MEEN30030 Mechanical Engineering Design II

Academic Year 2022/2023

The design, prototyping and testing of solutions to an identified customer need is a critical aspect of mechanical engineering practice. This module will combine formal delivery of core concepts of the design process, engineering practice and management, with practical design, build and test of a developed solution. The lecture based content will focus on the areas of design methodologies, project management, presentation skills and analytical analysis of design problems. The laboratory based activities will use examples from across mechanical engineering as platforms for the team based project. Each team will design, prototype and test their preferred solution, with a component of assessment being based on the comparative performance relative to the other teams.

All laboratories are carried out with reference to current School Health and Safety protocols. Students should follow these during all laboratory activities. Further information is available at and within the Brightspace resources for this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Apply established design methodologies to the development of new or modified products, from the establishment of the design specification to the final evaluation stages.
2. Create and select optimum design solutions.
3. Plan and coordinate engineering project activities to deliver the required output within a specified timescale.
4. Design an overall system, including specific detail components, to solve a particular product need, including both technical and non-technical issues of the design brief.
5. Work collaboratively in teams.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an engineer in the design process including due consideration to potential health and safety issues and environmental factors.
7. Demonstrate effective verbal and written presentation and communication skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Project Management;

Revision of CAD and technical drawing;
Concept generation and selection;
Product Architecture;
Detailed mechanical design;

Product specifications;
Materials selection;
Design for Manufacturing / Environment;
3D printing;
Health & safety;

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Project-based learning
Peer and group work
Lab/studio work
Student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Stage 2 Engineering conpleted

Learning Recommendations:

Stage 1 - Design & Materials (MEEN 10060)
Stage 2 - Mechanical Engineering Design I (MEEN 20060)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: One essay type assignment per student Week 6 n/a Graded No


Group Project: One design, build and test project with individual and group assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short CAD project Week 3 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Each week student teams meet with their project mentors, who provide feedback on recent work and advice for the week ahead. An online feedback system, DEFT, is used every week. At the end of the semester, student teams are invited to receive individual feedback on their projects.

Name Role
Dr Donal Holland Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aisling Ní Annaidh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Anton van Beek Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 13:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 15:00 - 16:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 12:00 - 13:50