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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. A significant component of the module relates to the design, build, and evaluation of an autonomous robot as part of a group design project. This is supported with an individual exercise yielding a laboratory report.

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
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
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


- 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. - 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

Completion of assessment task121
Wider reading or practice27
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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


Assessment Strategy

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


MethodPercentage contribution
A lab report 20%
Group project 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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