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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)J Fu(Clayton); B T Tan (Sunway)


In this integrative level 2 unit students are introduced to the design of machine elements covering bearings, shafts, welds, fasteners, gears etc. This leads to an examination of techniques for improving engineering designs based on economic and functional considerations. Geometric and economic tolerancing is further explored. The use of solid modelling software to simulate kinematic behaviour of mechanical devices and produce engineering drawings is introduced. The integration of design skills and related engineering studies is covered through a group exercise to design a mechanical device.


This unit provides a focus in level 2 of the mechanical and industrial engineering and engineering managment programs where studies from the first semester are integrated into whole design tasks involving a combination of individual and group work. Additional mechanical elements are included in this unit so that moderately complex mechanical devices can be designed and evaluated theoretically by using conventional mathematical techniques, and geometrically and kinematically by constructing virtual devices in solid modeling software.


Practical work: 10%
Assignments: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory/practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week


MEC2402 and (MEC2403 or MEC2414 or MEC2420)


MEC2450, TRC2000