"Concepts in Engineering Design" ME112-16 May 2016

Concepts in Engineering Design (CED) is an introductory course in design, Offered in undergraduate engineering curriculum. It is a core course to all the first year B E / B Tech students at RGPV, Bhopal from the academic year, 2015-16 in Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).

The primary objective of this course is to introduce concepts in engineering design to the students from all the engineering disciplines. This course broadly covers the prerequisites for an innovative design followed by concepts of product design cycle right from planning, designing, manufacturing, distributing and its usage. It is vital for inter-disciplinary roles of engineering and science in designing and delivering the products. Since the students attending the courses are novice in the engineering terms, The conceptual aspects of design including associated terminology has been elaborated . Emphasis is given to case studies as well.

A concept is an abstraction or generalization from experience or the result of a transformation of existing ideas. The concept design stage of any project is more important; It sets the agenda and delivers “the vision”. One framing of the engineering design process delineates the various stages such as: research, conceptualization, feasibility assessment, establishing design requirements, preliminary design, detailed design, production planning and tool design, and production. The steps tend to get articulated, subdivided, and/or illustrated in number of ways, but they generally reflect certain core principles regarding the underlying concepts and their respective sequence and interrelationship.

Further to ensure quality education, National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has called for reform of existing universities (including RGPV Bhopal) to ensure frequent curricula revisions, introduction of course credit system, enhancing reliance an internal assessment, encouraging research, and reforming governance of institutions.

Also as per Secretary, MHRD, GOI vide D.O.No.20-104/2014-Desk U, Dated: Nov.14th, 2014: In order to enhance efficiency and excellence in higher education system in the country and to mitigate the problems of students on migration from one Institution to another, the University Grants Commission has formulated Guidelines for adoption of Uniform Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) across all the universities. The guidelines have also been uploaded on the website of UGC (www.ugc.ac.in) and requested all the Institutions to implement this system.

As per UGC Guidelines, Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) provides choice for students to select from the prescribed courses (core, elective or minor or soft skill courses). In CBCS system there is a. shift in focus from teacher-centric to learner-centric education. Emphasis is on studying/learning and not on teaching, with the learner being at the center stage of all academic transactions.

Student after successful completion of this course shall possess an understanding of various concepts of design, product design cycle, and significant principles inevitable for design of any engineering product or services.

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