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Unit description

Provides students with the fundamental theory of mechanical design and how to apply this in designing and analysing a wide range of machine components. Students will gain an understanding of the basic and advanced elements used in machine design. These include the characteristics of gears, bearings, shafts, keys, fasteners, weldments, springs, brakes and clutches, and flexible elements. It also provides analytical and case-based knowledge to make machines as integrated systems of machine elements. 

Unit content

1. Design, manufacture and assembly of basic machine elements  

2. Materials  

3. Machine frames   

4. Welded, adhesive and bolted joints, fasteners  

5. Stepped shafts  

6. Rolling element bearings  

7. Gear mechanics and manufacture  

8. Design for strength  

9. Design for other mechanical failure modes including fatigue, stress concentration  

10. Safety, ergonomics and standards

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book40%
Project report30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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