Engineering Design & Processes 1

Subject MCEN30009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-nine hours of lectures and case studies, 12 hours of practical work in engineering design and seven hours of tutorials and laboratory work
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours

436-285 Engineering Design and Materials 1

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Unit 1, Engineering Design: Upon completion of this unit, students should be skilled in synthesising solutions to open-ended design problems at an intermediate level of complexity in mechanical engineering, skilled in the management of design projects requiring the solution of such problems; have gained an appreciation of computer-based methods in concurrent design; and have gained a deep understanding of the concepts and methods of designing for quality, of managing variability and of integrating design with downstream manufacturing operations. Students who choose to can also gain a deep understanding of concepts and methods employed in assessing and moderating environmental impacts in the context of the wider design process. Topics include concurrent design of systems and products; computer-based techniques for geometric modelling, materials selection, service simulations and representation of manufacturing knowledge; management of variability in product geometry and performance; tolerance technology in 1-D, 2-D and 3-D applications, techniques for robust design; quality assurance in engineering design; and life cycle design, quality function deployment, causal networks and failure modes and effects analyses, ISO 9001 and traceability of critical decisions. Unit 2, Manufacturing Processes: Upon completion of this unit, students should understand the basic principles, objectives and performance characteristics of some major methods of shaping components; understand the variables affecting the performance of the various processes and the process capabilities; and be able to develop cutting analyses for 'classical' and practical turning operations. Topics covered include principles, performance characteristics and process selection of manufacturing processes. Metals: machining as a means of shaping components, chip formation and mechanics of cutting; prediction of force, torque power, chip flow and surface finish for single point turning operations; finishing operations and fabrication methods.

Objectives: No information available

Assessment includes:

  • Two 2-hour end-of-semester examinations (55%);
  • Tests, continuous assessment throughout the semester of group and individual projects, assignments and laboratory reports not exceeding 16 000 words (40 pages excluding computations, tables, graphs, diagrams) (45%).
  • All components of assessment must be satisfactorily completed to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, 3rd Ed. MP Groover, Wiley. R.
  • G. Budynas and .K. Nisbett “Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design” (2008)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills
• Understand the concepts and methods of designing for quality and managing variability
• Manage design projects at an intermediate level of complexity
• Written and oral progress reports and design presentations
• Individual and group problem solving
• Critical thinking and critical judgement of assumptions adopted
• Abstract mathematical reasoning
• Interpretation and analysis of data
• Application of theory to practice
• Effective communication skills, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
• Ability to use a systems approach to design and operational performance
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
• Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable design and development
• Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them
• Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed life-long learning
• Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom
• Visualization of three dimensional motion
• Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• Able to clearly communicate the process and outcome of a technical investigation.


Students may only gain credit for one of 436-384 Engineering Design and Processes 1 or 436-203 Manufacturing Studies 1.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement)Mechanical&Manufacturing
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing)/Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering(Mechanical & Manufacturing) and Bachelor of Laws

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