Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng

Mechanical Design 1 ENG1016

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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

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 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.

Excluded Courses





30% Report: group report on design project

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

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

10% Written Assignment: 1 piece of written work on design specification

10% Oral Assessment & Presentation on research and concept generation, as a group

10% Project Output: poster describing the group design project

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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. 


It is not possible for students to retake practical work and group work, but students may revise and resubmit the output of such activities.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce the design processes used in mechanical engineering;

■ 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 and engineering drawings;

■ 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;

■ 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.