Mechanical Design 1 ENG1016

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The practice of design engineering requires a knowledge of not just the design process and the design context but also an in-depth understanding of engineering components, mechanisms and systems. This course aims to introduce all of these elements and provide the opportunity to practice them in a real life design scenario.


The course is split into two section, theory and practice. The theory section provides an introduction to the design process with particular emphasis on ethical, environmental and sustainable design. The theory section also covers the detailed design of some basic machines and fluid systems.


The practice section gives the students the opportunity to use the theory taught on a project. The project topic is set in conjunction with "Engineers without Borders" and the students work in groups of 4 to 5 to propose an engineering solution to a real world problem faced by a community in the developing world. The project is designed to encourage creativity and give the students the opportunity to tackle a question that does not have one model answer. The project emphasises how to ensure design is made appropriate and acceptable in a completely new cultural context for the students. The best projects will be entered into an Engineers Without Borders national competition.


20 lectures and 5 project supervision/tutorial sessions.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





30% Report: group report on design project

20% Written Assignment: 3 pieces of written work, on the use of standards, design specifications and research and concept generation

20% Portfolio: portfolio of design work underpinning the group design project

20% Set Exercises: 2 quizzes covering design of machines and products

10% Project Output (Other than dissertation): Poster describing the group design project

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce the design processes used in mechanical engineering and provide an introduction to the specific themes of designing for sustainability and ethics in design;

■ introduce basic machines used in fluid systems, their design, construction and operation;

■ cover the use and interpretation of sketches, engineering drawings and design standards;

■ undertake a collaborative project to gain the opportunity of applying the knowledge from the course lectures to a real engineering design problem.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ undertake appropriate stages of the mechanical design process to tackle an engineering design problem;

■ access and use design standards to inform design decisions;

■ describe the design, construction and operation of a range of basic machines and products;

■ use knowledge of ethics and sustainability to influence an engineering design;

■ exercise initiative and personal responsibility as part of a team to ensure a project is completed.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.