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ZUG3033 – Basic Concepts in Structural and Machine Design

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.

Faculty

Business, Engineering and Technology

Offered

South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7

Synopsis

The module is aimed at introducing basic design concepts that are associated with simple engineering components and structures. These fundamental calculations form the basis of designs that must be applied to various structural and machine configurations so that they can be able to operate safely and effectively as per the specified requirements.

The module further describes the engineering design process and the criteria that must be followed when applying the fundamental principles of engineering knowledge in the design of standard machine components and structures.

Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1

Understand the basic design concepts

2

Apply design criteria in solving engineering problems

3

Analyse and design structural components using elementary design theories

4

Perform basic calculations on mechanical assemblies

5

Determine the safe operating specifications for basic structures

6

Understand the basic properties of materials and their application

Assessment

Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

The module forms an elementary part of design, a subject that is critical to practising mechanical engineering. It addresses factors of safety and lays robust foundation for more complex and advanced designs that are covered in subsequent design modules. It provides students with exposure to logical and detailed design analysis and an understanding of solving common technical problems by synthesis.There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. Tutorials will be based on individual work and assignment will require group work. All outcomes will be assessed by means assignments, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)

TBA

Prohibitions

None

Prerequisites

Basic Mathematical Concepts, Advanced Mathematical Concepts, Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces, Engineering Design Graphics

Co-requisites

Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions, Material Science and Properties, Differential and Integral Calculus, Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics

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