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MTE4571 - Materials engineering design and practice

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: G P Simon


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit is expected to develop discernment of good and poor design and the close relationship between design, manufacture and material. It engenders an appreciation of the role and responsibility of the engineer in management of risk - be it economic or personal (through design, manufacturing and use). It also develops a knowledge of the framework within which engineers work and manage - workplace relations. In addition it looks at the role computers play in all facets of the current engineering environment, including the key areas of design, analysis, machining and robotics. It seeks to give students practical skills in these areas, in particular in the area of computer-aided drafting.


To develop:

  1. an appreciation of design procedures and to develop discernment of good and poor design. Approaches to design, innovative vs incremental design, robust design. Design criteria, costing of materials and manufacture, selection of materials and manufacturing technique
  2. an appreciation of the relationship between design, manufacture and material
  3. using the above knowledge, the ability to undertake a prescribed design task as part of a design team
  4. skills in project management
  5. an engineering perspective on management of risk - economic and personal (in manufacturing and use).
  6. an understanding of workplace relations and important industrial legislation
  7. an overview of some of the computer-based techniques/tools prevalent in the modern engineering design environment
  8. skills in the use of computer-aided drafting and design (CAD)
  9. an understanding of the utility of mathematical model simulations to aid in design and processing of materials (computer aided analysis, CAA)
  10. an appreciation of the use of computers in automating and increasing the precision of manufacturing (CAM).


Design project (50%)
Written assignment (40%)
Computer-based test (10%)

Contact hours

Three 1 hour lecture/practice classes and 9 hours of private study per week


MTE3544 or by permission


MTE4521, MTE4522