PROJ07040 2019 Integrated Project

General Details

Full Title
Integrated Project
Transcript Title
Integrated Project
75 %
Subject Area
PROJ - Project
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Donal Lyons, Michael Moffatt, Robert Craig, Eamonn Price, Paul Ferry, Mary Nolan, David McMoreland, 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_EPREC_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

Working in teams, students will design, build and test a working prototype for a mechanical/precision engineering device, machine, or system.  These challenging group projects integrate and reinforce the design, manufacture, analytical, managerial and communication skills acquired throughout the entire programme.

Learning Outcomes

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


Design and build a working prototype for a mechanical/precision engineering device, machine or system as specified in an agreed design brief.


Plan the phases in a ‘design-build-test’ project, taking into account time, resource, cost and technical constraints.


Prepare, and critically analyse, concepts and alternative solutions to a mechanical/precision engineering design problem.


Prepare the detailed design and undertake the analysis necessary to generate a solution for a mechanical/precision 'design-build-test' project proposal.


Research, cost, select and specify appropriate materials, standard parts and recycled products for a mechanical/precision engineering project.


Prepare a project plan, a work breakdown plan and process plan for the design, manufacture, assembly, testing and reporting of a ‘design-built-test’ project.


Make a worthwhile contribution, as a team member, to the project activities required to design, machine, manufacture, assemble, commission, measure and evaluate a solution to a mechanical/precision engineering project.


Communicate, document and present effectively the iterative design experience and final working solution.


Conduct him/her self with confidence during interviews and presentations

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Every effort will be made to ensure that the projects chosen are industry based, linked to a company in mechanical/precision engineering or manufacturing industry, and produced to industrial standards.  Each team will be required to identify and visit a company in industry that has products or services relevant to the project. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Project assessment will include individual and group assessments in the following areas:

  • Design Process Implementation (process, concept, innovation, CNC code (where appropriate), working drawings, etc).
  • Project Management (planning, project plan, teamwork, etc).
  • Material Selection (material considerations, parts selection, heat treatment, stress analysis, etc).
  • Machine Build (CNC & manual machining, fabrication, metrology, automation, control, finishing, etc).
  • Implementation (commissioning, measurement, testing, analysis, validation, etc).  
  • Presentations (project proposal, progress report, final presentation, etc).
  • Documentation (proposal, brief, specification, final report, etc).


Repeat Assessments

Students will be required to repeat attend and undertake a new project.

Indicative Syllabus

Integration of design, CNC machining (where appropriate), metrology, manufacture, analysis, management and communications topics covered throughout the programme into group project activity.  Project selection must involve designing, building and testing a working prototype for a mechanical/precision engineering device, machine or system. Projects are intended to ensure graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by industry.

Stages in the design process, product or system research, clarifying objectives, design brief, project planning, work breakdown, resources, available equipment, timescales, costs, safety and risk management. 

Creativity & innovation, research, market place analysis, brainstorming, concept design, freehand sketching, materials and standard parts considerations, generation and evaluation of alternatives, improving details, costs, environmental considerations, product life-cycle. 

Selection and specification of materials, utilisation and selection of standard parts, incorporation of recycled parts, costs analysis, ordering of parts and materials. 

Concept consolidation, selection of final design, design for manufacture, serviceability, appropriate analysis, creation of 3D CAD prototype models, simulation, production of detailed working drawings to ISO standards, CNC code generation (where appropriate), rapid prototyping considerations. 

Project management techniques, tasks and milestones, resource management, critical path analysis, Gantt charts, lead times.

Manufacturing processes and techniques, CNC & manual machining - turning, milling grinding, CNC and CAM, welding, sheet metalwork, fabrication, production of necessary jigs and production aids, fitting of standard parts, integration of automation equipment and techniques, wiring, plc programming, assembly.

Testing and commissioning, analysis of final solution, trouble shooting, evaluation, conclusions and recommendations. 

Communication: transactional analysis, self-concept, stages in group development, roles within teams, 20th and 21st century leadership styles, emotional competencies of leaders, sources of conflict, conflict management strategies, assertiveness techniques, motivation, ethical principles, oral presentations, report writing.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Assessment of Projects Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork General Engineering Workshop Design, Build,Test, Report 5 Weekly 5.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Communication, HRPD & Project Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Project Management & Project Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Lecturer directed Communication and Project Management 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Project research and planning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2010 Design Concepts for Engineers Prentice Hall
ISBN 9780136069553 ISBN-13 013606955X

"This book teaches the principles of design, and how they apply to engineering design projects and future job activities. Updated in response to reviewer feedback, this edition features even more design projects and increased coverage of team skills."--Publisher's website.

Required Reading
Advanced Design Concepts for Engineers Technomic Publishers

Required Reading
20/12/2019 How to plan, execute and present a small engineering project Avalon Technologies

Required Reading
2014-01-27 Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 0073398209 ISBN-13 9780073398204

Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design is intended for students beginning the study of mechanical engineering design. Students will find that the text inherently directs them into familiarity with both the basics of design decisions and the standards of industrial components. It combines the straightforward focus on fundamentals that instructors have come to expect, with a modern emphasis on design and new applications. The tenth edition maintains the well-designed approach that has made this book the standard in machine design for nearly 50 years. McGraw-Hill is also proud to offer Connect with the tenth edition of Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design. This innovative and powerful new system helps your students learn more efficiently and gives you the ability to assign homework problems simply and easily. Problems are graded automatically, and the results are recorded immediately. Track individual student performance - by question, assignment, or in relation to the class overall with detailed grade reports. ConnectPlus provides students with all the advantages of Connect, plus 24/7 access to an eBook. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design. includes the power of McGraw-Hill's LearnSmart--a proven adaptive learning system that helps students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge through a series of adaptive questions. This innovative study tool pinpoints concepts the student does not understand and maps out a personalized plan for success.

Required Reading
2016-11 Materials Selection in Mechanical Design Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN 0081005997 ISBN-13 9780081005996

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Fifth Edition, describes the procedures for material selection in mechanical design in order to ensure that the most suitable materials for a given application are identified from the full range of materials and section shapes available. Extensively revised for this fifth edition, the book is recognized as one of the leading materials selection texts, providing a unique and innovative resource for students, engineers, and product/industrial designers. Includes significant revisions to chapters on advanced materials selection methods and process selection, with coverage of newer processing developments such as additive manufacturing Contains a broad scope of new material classes covered in the text with expanded data tables that include "functional" materials such as piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, magneto-caloric, and thermo-electric materials Presents improved pedagogy, such as new worked examples throughout the text and additional end-of-chapter exercises (moved from an appendix to the relevant chapters) to aid in student learning and to keep the book fresh for instructors through multiple semesters "Forces for Change" chapter has been re-written to outline the links between materials and sustainable design

Required Reading
2016-02-01 Engineering Drawing and Design Cengage Learning
ISBN 9781305659728 ISBN-13 1305659724

For more than 25 years, students have relied on this trusted text for easy-to-read, comprehensive drafting and design instruction that complies with the latest ANSI and ASME industry standards for mechanical drafting. The Sixth Edition of ENGINEERING DRAWING AND DESIGN continues this tradition of excellence with a multitude of real, high-quality industry drawings and more than 1,000 drafting, design, and practical application problemsincluding many new to the current edition. The text showcases actual product designs in all phases, from concept through manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. In addition, the engineering design process now features new material related to production practices that eliminate waste in all phases, and the authors describe practices to improve process output quality by using quality management methods to identify the causes of defects, remove them, and minimize manufacturing variables. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Required Reading
2005 Management for engineers, scientists, and technologists Wiley
ISBN 0470021268 ISBN-13 9780470021262

Significantly revised and updated, this second edition of Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists is vital reading for all students of any of these subjects hoping to make it in the real world. Increasingly, students of engineering, science and technology subjects are finding that their success depends as much on general management skills and understanding operational systems, as on their technical expertise. This book offers students that all important, firm foundation in management training. Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists offers a practical and accessible introduction to management and provides a comprehensive guide to the management tools used in managing people and other resources. Part 1 includes a series of chapters on management applications and concepts, starting with basic issues such as What is a business? and What is management?' continuing through management of quality, materials and new product development and concluding with examples of successful companies who provide good models of management. Part 2 starts with chapters on human resource management, and communication, and goes on to provide some tools and techniques, such as critical path networks, discounted cash flow, inventory control, concluding with a new chapter on the management of SMEs. The authors significant experience in both teaching and industry provides valuable lessons in business management, and allows them to give real life, insightful case studies.

Required Reading
2005 Ethics in Engineering McGraw-Hill Professional
ISBN 0072831154 ISBN-13 9780072831153

This text has been revised to expand the ethics for engineering courses. All case studies have been updated and new topics include computer ethics, environmental ethics, corporate loyalty and collegiality.

Required Reading
2014-06-30 A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118832523 ISBN-13 1118832523

A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO WRITING Technical ideas may be solid or even groundbreaking, but if these ideas cannot be clearly communicated, reviewers of technical documentse.g., proposals for research funding, articles submitted to scientific journals, and business plans to commercialize technologyare likely to reject the argument for advancing these ideas. The problem is that many engineers and scientists, entirely comfortable with the logic and principles of mathematics and science, treat writing as if it possesses none of these attributes. The absence of a systematic framework for writing often results in sentences that are difficult to follow or arguments that leave reviewers scratching their heads. This book fixes that problem by presenting a scientific approach to writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an approach based on an easily-discernable set of principles. Rather than merely stating rules for English grammar and composition, this book explains the reasons behind these rules and shows that good reasons can guide every writing decision. This resource is also well suited for the growing number of scientists and engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere who speak English as a second language, as well as for anyone else who just wants to be understood.

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