In this unit students will develop the design and judgement skills required to resolve complex problems in Mechanical Engineering Design. They will work individually and collaboratively to design a range of machine elements in mechanical engineering systems. The unit builds on the prerequisite knowledge developed in NEM2101 Mechanical Engineering Design and has a major focus on the design of components subject to fatigue conditions. Computer aided drawing (CAD) software will be used to design and generate solid models of mechanical elements. Students' learning is consolidated through a real world project specifically designed to enhance their classroom-based learning providing a rich and authentic context for learning.

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NEM2101 - Mechanical Engineering Design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Adapt fundamental mechanics and scientific skills to the design and selection of mechanical elements;  
  2. Diagnose engineering design problems and formulate appropriate design solutions;  
  3. Analyse existing mechanical engineering designs and develop creative alternatives using computing methods.;  
  4. Collaborate effectively with other members of their design team to apply knowledge and skills in diverse contexts; and  
  5. Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Design report and presentation (approx. 2500 words). Group submission. 20%
Assignment Design report and Oral presentation (approx. 2500 words). Group submission. 20%
Examination End of semester examination (3 hours) - Hurdle 60%
The assignments will be undertaken in pairs or groups of three and assess a student's ability to problem solve and interact in a team situation. The examination focuses upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline and apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, as defined in Engineers Australia competencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 2.1. As the examination is the one clear way by which these competencies can be assessed on an individual basis, students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in the examination (and 50% in the overall unit assessment). In order to be eligible for a supplementary assessment, students must normally achieve an overall mark between 45-49% for the unit.

Required reading

Shigley's Mechanical engineering design. 9th metric
K. Nisbett & R. Budynas (2010)
McGraw Hill.

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