Undergraduate Course: Engineering Design 1 (SCEE08011)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Design is often regarded as the central creative activity of engineering; Engineering design 1 aims to develop a foundation for the skills of analysis, synthesis and communication required to develop solutions to open-ended problems. ED1 focuses on three things: Understanding an engineering problem, finding a solution to it then communicating that solution to other engineers. This course will be predominantly taught through interactive team-based design studio session and practical workshop exercises with support from lectures on topics including the philosophy, history and ethics of engineering design. A series of group activities with mini assessments that cover key skills like research, problem solving, and the graphic, verbal or written communication of engineering concepts will build to a large design project.
Unit 1 - Course Overview
Introduction; The Design Process; Creative style; Brainstorming.
Unit 2 - Concept communication
Effective graphic and verbal communication of design ideas to groups and individuals.
Unit 3 - Understanding the problem: Research skills
Student will learn how to research an engineering problem, where to find information and how to assess its validity.
Unit 4 - History of engineering design.
Students will be give an overview of key achievements in the history of engineering. There will also be stories with ethical implications.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
Engineering 1 (SCEE08001)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Mathematics to Higher or A-Level standard and one or more school subjects related to Engineering, Physics or Design.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
General feedback given during Studio and workshop exercises.
The students submit an annotated sketch of a historical engineering structure or device produced during the Scottish museum visit. They will be given feedback during exhibition.
The students will give a group presentation on their finding from research they have done on what the engineering problem likely to be encountered whilst designing, building and operating a large engineering system (Example: HS3).
Week 10 and 11
Main Group design, build and test project: The students will be assess on how well they Understood, solved a given engineering design problem and how well they communicated their solution. This will be assessed with (a) a single A3 side detailing what they believes is the best solution to a set design problem (marked individually), (B) a device performance test, (C) a group presentation.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Propose engineering designs to open ended problems that are feasible, in terms engineering mechanics, economics, and other competing requirements of the design.
- Put forward reasoned arguments for how their design solves the original problem, whilst appreciating the uncertainties and gaps in design data.
- Understand how groups of engineers can work together to solve complex problems.
- Communicate design solutions and the rationale behind them with annotated sketches and presentations.
- Manufacture, assemble and test a viable prototype, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their design.
|1. Communication for engineers: Bridge that gap - Richard Ellis|
2. Communication Skills A guide for Engineering and Applied Science Students - John W. Davies
3. From Henry Petroski: The evolution of useful things; The pencil; To engineer is human
4. The design of everyday things - Don Norman
5. Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail - Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori
6. David McKay https://www.withouthotair.com/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Conceptual Engineering Design,Open-ended design,Design make,test,communication
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8689
|Course secretary||Mrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687