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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  


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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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)
Component Design Report -3 reports 20% each60%
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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