Module ICE-4221:
Enterprise Design & Modelling

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Zengbo Wang

Overall aims and purpose

Practical modelling and design is taught using the multiphysics modelling package “Comsol Multiphysics”. Guided projects are undertaken to model and analyse physical systems. Students are required to research their chosen system and identify significant design parameters. Simulation and analysis will be aimed at identifying an optimal configuration for the chosen system

Course content

• Finite Element Method. General introduction. Elements in 1D, 2D and 3D. Element considerations. Example electric field calculation • Theory. Flow equations (Mass/momentum conservation, Navier Stokes), Thermal equations (Thermal field, Heat transfer), Electomagnetic equations (Electrostatic, conduction, magnetic field), Mechanical stress/strain. • Problem generation. Geometry generation, Boundary conditions, Meshing and mesh design considerations. Solution methods. • Post processing. Field presentation, data extraction. Limitations and errors • Methodology. Descretisation, parametric processes, multiphysics modelling, modular design • Introduction to Comsol Multiphysics Geometry creation and meshing. Model specification. Boundary and material specification. Solution processing. Simulation management. Post processing • Literature survey of chosen topic. Inspection and problem identification. • Analysis of chosen problem and identification of controlling parameters. Optimisation of design to meet given specification

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to 50%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Present, using appropriate media, design and simulation findings to their peers, assessors and other engineers.

  2. Employ a standard approach to the design and modelling of electronic, optical, and multi-physical systems.

  3. Optimise parameters and design for given scenarios.

  4. Model physical systems using the Finite Element method and appropriate simulation software.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Assignment 1 40
COURSEWORK Assignment 2 40
REPORT Individual Report 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Introductory lecture.


Practical laboratories. (2 hrs x 12 weeks)

Private study

Private study including individual assignments.


Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Subject specific skills

  • Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.

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