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As manufacturers compete in the global market, their success largely depends on the ability to reduce time in the product development process, improve product quality and productivity, lower cost in the manufacturing process, fulfil customer's requirements and address environmental concerns. Therefore, this subject aims to equip students with a systematic approach to undertake abstract and concrete design tasks, considering the broader engineering environment and the ability to select suitable manufacturing processes to realize their designs.
Topics include an overview of the theory of design and concurrent engineering, conceptual and detailed design based on customer requirements, design for manufacturing and assembly, cost-effective design and environmentally conscious design. This project-based subject allows students to work individually and in a team environment to design and manufacture a functional product.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject the student is expected to be able to:
- ILO1. Distinguish between different manufacturing systems and apply the most appropriate manufacturing system to suit the product and facility.
- ILO2. Design simple engineering components for structural integrity.
- ILO3. Synthesize solutions to open-ended design problems;
- ILO4. Explain and apply the principles of concurrent engineering;
- ILO5. Formulate a path for engineering solutions of well-delineated problems for dealing with complex and/or vaguely defined design tasks;
- ILO6. Describe in detail information based techniques for the management of engineering design;
- ILO7. Apply methods of designing for quality, of managing variability and of integrating design with downstream manufacturing operations.
- The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals.
- The ability to undertake problem idenification, formulation and solutions.
- The ability to use a systems approach to complex problems and to design an operational performance.
- Proficiency in engineering design.
- Capacity for creativity and innovation.
- The ability to communicate effectively with the engineering team and the community at large.
Last updated: 4 September 2021