Core Module Information
Module title: Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering (MEng)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11504
Module leader: Gokula Vasantha
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

The aim of the module is to provide advanced skills in mechanical computer-aided engineering, and to apply the skills using suitable software tools to solve realistic engineering problems. Several techniques will be explored, such as using bespoke mathematical models for complex part creation. Improving the productivity of using CAE packages by defining parameter relationships, parameterization, and design reuse. In the second half of the module, machine kinematics and kinetics will be explored and applied in the context of real-life examples. Finally, the structural integrity of components will be critically assessed considering the dynamics of machine operation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge for part creation using geometric mathematical modelling.
LO2: Defining component parameters, establishing parameter relationships, and improving CAD modelling productivity by developing product families.
LO3: Develop a deep understanding of machine kinematics and kinetics using graphical, analytical, and numerical methods.
LO4: Apply kinematics and kinetics principles to analyse machine components’ structural integrity and performance.

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

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The delivery of the technical content will be through a combination of lectures, and tutorials. (LO's 1-4). Practical aspects of the material in the module will be highlighted through CAD hands-on tutorials linked to lecture material where appropriate (LO's 1-4).

You will already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have undertaken equivalent learning. The purpose here is to provide additional expertise in their chosen field. The School has very active ties to employers through the well-established Industrial Liaison Committees. Where appropriate this also provides the opportunity for staff to introduce students to relevant areas of their current research.

Formative Assessment:
Feedback will be provided to students in tutorials

Summative Assessment:
Two presentations and submissions in Powerpoint format that reflect on learning outcomes (L01 and 2), and a report submission for the combined learning outcomes of LO3 and 4.

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Oral Presentation 25 2 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Report 50 3 and 4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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