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Module Descriptor

MECH1005 Design

Alt. Codes(s) None
Title Design
Level 1
UCL Credits/ECTs 0.25 /
Start January
End April
Taught by
Prof David Andrews (10%) Module Coordinator
  Mr Tahaa Hussain (90%) (Tutorials and Assessment)


Attendance at the first term subjects (esp Engineering Drawing, Mechanics, Materials).

Students considering registering for this course must have attained passes in A-levels or the equivalent that meet the minimum requirements for admission onto the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Aims

To give a general introduction to Engineering Design. To explain how Engineering Design will be addressed throughout the undergraduate courses with the first year understanding acquired through students individually undertaking three specific component design exercises and a group exercise on costing.

Method of Instruction

The course includes introductory lectures in the nature of engineering design and then specific lectures for the first two component design exercises (on structural failure and fatigue). Thus the majority of the three periods per week for the term’s duration are allocated to tutorial sessions devoted to each of the case study design exercises. There are three design exercises (lifting lug, shaft, and clutch) and a costing scenario. The emphasis is on the use of established equations, such as stress formulae, Mohr Circle, failure criteria and fatigue mechanisms. None has a unique solution.


Assessment is based on three reports submitted by each student plus the final group costing exercise.

To pass the course students must achieve an aggregate mark across all four items of 50%.

Recommended Reading

  • “Invention by Design – How Engineers get from Thought to Thing” (2000). Petroski, H., Harvard Univ Press, Cambridge, Mass. ISBN 0-674-46368-4
  • “Materials for Engineering – A Fundamental Design Approach” (1992). Derby, b., Hills, D. A. and Ruiz, C., Longman Scientific & Technical, New York, NY.
  • “Creating systems that work – Principles of engineering systems for the 21st century” (2007). Elliott, C. and Deasley, P. (Editors), Royal Academy of Engineering, London.ISBN 1-903496-34-9


The course includes introductory lectures in design and fatigue, but is largely based on a case study approach. There are three design exercises (lifting lug, shaft, and clutch) and a costing scenario. The emphasis is on the use of established equations such as stress formulae. None has a unique solution. All are run as tutorials. Assessment is based on reports submitted by students.

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