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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Design 1 (SCEE08011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDesign 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.
Course description Course Syllabus:

Conceptual design

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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Engineering 1 (SCEE08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMathematics to Higher or A-Level standard and one or more school subjects related to Engineering, Physics or Design.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  144
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 119 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

Feedback Week 1-6
General feedback given during Studio and workshop exercises.

Week 2
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.

Week 4
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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Propose engineering designs to open ended problems that are feasible, in terms engineering mechanics, economics, and other competing requirements of the design.
  2. Put forward reasoned arguments for how their design solves the original problem, whilst appreciating the uncertainties and gaps in design data.
  3. Understand how groups of engineers can work together to solve complex problems.
  4. Communicate design solutions and the rationale behind them with annotated sketches and presentations.
  5. Manufacture, assemble and test a viable prototype, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their design.
Reading List
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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsConceptual Engineering Design,Open-ended design,Design make,test,communication
Course organiserDr Adam Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8689
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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