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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBE/BDes(IndDes)
CRICOS code039974B
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 3404, email or visit

Course coordinator



  • The engineering component of this course is offered on the Clayton campus. The art and design component is offered on the Caulfield campus. The course is timetabled, where possible, to allow whole days at one or the other campus. Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit (above the standard four units – 24 credit points) per semester twice in the later stages of the degree.
  • The art and design component is offered on the Caulfield campus. The course is timetabled, where possible, to allow whole days at one or the other campus.


The program is only available to students in the discipline of mechanical engineering and enables creative students to pursue their interests in both engineering design and industrial design, with a focus on high-technology consumer product design. With a continuing international trend to accelerated product development, facilitated by new interdisciplinary group techniques such as 'concurrent engineering', there is growing need for graduates with multidisciplinary skills and an ability to communicate with professionals from other disciplines; this course is intended to address that need.

There is a common technological core for both the Bachelor of Engineering (four-year) and the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (three-year) courses offered at Monash University. The amalgamation of the common cores means that the double- degree still achieves the full objectives of both courses. Consequently, graduates will be able to synthesise advanced technology and consumer product design in the creation of new manufactured artefacts and will be able to facilitate cooperation in new product development teams by being sensitive to the different professional viewpoints of the team members.


The aim of this program is:

  • to create graduates who are skilled in leading project design teams
  • to facilitate communication between engineers and industrial designers
  • to facilitate multi-disciplinary design teams.

Upon graduation students are expected to fully function professionally in both disciplines, separately or integrated, as a product design engineer.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit


The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

Units from the Bachelor of Engineering in the field of mechanical engineering are taken during the double-degree. The order in which they should be taken is determined by prerequisite requirements and the opportunities presented by the timetables at Caulfield and Clayton.

The course progression outlined in the requirements for this degree are recommended; students should adjust their yearly enrolment program as needed, based on pre-requisites and timetable restrictions.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Students complete 162 points of engineering units and 90 points of art and design units.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a new course structure for students entering the program from 2011 onwards. Students who entered the program prior to 2011 should refer to the Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at Please contact your course adviser if unsure of course progression.

Level one

Foundation units

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 Physics and/or Specialist Mathematics should select a foundation unit from the following. If two foundation units are required, the student should complete ENG1090 only:

  • ENG1080 Foundation physics
  • ENG1090 Foundation mathematics


For students who are not required to undertake a foundation unit:

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

Total: 48 points

Level four

Total: 54 points

Level five

  • IDE3116 Industrial design studio 6 (12 points)
  • IDE3814 Materials and manufacturing 2
  • MEC3456 Engineering computational analysis
  • MEC4401 Final year project
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • 18 points of mechanical engineering electives from the list below.

Mechanical engineering electives

* Recommended only for students with an aggregate of at least 70 per cent at the conclusion of third year.

** Subject to departmental approval.

Total: 54 points

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.


Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Mechanical Engineering

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.