Core Module Information
Module title: Design for X

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC10421
Module leader: Fadi Kahwash
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Design for X is short for ‘Design for excellence’. X refers to the multitude of aspects that should be considered when engineering a product. In previous design modules, you have considered some aspects, such as manufacturing, assembly, and modularity in design. In this module, you will develop a deeper understanding of many other aspects beyond product design functionality. You will develop your knowledge about integrated product design, considering several topics such as realisation of design intent in manufacturing, commercialisation, ergonomics, supply chain and quality. You will work on futureproofing of product designs by applying technology 'road-mapping' techniques in the design process. The interaction of the product with the surroundings is then explored, you will learn how to design for safety to operators and other objects and to consider the wider impact of the production and operation on the environment. Finally, you will analyse how different requirements can be in conflict and learn how to reach an informed decision that would achieve the best possible product.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop deep understanding of the processes and requirements from manufacturing through to commercialisation of a product.

LO2: Analyse the state of technology of designed products and learn how to embed innovation and technological change into the design process.

LO3: Evaluate product designs as they relate to their environment, such as safety to human operators and sustainability issues.

LO4: Critically assess the conflicting requirements that are present in realistic product design and apply techniques to reach the best design.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gokula Vasantha
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The objective is to build the students’ knowledge and understanding of the different aspects to be considered in product design, beyond the product itself. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures and tutorials (LO1 -LO4). The module delivery will focus on case studies that will make the students apply the theoretical concepts on ‘real’ products and situations (LO1, LO2, LO3). Finally the students will synthesise all the different ‘X’s and will try to reconcile conflicting requirements scientifically (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be given to students in the tutorial sessions via structured discussion around the given task for each week.
Furthermore, informal ‘progress check’ will be used to aid students with their summative assessment tasks.

Summative Assessment:
The students will be assessed via two written courseworks. The first coursework with 60% weight will assess LO1 and LO2, while the second assessment with a weight of 40% will assess the students’ understanding of LO3 and LO4. Students will be given products to redesign considering the different aspects that are covered by each LO. To avoid over-loading students, the CW delivery will be staggered; CW1 will be due in Week8/9 and CW2 will be due in Week14/15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 LO1 and LO2 8 , WORDS= 1500
Report 40 LO3 and LO4 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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