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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 26/03/2022 23:03:17

Title of Module: Product design and data management

Code: ENGG09051 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:Parag  Vichare

Summary of Module

Product development, regardless of application area, involves configuring, organizing, structuring, storing, and tracking the product data created by a design and development team. Today products are designed independently as well as collaboratively using global supply chain which may involves multi-CAD/PDM systems for managing design complexity.  Thus, Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Product data Management (PDM) systems are backbone for any industry for developing new products in shortest possible time.

This module will give students an insight into the use of CAD and PDM systems. An introduction to the engineering design process and the role which CAD/PDM systems play in its effective implementation will be given. Feature-Based Design, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), Assembly data management, secure product data/information exchange/storage/authorising mechanisms (using PDM digital vault systems) and relevant scenarios in product development will be covered as a part of this module. 

During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes. Academic Universal and Work-ready attributes: Students will gain knowledge and understanding of this important discipline as well as having the opportunity to develop a broad range of ICT, technical and transferable skills.

This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. For example, module will be delivered mainly by an innovative laboratory demonstrations, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of real-world practical problems, industry standard Computer Aided Engineering activities developing digital intelligence meta-skills.

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. Develop a knowledge and understanding of various aspects of PDM/PLM systems and its use in the complex product development

L2. Analyse a design problem and configure appropriate solid model (component/part level modelling) and assembly structure (assembly level modelling) using provided design data

L3. Read, understand and use GD&T specifications for product development

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 knowledge and understanding of the CAD/PDM systems and corresponding benefits in product design and development.

A critical knowledge and understanding of design problems and product data configuration using CAD/PDM systems.

A specific knowledge and understanding of the application and practice of Feature-Based Design, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT), Assembly data management, product data exchange.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Applying knowledge and understanding to develop modelling solutions for a range of product design and development problems.

Making use of specialised 3D modelling techniques to produce efficient design solutions.

Making use of GD&T information for dimensional analysis and product configuration.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Analysing design problems and making design decisions whilst considering all factors/constraints.

Considering a range of sources of information produce the most efficient design solution.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Interpreting and evaluating numerical and graphical information to produce design solutions.

Using communication skills to write detailed design and development reports.

Using 3D modelling software and hardware to support a range of problem solving tasks.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Identifying and addressing their own learning needs both during and out with class time.

Identifying solution routes and strategies using their own initiatives.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
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 Delivery24
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study164
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:

Kuang-Hua Chang. e-Design: Computer Aided Engineering Design. Elsevier Inc, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-12-382038-9.

Course notes and presentations will be supplied.

Hardware/Software: PTC Creo software + 40 seat PC Lab with corresponding network facilities and suitable PCs. Software site licences required.

Shah J, Mäntylä M, ‘Parametric and Feature-Based CAD/CAM’, Wiley-Interscience*

Manual of engineering drawing [electronic book] : technical product specification and documentation to British and international standards / Colin H. Simmons, Neil Phelps, Dennis E. Maguire. ISBN : 9780080966526 (electronic bk.)

(**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
ModeratorAdelaide Marzano
External ExaminerP Lewis
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Class test (CAD/PDM/GD&T knowledge and Understanding) 25%
Class test (3D modelling) 25%
Report 50%
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written) check mark 252

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