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Business, Engineering and Technology
On-campus block of classes
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.
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
Understand the basic design concepts
Apply design criteria in solving engineering problems
Analyse and design structural components using elementary design theories
Perform basic calculations on mechanical assemblies
Determine the safe operating specifications for basic structures
Understand the basic properties of materials and their application
Coursework assessment: 40%
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.
Basic Mathematical Concepts, Advanced Mathematical Concepts, Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces, Engineering Design Graphics
Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions, Material Science and Properties, Differential and Integral Calculus, Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics