Study programmeFrançais
Machine Design Project
Programme component of Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering à la Faculty of Engineering
CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UI-M1-IRMECA-009-MCompulsory UEDEHOMBREUX PierreF707 - Génie Mécanique
  • DUPONT Lionel
  • DUPONT Pierre
  • FILIPPI Enrico

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
I-GMEC-013Machine Design Project084000Q270.00%
I-GMEC-113Établir son projet de construction des machines1224000Q130.00%
Unité d'enseignement

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Imagine, design, carry out and operate solutions (machines, equipment, processes, systems and units) to provide a solution to a complex problem by integrating needs, constraints, context and technical, economic, societal, ethical and environmental issues.
    • Identify complex problems to be solved and develop the specifications by integrating needs, contexts and technical, economic, societal, ethical and environmental issues.
    • Optimally design and calculate the dimensions of machinery, equipment, processes, systems or units, based on state of the art, a study or model, addressing the problem raised; evaluate them in light of various parameters of the specifications.
    • Implement a chosen solution in the form of a drawing, a schema, a diagram or a plan that complies with standards, a model, a prototype, software and/or digital model
    • Integrate, where applicable, maintenance policies and quality approach, rational energy management, and components from different technologies.
    • Evaluate the approach and results for their adaptation or optimisation of the proposed solution.
  • Mobilise a structured set of scientific knowledge and skills and specialised techniques in order to carry out mechanical engineering missions, using their expertise and adaptability.
    • Master and appropriately mobilise knowledge, models, methods and techniques specific to mechanical engineering.
    • Study a machine, equipment, system, method or device by critically selecting theories and methodological approaches, and taking into account multidisciplinary aspects.
    • Identify and discuss possible applications of new and emerging technologies in the field of mechanical engineering.
    • Assess the validity of models and results in view of the state of science and characteristics of the problem.
  • Plan, manage and lead projects in view of their objectives, resources and constraints, ensuring the quality of activities and deliverables.
    • Define and align the project in view of its objectives, resources and constraints.
    • Exploit project management principles and tools, particularly the work plan, schedule, and the document monitoring.
    • Assess the approach and achievements, adapt them in view of the observations and feedback received, make necessary adjustments and corrections.
    • Respect deadlines and the work plan, and adhere to specifications.
  • Work effectively in teams, develop leadership, make decisions in multidisciplinary, multicultural, and international contexts.
    • Identify skills and resources, and research external expertise if necessary.
    • Make decisions, individually or collectively, taking into account the parameters involved (human, technical, economic, societal, ethical and environmental).
  • Communicate and exchange information in a structured way - orally, graphically and in writing, in French and in one or more other languages - scientifically, culturally, technically and interpersonally, by adapting to the intended purpose and the relevant public.
    • Argue to and persuade clients, colleagues, teachers and boards, both orally and in writing.
    • Select and use written communication methods and materials, graphically or orally, adapted to the intended purpose and the relevant public.
    • Use and produce scientific and technical documents (reports, plans, specifications, etc.) adapted to the intended purpose and the relevant public.
  • Adopt a professional and responsible approach, showing an open and critical mind in an independent professional development process.
    • Analyse their personal functioning and adapt their professional attitudes.
    • Finalise a realistic career plan in line with the realities in the field and their profile (aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, etc.).
    • Show an open and critical mind by bringing to light technical and non-technical issues of analysed problems and proposed solutions.
    • Exploit the different means available in order to inform and train independently.
  • Contribute by researching the innovative solution of a problem in engineering sciences.
    • Construct a framework, formulate relevant hypotheses and propose appropriate solutions from the analysis of scientific literature, particularly in new or emerging disciplines.

Learning Outcomes of UE

See AA's Learning outcomes

Content of UE

The Machine Design Project concerns a moderately complex mechanical system which functioning principles are generally known. The project is conducted individually or in group of students. It allows a synthesis of the courses on CAD, manufactuting and machine design. The subjects are original and renewed very year.

Prior Experience

Machine Design. Technical Drawing. Manufacturing.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • N/A

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Evaluation based on a portfolio with the specification, the state-of-the-art, and the first design proposals. The evaluation takes into account the skills and attitudes of the student.The portfolio must be transmitted for the Wednesday of the 14th week of the academic year. 

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • N/A

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Evaluation by a panel (members of the department of mechanical engineering plus, as appropriate, in an advisory capacity, industry stakeholders) after presentation and oral defense of the project. The oral defence lasts approximatively 25 minutes: 15 minutes maximum for the presentation, about 10 minutes for questions and answers. On the Wednesday preceding the first day of the session, at noon (12AM) at the latest, every student provides a folder including: one single copy of the scale drawings of the whole mechanical system that has been designed, with sections necessary to define the elements of assemblies for which a complete nomenclature should be prepared; dimensions must not be indicated on these plans, unless specifically requested. A list of drawings will be included in the attached report writing; two copies of a report containing the specifications, the state-of-the-art, the technical justification of the design choices (selection and design of machine elements, ...) and any other specific useful information. Following the presentation, the student provides a CD-ROM with all of SolidWorks files, the written report and the presentation (plus any other useful documents: any computer code, catalogs of machine components or machinery, references ...)

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • N/A

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Rules are identical to those applied for the first examination assessment, with the exception of the date of delivery of projects, fixed at noon, seven days before the beginning of the examination period (unless otherwise posted rules to the Board of the Deparment of Machine Design and Production).

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Ateliers et projets encadrés au sein de l'établissement
  • Cours magistraux
  • Conférences
  • Ateliers et projets encadrés au sein de l'établissement

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
I-GMEC-013Not applicable
I-GMEC-113Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
I-GMEC-013Not applicable
I-GMEC-113Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
I-GMEC-013Not applicable
I-GMEC-113Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
I-GMEC-113Non autorisé
Date de génération : 17/03/2017
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