Design of Mechanisms and Machines (H7110)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module covers the principles of design of machine components commonly used in mechanical engineering applications. It emphasises the role of statics, stress analysis, and materials choice in the design process.

The main types of mechanical components failure - as well as methods of prevention or prediction of such failures - are also covered.

The main aims of the module are:

  • to help you understand how stress and strain affect design of mechanical components
  • place mechanical design in the context of manufacturing processes
  • make you aware of failure, reliability and safety issues and the implications on costs of mechanical components
  • make you aware of how efficiency of machine components and environmental problems can be approached at the design stage


77%: Lecture
23%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Project)
50%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 43 hours of contact time and 107 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.