Mechanics and Design of Machines

Module summary

Module code: MECH1070
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Chi Le / Oladele Owodunni / Kaushika Hettiaratchi



The course aims to cover fundamental backgrounds and technical skills about mechanics of machines, design of machines, and related core knowledge of engineering design and product development. Students will learn about kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, as well as topics of engineering dynamics, including the effects of forces on the motion of particles, rigid bodies and vibrating systems. Students will also study and investigate about working principles, design and manufacturing aspects of the machine elements, engineering systems and products. For example; students will learn how to optimally select, design and manufacture the gears and bearings for friction reduction and energy transmission applications, and how to analyse and evaluate the kinematics, kinetics and dynamics in design and development of machines and engineering systems so that they meet well technical requirements and function effectively. State of the art topics about engineering design and product development are introduced and discussed, together with the problem-based learning case studies and group projects. Lab sections include the topics such as Drop test, Impact test, Vibration test, Analysis of machines and engineering systems, CAD, RE, RP&M, and CNC machining which are fundamental and important for students to enhance technical backgrounds and skills in engineering mechanics, design and product development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Comprehend theories and fundamentals of kinematics, kinetics, and dynamics of particles, rigid bodies and vibrating systems for design of machines and machine elements
2 Define engineering problems relating to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies
3 Understand working principles, design, selection, and manufacturing aspects of machine elements
4 Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals of design and product development in general and design of engineering systems, machines and machine elements in particular

Indicative content

 Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies.
 Motion of machinery: Effects of forces on the motion of particles, rigid bodies and vibrating systems.
 Types of mechanisms, motion analysis, velocity and acceleration diagrams, forces, torque and power, problems and troubleshooting.
Machine elements: Classification, working principles, selection, design and manufacturing - - General introduction and scope of machine components; Friction reduction – bearings; Energy Transmission: gears, belts and chains, cams; Locating and energy transmission: Fastening and power screws, Energy Storage: springs, flywheel, shafts and shaft components, sealing: static and dynamic seals,
switching: clutches, valves, Geneva Mechanism, energy conversion: turbo machinery, brakes,
engines, actuators, rockets, others: housing, hinges, pivots, linkages, levers.
 Engineering design and product development - Product design and development process and methods; Design optimisation and material selections; Prototyping, manufacturing and product assembly
 Advanced tools and technologies for Engineering Design and Product Development: CAD/CAM/CNC/CAPP, CAE, 3D Visualisation and Animations, Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing, and Reverse Engineering.
 Problem-based learning case studies and lab sections.

Teaching and learning activity

The lectures are supported with comprehensive videos, demonstrations, lecture notes and presentations. Additional guides and tutorials are available for students at the end of the main contents of a course. State of the art industrial applications and case studies are used to support presentations, tutorials and in-class activities, with an online access to web-based materials, discussion forums, and training videos of software and tools. The problem-based learning group projects and lab sections are designed for students to apply the theories into the practice, as well as to develop both practical and transferable skills.


Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 2-4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 30%.
Pass Mark: 30%,
Page length: 7
Outline Details: This is a problem-based learning group project, aimed to meet the key requirements of all expected learning outcomes of a course. A peer group assessment form is used to assess individual contributions to the project. In addition, each student must keep an individual log book in which their own contributions to the project is to be highlighted.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Exam.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment. 1-4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 70%.
Pass Mark: 30%
Outline Details:This is a closed book two-hour exam, covering the fundamental backgrounds and theories of mechanics and machine elements.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Group and/or Individual Assignments and Projects