This unit (NEF1204) is based on a series of problems designed to both introduce students to the design process and to apply knowledge introduced in other Year 1 units of study. The problems will therefore emphasise creative thinking in design, generating and evaluating alternatives against a range of technical, environmental, social and economic criteria, and making the final design decisions. The unit also incorporates a module on professional drawing practice including projections and views, dimensioning, different drawing types and using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply a systematic approach to engineering design;  
  2. Find, organise and evaluate information on a range of topics related to problems in engineering design;  
  3. Identify and evaluate technical, environmental, social and economic factors impacting on the solution of engineering design problems;  
  4. Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop and present design solutions;  
  5. Communicate effectively with others orally, in writing and by means of engineering drawings;  
  6. Communicate effectively in a socially and culturally responsible manner in a Team Project demonstrating responsibility for individual contributions and the Team's outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Individual portfolio (additional 1000 words which excludes the copies of the reports which are part of the portfolio) 20%
Test Four (4) individual tests on design and CAD Skills 30%
Report Teamwork including two (2) Technical Reports (3 students per team) 40%
Presentation Group presentation related to one technical report (3 students per team, 10 minutes per presentation) 10%

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