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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/06/2022 11:20:01

Title of Module: Design Prototyping & Testing

Code: ENGG09001 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Esther  Smith

Summary of Module

This module is divided in two areas in order to gain an understanding of testing procedures and design process, from market need, product specification, concept generation, testing and prototyping.

The first area will focus on execution and analysis of data collected from physical testing.

The second area will focus on fundamental of design process and prototyping. Analytical and physical prototypes will be introduced.

With the aim of engaging students using hands on practical experience, different activities will be conducted.

1. Three physical tests conducted to a can with the aim of finding a factor of safety. Testing includes: temperature test, tensile test and burst test. These utilise different data collection and analysis techniques and the students are encouraged to critically review the results.

2. An extensive group work where students will follow the design process from market need through to product specification and concept generation.

Through the two themes within the module, test and design, and groupwork as the assessment activity, the module activities encourage problem solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity and leadership (meta-skills). The student groups are intentionally of multidiscipline in nature thus creating a real-world team working environment mirroring industry.


  • Graduate Attributes: 1. Students will have a good grasp of product design and development processes and procedures to be used a design engineer in industry. 2. They will be able to work in groups in order to develop a product from market research through to concept generation, selection and prototyping that is a norm in industry. 3. They will gain a broad knowledge of rapid prototyping methods, which is currently showing increased uptake in mainstream manufacturing industry. 4. They have obtained a great understanding of product testing processes and using their engineering knowledge to analyse test results.

  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging laboratory and tutorial activity, module assessment which reflects industry design activities, learning synergies across modules and levels of study, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of integrated group activities supporting learning communities.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems.

L2. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate complex problems

L3. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts

L4. Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards

L5. Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of prototyping, rapid prototyping technologies and mechanical testing methodology.

A critical understanding of the selection and principal theories and principles of prototyping, rapid prototyping and mechanical testing

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed

Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems

Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights

Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Appraise and critically evaluate the suitability and needs to prototype and test a component or design.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Ability to generate and analyse data using standard ICT software to produce reports detailing physical test results. Use of CAD software and rapid prototype machines to produce a rapid prototype model.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Identify and implement solution strategies using their own initiative and informed judgments. Contribute to a collective solution of a design/testing problem/case study.
Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:or completion of equivalent HN qualification or other equivalent module.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Product Design and Development, Ulrich K T and Eppinger S D, 4th Edition, Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2007

Rapid Prototyping: Principles & Applications in Manufacturing, Chua C K and Leong K F, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003

Rapid Prototyping: The Management of Software Risk, Maude T, Pitman, London, 1991

Product and Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis, and Evaluation, Seider, W D, Seader, J D , Lewin, D R, John Wiley, 2nd Edition, 2003

User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping, Grimm T, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2004

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorTony Murmu
External ExaminerM Ghaleeh
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by IMechE as part of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Case study. Design Report
Coursework. Test Analysis Report
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case study  check markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups.
Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Suppoort Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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