Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Design - EL323

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR G Marcelli checkmark-circle


Forces, moments and Equilibrium of rigid bodies
Dynamics of linear and rotary motion
Angular momentum, work and energy
Elementary stress-strain analysis

Engineering Design:
Transformation of a client requirement into an engineering design statement
Decomposition and evaluation of design requirements
Consideration of the human and ergonomic factors in the design process
CAD based drawings and models via CAD tools
Realisation of CAD models using computer numerical control manufacturing machines


Contact hours

34 contact hours comprising lectures, laboratory classes and example classes
116 hours of private study
Total hours for the module 150


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

Exam, 2 hours (60%)
Assignment, 5 A4 pages (15%)
Presentation, 15 minutes (25%)

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. the fundamental principles of statics and dynamics.
2. the mathematical description of mechanical systems
3. the method of solving problems involving particles and extended bodies
4. the principles of design processes
5. the principles of CAD based drawings and models
6. product manufacturing tools


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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