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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

Design, manufacture and assembly of basic machine elements  

Materials  

Machine frames   

Welded, adhesive and bolted joints, fasteners  

Stepped shafts  

Rolling element bearings  

Gear mechanics and manufacture  

Design for strength  

Design for other mechanical failure modes including fatigue, stress concentration  

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1design typical machine components and joints against possible modes of failure, including yield, fracture and fatigue
2apply formal procedures of engineering design and the methods for choosing between competing alternatives, and develop skills in recording design calculations and reasoning in a workbook
3demonstrate an understanding of safety issues, risk management and legal responsibility in engineering design
4approach design problem formulation so that solutions can be sought
5conduct and document design work as a team
6demonstrate advanced skills with CAD software package.

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

  1. design typical machine components and joints against possible modes of failure, including yield, fracture and fatigue
  2. apply formal procedures of engineering design and the methods for choosing between competing alternatives, and develop skills in recording design calculations and reasoning in a workbook
  3. demonstrate an understanding of safety issues, risk management and legal responsibility in engineering design
  4. approach design problem formulation so that solutions can be sought
  5. conduct and document design work as a team
  6. demonstrate advanced skills with CAD software package.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 Weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 Weeks)
Assessment
Exam: open book40%
Project report30%
Calculations30%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 Weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 Weeks)
Assessment
Exam: open book40%
Project report30%
Calculations30%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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