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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Product Design
Module Code MM310
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Carton
Semester 2: James Carton
Autumn: James Carton
Module TeachersJames Carton
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat the module

In this module students will draw on their knowledge gained in semesters 1 to 4 in Mechanical and electronic design, software engineering and other supporting modules to design a simple engineering product/device as a group activity. The design specified in the portfolio from semester 1 is then built and tested in semester 2. There is some facility for redesign based on risk analysis and prototype testing in semester two prior to full implementation of the design.

Learning Outcomes

1. Produce a Product Design Specification for an engineering design problem.
2. Break a problem down into its component parts prior to conceptualising possible solutions.
3. Choose an optimum solution from their own concepts using appropriate analysis techniques.
4. Integrate the various components of their design into an overall final design including full component drawings and material specifications.
5. Perform a risk analysis, verification and validation of their final design.
6. Work in an efficient manner as a team.
7. Project Management
8. Conduct prototype testing.
9. Realise a fuctional protoype from fully specied design drawings.
10. Adapt and optimise a design based on results from experiments.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Semester 1
Seminars3Student presentation
Independent Study110Team meetings, design work and portfolio production, semester 1.
Laboratory72Design realisation
Independent Study53Semester 2
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Lecture Material

Coordination of project specific student activities

Formal teaching of Product Design elements including

Design Report composition

Design process and methodology

Project Management [Objectives tree model, Gantt charts, product design requirements matrix]

Failure modes, effects and critical analysis

ISO 9000 Quality system

Design verification and validation

Fluid analysis requirements for given design problem

Damping and suspension designProject Structure

Identification of project goals

Documentation of project aims and objectives

Identification and allocation of project areas to each group member

Presentation of scope of project and individual responsibilities (oral)

Product Design Specification. Design Concept formulation

Detailed Design Production
material specification, specification of manufacturing processes, spec. of pneumatic devices and fluid flow requirements, detailed design calculations, working drawings, Bill of materials.

Design report composition and submission

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Oral Examinationn/a10%Week 7
Portfolion/a40%Week 12
Laboratory PortfolioDesign realisation and report50%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision27-JAN-11

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