Prototyping: Theory and Practice (869H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In this module you will learn prototyping techinques incorporating traditional techniques, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture. It explores idea feasibility through drawing and paper prototyping, to 3D prototyping.

The module teaches how to carry feasible ideas forward into digital prototyping that may incorporate physical computing (Microcontrollers), software and/or 3D modelling in Solidworks, 3D construction (3D printing, CNC, laser cutting, etc.), emphasising the unique characteristics offered by each prototyping method.

It will develop an understanding of appropriate usage of prototypes of robots and mechatronic devices, and how to utillise prototypes to achieve goals from functionality to usability.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 114 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: