Unit 1: Engineering Design

Unit code                           K/615/1475

Unit type                            Core

Unit level                           QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value                       15


The tremendous possibilities of the techniques and processes developed by engineers can only be realised by great design. Design turns an idea into a useful artefact, the problem into a solution, or something ugly and inefficient into an elegant, desirable and cost effective everyday object. Without a sound understanding of the design process the engineer works in isolation without the links between theory and the needs of the end user.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

Among the topics included in this unit are: Gantt charts and critical path analysis, stakeholder requirements, market analysis, design process management, modelling and prototyping, manufacturability, reliability life cycle, safety and risk, management, calculations, drawings and concepts and ergonomics.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements, implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions, prepare a written technical design report, and present their finalised design to a customer or audience.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.
  2. Formulate possible technical solutions by using prepared examples of engineering design specifications.
  3. Prepare an engineering industry standard technical design report by using appropriate design calculations, drawings and concepts.
  4. Present, to an audience, a recommended technical design solution by using real examples of stakeholder briefs.