Undergraduate Teaching 2017-18

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4C5: Design Case Studies, 2017-18

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4C5: Design Case Studies, 2017-18

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Module Leader

Dr P Kristensson


Dr P Kristensson and Prof J Clarkson

Lab Leader

Dr P Kristensson

Timing and Structure

Lent term. 14 lectures + coursework. Assessment: 100% coursework


The aims of the course are to:

  • illustrate the multi-disciplinary nature of engineering design.
  • demonstrate the importance of considering user needs.
  • illustrate the above through case studies of form, component and system design.


As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • appreciate the importance of multi-disciplinary systems design.
  • select simple components from catalogues.
  • understand relations between customer requirements, commercial requirements and product forms.
  • appreciate the role of aesthetics and ergonomics in engineering design.
  • understand the importance of design for manufacture and assembly.


The course will be based on two case studies.

Each case study will occupy eight lectures slots with the last one or two in each case study being used for coursework.

Topics to be covered within individual case studies include: multi-disciplinary systems design; component selection; risk analysis; product testing, aesthetics and ergonomics; and design for manufacture and assembly.

Notes will be handed out summarising the main points covered in each case study.


There will be a coursework exercise linked to each of the case studies with multi-part written assignments, using computer software where appropriate.

Coursework Format

Due date

& marks

[Coursework activity #1 title / Interim]

Coursework 1 brief description

Learning objective:



Report / Presentation

[non] anonymously marked

day during term, ex:

Thu week 3


[Coursework activity #2 title / Final]

Coursework 2 brief description

Learning objective:


Individual Report

anonymously marked

  Wed week 9





Please see the Booklist for Group C Courses for references for this module.

Examination Guidelines

Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.


The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the requirements that have to be met in order to become a Chartered Engineer, and gives examples of ways of doing this.

UK-SPEC is published by the Engineering Council on behalf of the UK engineering profession. The standard has been developed, and is regularly updated, by panels representing professional engineering institutions, employers and engineering educators. Of particular relevance here is the 'Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes' (AHEP) document which sets out the standard for degree accreditation.

The Output Standards Matrices indicate where each of the Output Criteria as specified in the AHEP 3rd edition document is addressed within the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Triposes.

Last modified: 04/08/2017 12:05