Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide a rigorous understanding of first-principles design applied at the limits of practical performance and to introduce ideas and methodologies for miniaturization that are essential to modern technology, e.g. in the large UK instrumentation sector. Additionally, to provide insights into the science and practice of metrology.

Principal learning outcomes

• Understand the physical limits on achievable precision in advanced mechanical systems, the nature of uncertainties, etc., and thereby assess satisfactorily the plausibility of proposed machine specifications. • Interpret the guidelines for good practice in precision metrology in order to select sound principles for the operation of high-precision mechanical systems. • Evaluate and criticize constructively designs for (electro-) mechanical systems, interpreting their effectiveness. • Produce and defend conceptual design solutions for applications that make unusually high demands for mechanical stability, precise motion control, etc. or that benefit from high degrees of miniaturization. • Understand the typical constraints imposed on designs by manufacturing capabilities and make sound judgments on designs that minimize their effect. • Appreciate the range and principles of special manufacturing methods needed for high-precision systems and micro-devices and make informed choices of candidate processes for specific tasks.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 lectures (includes 1 or 2 guest speakers, as available) 1x1-hour revision workshop Total 31 hours

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES442-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 20%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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