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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3147 Module Title: DESIGN FORMULA STUDENT
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENG147
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: XU W Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Group report and oral presentation, and individual performance*
















Qualifying Condition(s) 


A mark of 40% is required to pass the module



Module Overview

Module Overview


The HE3 Design project (Formula Student) provides an opportunity to the student working on a group based project and apply the knowledge they learnt to a customer specified product/system.  





Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2 & Modules ENG1006, ENG1058, ENG1008 and ENG2027 or equivalent


Module Aims

Module Aims


To provide an opportunity for design teamwork in undertaking a substantial project involving concept and detail design within simulated industrial deadlines.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


The students will have experienced the design procedure and applied both interpersonal skills and analytical knowledge to an original and customer specified problem and to fit them for practice as professional engineers in the design environment.


Module Content

Module Content


This 30 credits module is specifically designed for the students who are interested in involving the Formula Student Racing Car (FS) project. Students of mixed aptitude, ability and cultural background, work in groups of 7 to 8 on the FS project to initial outline specifications supplied by a project “customer” and rules of the Formula Student project.


The first part of the project usually involves a feasibility study, leading to a written Design Specification.

In the second part the groups undertake a detailed design exercise based on selected areas of the feasibility study. This leads to a full report and a presentation.

Design is controlled and progressed through group meetings at which group members rotate in the positions of chairman and secretary.

Design work is concentrated in the first 12 weeks of the Autumn Semester. There is a Group Presentation in Week 12, with a final report submitted before the presentation.


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Methods of Teaching/Learning


Students will operate in groups of about 5-8 with a staff adviser and will undertake the design of a system or product to a given outline requirement. Total student learning time 200 hours.


* Mark breakdown: Group report (40%), Individual performance (40%) & Group oral presentation (20%)

Selected Texts/Journals

Selected Texts/Journals


Essential and required reading


Regulation of the FS project



Recommended Reading


NAFEMS, A Finite Element Primer.


Fagan MJ, Finite Element Analysis, Theory and Practice, Longman, 1993.  (ISBN 05820 22479)


Singh N, Systems Approach to Computer Integrated Design and Manufacture, Wiley.


Hull D and Clyne TW, An Introduction to Composite Materials, Cambridge University Press 1996.



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