Design and Manufacturing 1

Subject MCEN90012 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, 4 hours of tutorials, 12 hours practical workshops
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Prerequisites for this subject are -
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: Students cannot obtain credit for this subject and the subjects listed below -
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. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit



Dr Alan Smith

Subject Overview:

This subject includes two units which together aim to equip students with the skills to undertake abstract and concrete design tasks at an intermediate level, taking into account the wider engineering environment and the ability to select suitable manufacturing processes to realise their designs. As a result, students will also be able to modify products and processes to improve their performance.

This subject will consider the design of machine elements and the manufacturing processes to produce these elements. It will present concurrent design of systems and products; computer-based techniques for geometric modelling, materials selection, service simulations and representation of manufacturing knowledge. The impact of variability in manufacturing will be accounted for in approaches to uncertainty in design, including tolerance technology. It will provide project-based experience in the use of conceptual design techniques and in the management of larger open-ended, team-based design tasks.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • synthesize solutions to open-ended design problems;
  • explain the concepts and methods of designing for quality, of managing variability and of integrating design with downstream manufacturing operations;
  • explain the effect of the relevant variables on the performance of various processes and their process capabilities;
  • perform basic analyses of for 'classical' and practical turning operations; forming, casting and welding;
  • design simple engineering components for structural integrity
  • formulate a path for engineering solution of well-delineated problems to dealing with complex and/or vaguely defined design tasks.
Assessment: Two 2-hour end-of-semester examinations (55%)
Two group projects, not exceeding 3,000 words (excluding computations, tables, graphs, diagrams) per student (25%) due in weeks 7 and 12 of the semester. Three laboratory assignments throughout semester, not exceeding 2,000 words (excluding computations, tables, graphs, diagrams) per student (20%).

Students must obtain a mark of at least 40% for all continuing assessment tasks in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: Deiter, G.E. and Schmidt, L.C., “Engineering Design”, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009
(to be confirmed closer to the introduction date)

Groover, M.K., Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing – materials, processes and systems, 3rd edition, Wiley (to be confirmed closer to the introduction date)

Recommended Texts: N/A
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing)/Bachelor of Commerce
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

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