Design of Mechanical Systems

Unit code: NEM3102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEM2101 - Mechanical Engineering Design
NEM3203 - Stress Analysis
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 learning experience providing a rich and authentic context for learning.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 10%
Mechanical Design Skills
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Test - Hurdle
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group Report & Presentation, Design Project

Required reading

Shigley's Mechanical engineering design.
Budynas, RG & Nisbett, JK (2018)| McGraw Hill Education, New York, NY

As part of a course

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