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Academic Year 2024/2025

Design 2 (MEEN3003W)

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering & Architecture
Mechanical & Materials Eng
3 (Degree)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Jufan Zhang
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

The design, prototyping and testing of solutions to an indentified 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 facilitate your teamwork and improve your skills in applying the learned knowledge in practical project implementation. Each team will design, prototype and test their preferred solution physically, with a component of assessment being based on the comparative performance relative to the other teams.

About this Module

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 effective verbal and written presentation and communication skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Design thinking
Project management
User needs and problem definition
Concept generation and selection
Risk management
Product architecture
Design and manufacturing
Design and materials
Intellectual property

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Autonomous Student Learning: 72 hrs

Lectures: 24 hrs

Practical: 24 hrs

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses


Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Work Assignment: A group design work for developing a real system Week 11 Graded No


Group Work Assignment: Group competition for building up a practical model and testing the performance Week 9 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Multiple individual design tasks Week 11 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components

Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dean Meng Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Kai Zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
kai zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer