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Unit description

Introduces the design of mechanical systems. Students work in teams to address a design brief. Scope includes full mechanical design and detailing of workshop-ready engineering drawings, complete specification of material selection and manufacturing processes, risk and safety assessments, systems integration, model-based design using CAD, and design for functionality, reliability and manufacturing. Cost is estimated.

Unit content

Critical evaluation of design brief

Design of a simple powered machine using principles of systems engineering  

Synthesis of machine frame  

Power transmission and controls  

Materials selection  

Tribology  

Risk and safety assessment  

Model-based design using CAD  

Basic design for manufacture and cost estimation

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1communicate mechanical engineering ideas and design concepts through engineering graphics, oral presentations and written reportsCommunication and social skills
2generate and develop design conceptsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3produce engineering drawings to Australian Standard AS1100Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4analyse a complex problem by separating it to its individual componentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5use CAD and CAM packages effectivelyKnowledge of a discipline
6manage a project: team skills, project scheduling, and resource and time management using Microsoft ProjectCommunication and social skills
7communicate effectively with clients and suppliers towards production of a system design with components supplied from various sources.Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. communicate mechanical engineering ideas and design concepts through engineering graphics, oral presentations and written reports
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. generate and develop design concepts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. produce engineering drawings to Australian Standard AS1100
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. analyse a complex problem by separating it to its individual components
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. use CAD and CAM packages effectively
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. manage a project: team skills, project scheduling, and resource and time management using Microsoft Project
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. communicate effectively with clients and suppliers towards production of a system design with components supplied from various sources.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Budynas, RG & Nisbett, K, 2015, Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design, 10th edn, Edition in SI units, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-981-3151-00-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Component Design Report -3 reports 20% each60%
Project report30%
Presentation10%
Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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