Mechanical Design Engineering BEng/MEng

Mechanical Design 4 ENG4186

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course requires students to work in design teams to take an open-ended customer brief for a large scale one off item and create a unique engineering solution that matches that brief.

Students build on knowledge gained from previous courses in product development and mechanical analysis with more techniques introduced.  Additional skills on elements of design are introduced in this course and must be included in the student's design, these include Eco-design, design for operation and maintenance, risk reduction, failure analysis and design for disposal.

Students are required to produce project management documents, design documents and calculations to a standard acceptable in industry; these skills are taught and put into practice in the project.


1 lecture and 2 group discussion / tutorial per week

Excluded Courses

SIT4044 Mechanical Design 4N




50% Report: group report

20% Set exercise: individual formal calculation and write up

20% Portfolio: individual logbook

10% Oral Assessment & Presentation: group presentation

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ improve and broaden the student's engineering and design skills;

■ instil a capability to solve problems and reflect on solutions throughout the design process;

■ give the students an understanding of the quality of documentation used in the engineering industry

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ develop an open project brief into a complete concept design to the point where manufacturing drawings could be created;

■ consider the wider context of "Design for X" when creating engineering solutions;

■ use an array of industrial software packages to refine and, or verify design;

■ create a set of industrial quality project management documents and use these to control an engineering project;

■ create a sample set of engineering calculations and present them so that an industrial partner will have confidence in their competence;

■ create a design disclosure of an engineering design.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.