Fundamentals of Engineering Design
This module provides the essential skills required for future design modules and project tasks by providing a firm grounding for teamwork and emphasizing the need for professional standards and strong communication skills within engineering.
Engineering Design 2
Within this module students will be expected to complete a series of exercises that will the form the basis of a 'major' design. The scope of the module will involve the students to work in groups where they will consider, as a team, conceptual designs, embodiment using innovative approaches to design processes and standards etc leading to final desgin documentations and manufacturing techniques,
Engineering Management (Aero, EEE, Mech)
The goal of this course is to provide the skills for professional engineers to meet the challenges of their future careers, whether they be in academia, industry, or as an entrepreneur. Irrespective of future careers engineers will be involved in projects, management and business organisations and an awareness of these issues is important for all team members. It should be recognized that the topics included in the course are not limited to scientists and engineers, they are useful for people in any careers. This course is not aimed at making you a certified project manager, but to provide the skills that will allow you to be a more effective project team member and also when you start to take on the role of project manager.
With respect to business management aspects, the course will cover the basic concept of entrepreneurship before breaking down the essential elements of a business plan. The course will give the more entrepreneurial students guidance about how to go about commercialising their ideas and the less entrepreneurial students an understanding of what makes some of their colleagues tick. The learn by example approach adopted for this module guides the student through the complexities of financial and human resource management and encourages students to develop their own business plans. Students will also be introduced to the subject area of ethics, liability and responsibilities within business. This module will also provide support on careers services with students creating CVs and Linked-In accounts.
Problem solving for Aerospace Engineers
The module provides an introduction to some of the problem solving techniques that can be used to address the type of problems that are encountered by aerospace engineers. The module will introduce students to the concepts of structured programming and software engineering. It will then use MATLAB to allow the students to practice using the techniques.
Aerospace Engineering Design 3
The module is a group design project for year 3 aerospace engineering students. Students are required to design an aerospace vehicle from an initial set of mission requirements and constraints through concept design to detailed design and flight testing. It requires students to draw on knowledge from a range of modules across the aerospace engineering course. Each student will specialise in one of six areas: aerodynamics, structures, materials & propulsion, weight & performance, control systems or dynamics & stability.
Groups will be required to submit a series of group design reports at each stage in the design process as well as deliver presentations to the rest of the class. Each student will also take a turn acting as chief engineer and a reflective essay is required after the student's time as the chief engineer.
By the end of the module students should have an understanding of the process and complexities involved in designing an aerospace vehicle from scratch and appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of this task. Note that since this module is, in part, explicitly assessing students' ability to work effectively within a team environment the group submissions and peer review components of assessment cannot be excluded for extenuating circumstances.