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ELEC2209 Engineering Design

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to develop a student’s skills in a number of areas including design project management and communication skills. Basic construction skills are taught in the laboratory through an exercise to build and test a live wire detector. A significant component of the module relates to the design, build and test of an autonomous vehicle as part of a group design project. This is supported with an exercise to program a commercial industrial robot to perform a series of pick and place tasks.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Define the specification of an artifact that needs to be designed, tested and commissioned
  • To understand the design process
  • To understand the processes involved in project management
  • Have an understanding of a robot system and its programming
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to operate as a team
  • Prepare working documents, designs and gantt charts
  • Prepare a full report of the design and its operation
  • Use of a logbook and the engineering design build and test application
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake small scale mechanical and electronic construction use of 3D printing to produce complex parts.
  • Undertake realtime programming
  • Undertake detailed faultfinding of the developed circuits at required
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for the implementation of the design and the undertake those activities
  • Analyses the design as it evolves, and deduce problems with the subsequent rectification
  • Undertake an evaluation of the complete design and prepare a critical précis

Syllabus

- The development of individual practical skills through completion of a simple build and test exercise, incorporating soldering, circuit construction and the manufacture of a container. - Groups of students are required to undertake a design, build and test project against a predefined specification. The project assessment includes a competitive trial, individual log books, group reports and quality assessment of the designed system. - Small group exercise on programming of an industrial robot to perform a series of predefined tasks. - The groups will have seminars on project management and principles of design to support the activities, including design rationale capture and design and build best practice. - Introduction to 3D printing is provided as part of the module

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task121
Seminar2
Wider reading or practice27
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Software requirements. A standard microcontroller and its supporting development software will be provided.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group project 85%
Robot Programming 15%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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