Appraise the design process and methodologies and apply them to unfamiliar situations.

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School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Coursework Brief

Module Title- Design Principles and Practice

Ind/Grp – Ind

Cohort - SEPJAN

Module Code – 7040MAA

Coursework No. / Title – CW - Individual Assignment – 1000 word report

Hand out date – 17/09/2021



Due date –

Estimated Time (hrs) 56

Coursework type: Report

Extensions allowed: At the discretion of Registry

Core Credits of Module 5

Submission arrangements:

See below.

Task and Mark distribution:

Individual design-based project. Investigation into the design and manufacture of a specific artefact. Marking Criteria and grades awarded in the specific areas.

Module Learning Outcomes Assessed

  1. Appraise the design process and methodologies and apply them to unfamiliar situations.
  2. Generate innovative designs for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs.

Employability Skills Covered:

Planning and organizing, Self-management

Academic Conduct Statement:

The task requires an individual effort and virtually all work to be original. Where inclusions are taken from other sources, appropriate referencing must be used.

Mark allocation guidelines







Work mainly incomplete and /or weaknesses in most areas

Most elements completed; weaknesses outweigh strengths

Most elements are strong, minor weaknesses

Strengths in all elements

Most work exceeds the standard expected

All work substantially exceeds the standard expected

Feedback arrangement:

As described below.

WHAT  YOU SHOULD DO                                                

The assignment should be completed as follows:

  1. Figure 1 depicts an Office Chair There are many like this one, but for the purposes of this source work, this video contains the basic information needed to complete the courses. CLICK HERE for the link.
  2. Perform a thorough product analysis using techniques learnt in the Design Lectures researching the areas to support the Engineering Characteristics for the QFD, DFA, FMEA and Evaluation.
  3. For this coursework you are not required to model the item in CAD but you may wish to employ some of the techniques from your Metrology tuition where they impact the function.
  4. Briefly document the process in the diary format in Appendix A and add it as an Appendix of your own report. 2 pages max.
  5. Consider the performance of this particular ‘Office Chair’, there are many like it but this one is yours.
  6. For example: What is the heavy weight capacity of the chair?, How is it assembled?, What are the ergonomic requirements for the chair to facilitate easy standing or seating up?, Does the dining chair require any foot support for elderly customers?, What anthropometry data is available to meet the ergonomic requirements?
  7. You will need to use research skills and your engineering knowledge. All the basic information is within the video, but to attain the higher levels you’ll need to supplement this video with research of similar artefacts that complete the same function.
  8. The subject Librarian can also help you access technical papers and British Standards that might support your investigation.
  9. Compile a report documenting the whole project
  10. It must include all items from the Marking Criteria (below) and be structured in the same way.
  11. If you submit technical drawings to demonstrate your suggested improvements, you may include assembly or exploded drawings and major components (excludes nuts/bolts/washers).


Academic integrity

Appraise the design process and methodologies and apply them to unfamiliar situations.

Academic integrity is taken very seriously at Coventry University. It`s important that the work you present must be your own. Where you refer to ideas and quotations from others to build your argument, these must be correctly referenced as their work (Coventry University 2019). CLICK for guidance.


Plagiarism is the word used for copying the work of others without referencing them and trying to pass that work off as your own. Penalties for plagiarism can include receiving zero for a module or even termination from the course (Coventry University 2019). CLICK for guidance.

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ITEMS TO  BE  SUBMITTED ONLINE                              

Submission link

Appraise the design process and methodologies and apply them to unfamiliar situations.

One PDF file – A4 Report (drawings must be A3 pages in the Appendix)

Report must be 1000 words (+/- 10%) and 10 pages MAX. (excluding cover, title page, contents, reference, appendices). Drawings are excluded from the page count.

a) How to change a single page in word to A3 . You will lose marks for images that are squashed onto an A4 page. Follow this best practice advice.

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