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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3105
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: LEKAKOU C Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern



Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Preparation and performance during experimental session (incl. logbook)




First laboratory report (written up at home)




Second laboratory report (written up in class as a test)




Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
Perform experiments related to materials processing/property relationships, mechanical testing, and flow experiments. Keep logbook, register and analyse data and results. Write up laboratory reports.
Normal entry requirements for degree course in Engineering
Module Aims

To introduce subject concepts in mechanical and materials engineering, experimental techniques and good laboratory practice (including preparation, conduct, log keeping and report writing) associated with first year undergraduate studies in MMA

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the module the students should: -


  • be familiar with a variety of techniques in a spread of subject areas,


  • have experience in preparation,


  • be able to make observations and do experiments with proper regard for objectives, quality and safety,


  • be practised in keeping a log book and writing reports from the log book.


  • In addition the application of the various techniques will have introduced the concepts associated with the area of application and the students should have a basic understanding of those concepts.



Module Content

Laboratory sessions to include:-


  • Consideration of microstructure/property relationships.


  • Experiments associated with structure loading and deflection, dynamic behaviour, testing of flow characteristics (e.g. pressure measurement).


Techniques to be illustrated:-


  • Examination of structures of materials


  • Measurement techniques pertaining to measurement and use of displacement, curvature, velocity, acceleration, frequency, force, pressure, temperature, material properties, thermodynamic properties, energy transfer, power, flow rate, voltage, current, time-dependent signals.


  • General techniques pertaining to matters including preparation and experiment design, organisation and optimum procedure, recording, analysis, effects of errors, reporting.



Methods of Teaching/Learning

2 lectures, 16 hours preparation, 24 hours laboratory work, and 58 hours independent learning.


Total student learning time 100 hours.


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading


Module manual



Required Reading


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