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SESM3029 Engineering Design with Management

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the practice of mechanical engineering design as applied to one of a number of contrasting applications. It will also enable you to understand key management topics that are relevant to engineering practice, specifically Strategic Management, Marketing Management, and Operations Management.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The application of design processes and of structural and mechanical design in specialised applications.
  • The nature of systems engineering and its main stages (Requirements analysis, design synthesis, verification)
  • The nature and scope of strategic, marketing and operations management issues of relevance to the engineer in a commercial environment.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake mechanical engineering design projects in a specialist application area.
  • Appreciate the role of computers in realistic design situations
  • Relate strategic, marketing and operations management understanding to propose engineering-based design and business development.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce designs in a variety of application areas
  • Work as part of a design team.
  • Communicate intricate design concepts orally and graphically
  • Tailor technical reports to given design specifications
  • Recognise, inform and respond to strategic, marketing and operations issues in the context of engineering business.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select appropriate components to meet specific design needs
  • Apply strategic, marketing and operations management concepts to real situations


• Flow battery for electrical energy storage or Design for bioengineering applications. • Introduction to Systems Engineering. • Strategic Management. • Marketing Management. • Operations Management.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Guest external presentations • Design feedback sessions • Case studies Learning activities include • Individual research for design projects • Team work for preparing team design • Team work preparing management presentation

Completion of assessment task72
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. All resources provided via blackboard or during practical sessions Refer also to the School of Management for resources.





MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: FEEG2001 and FEEG2006

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