurrent Design
Market analysis/user needs and demands
The Product Design Specification
Conceptual design and evaluation
Strategies for detailed design and component design case study (eg, bearing/gearing/shaft/clutch design)

Analysis and simulation

Simulation of mechanisms using motion analysis

Simulation of Engineering problems using spreadsheets and other tools
Stress analysis and component optimisation using finite element analysis

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Project 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Flat Classroom Assorted assignments 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Practical 3.75 Twice Per Semester 0.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5.5 Weekly 5.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-01-29 Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
ISBN 0073529281 ISBN-13 9780073529288
Recommended Reading
2008-05-19 Engineering Design Methods Wiley
ISBN 0470519266 ISBN-13 9780470519264
Recommended Reading
2013-09-24 Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook Butterworth Heinemann
ISBN 0080977596 ISBN-13 9780080977591
Required Reading
1991-01 Total Design Addison-Wesley
ISBN UOM:49015001087122

Based around a core of design activities, this book presents the design function as a systematic and disciplined process, the objective of which is to create innovative products that satisfy customer needs. The author is widely regarded as a foremost authority on an integrated approach to product engineering. Highly suitable for all students in engineering, industrial design, architecture and computer science, as well as for the professional engineer and designer who will find in it a very useful framework to assist their design practice.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

The classroom used for teaching the module will need to have PCs with spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel), FEA software (e.g. ANSYS), 3D CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks)

Additional Information