Course code MašZ5022

Credit points 2

Principles of Methodology of Design

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation19.11.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics

Course developer


Imants Nulle

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to acquire product design tools and principles. Emphasis is placed on learning practical design and communication tools, used between the people involved in the project. In the course the students get acquainted with the basic principles that a machine/product designer needs to know.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - understands the basic principles of design. Knows modern design systems that include: design tools; communication tools between designers, customers and manufacturers; systems for organizing, storing and correcting technical information. Knowledge is assessed in laboratory work, independent work and tests.
Skills - is able to design parts and create technical documentation. Can perform analysis of mechanism movement and model strength. Can handle communication tools for designers, customers and manufacturers mutual communication. Is able to analyse the cost of manufacturing a product and assess its sustainability. Can create a technical description of a product. Skills are assessed in laboratory work, independent work and tests.

Competence - the ability to use the acquired professional knowledge and skills in practical work and studies to solve engineering problems. Able to analyse the results of product design work, as well as make the necessary document adjustments. Competences are assessed in laboratory work, independent work and tests.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Design principles and software in mechanical engineering. – 2h
2. Design of parts with SolidWorks. – 2h
3. Assembling of mechanism with SolidWorks. – 2h
4. Creating of drawings with SolidWorks. – 2h
5. Strength simulations of parts with SolidWorks Simulation. – 4h
6. Mechanism movement simulations with SolidWorks Motion. – 4h
7. Test. – 2h
8. eDrawings - software for communication in the intermediate and final stages of design process. - 2h
9. Product manufacturing cost analysis during design with SW Costing. - 4h
10. 3D PMI - Product and Manufacturing Information. – 2h
11. MBD - Model Based Definition. – 2h
12. 3D PDF – creation of a template file. – 2h
13. PDM and PLM for systematization of design technical documentation. – 4h

14. Test. – 2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students receive a final mark if they have successfully completed the tasks assigned in laboratory and independent works and have passed 2 tests.
The tasks performed in the laboratory works have to be presented. Presentation includes short oral report of each finished task as well as answers to the questions about the theoretical aspects of this topic.
The first test tests the basic practical skills of design. The student performs part modeling and strength testing, but in the second, MBD skills are practically tested. Theoretical knowledge is assessed as a test.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Mastering the SW Composer module in visualization and creating technical description of product.
Design module SW Routing - for designing pipelines (hydraulic, pneumatic, water, etc.) and electrical communications.
Acquisition of SW Sustainability module for project / product sustainability assessment.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student will get a successful mark on the test work if at least 50% of the tasks are properly solved.
The student receives high marks if the tasks performed in the laboratory and independent works are completed, well-designed and the student is able to answer the questions.

Compulsory reading

1. Tran P. SolidWorks 2020. Intermediate Skills. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2019. 616 p. ISBN 9781630573119
2. Tran P. SolidWorks 2016. Advanced techniques. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2016. 733 p. ISBN 9781630570026.
3. Kurowski P. M. Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks Simulation 2016. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2016. 566 p. ISBN 9781630570057.

4. Uzkliņģis G. Mašīnu elementi. 1.daļa: Savienojumi. Jelgava: LLU, 2008.

Further reading

1. Курмаз Л.В., Скойбеда А.Т. Детали машин. Проектирование: cправочное учебно-методическое пособие. Москва: Высш. шк., 2005. 309 c.

2. Springer Handbook of Mechanical Engineering. Ed. G.Antonsson. New York: Springer, 2008. 1576 p.

Periodicals and other sources

MySolidWorks Training [online] [cited 1.06.2020]. Available:


The study course is included in the optional part of the academic education master's study program “Agricultural Engineering” in the sub-program “Machine Design and Manufacturing”. 1st study year 1st semester.