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.

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NEM2101 - Mechanical Engineering Design

NEM3203 - Stress Analysis

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
Portfolio Mechanical Design Skills 10%
Test Test - Hurdle 50%
Project Group Report & Presentation, Design Project 40%
The project 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 test 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 test 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 test (and 50% in the overall unit assessment).

Required reading

Shigley's Mechanical engineering design. 11th ed
Budynas, RG & Nisbett, JK (2018)
McGraw Hill Education, New York, NY

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