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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)
Coordinator(s)S Wordley (Clayton); B T Tan(Sunway)


This unit builds on knowledge gained in second year design units and continues the use of group work and design projects as key learning methodologies to integrate theoretical knowledge and understanding. It includes use of an Australian or International standard and design software tools for 3D modelling, assembly, motion, and stress analysis topics. Topics on manufacturing processes will incorporate the discussion of a wide variety of processes in addition to those relating to composites and polymers. The unit will emphasize design methodology and design processes for manufacturing and assembly.


Knowledge and understanding of the steps to be undertaken in the solution of open-ended design problems.
Knowledge of methods used to demonstrate a design's viability.
Knowledge of drawings and 3D modelling in the design process.
Knowledge of a range of engineering software tools including stress analysis, vibration, mechanical system simulation, fluid dynamics and manufacturing software. Find solutions to complex engineering problems using design methodologies.
Appreciate timing and budgetary constraints Undertake tasks as part of a team.
Communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical forms.
Appreciate the role of design in engineering practice. Confidence in identifying engineering problems and formulating solutions.


Individual assessment/Tests: 10%
Design assignments: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

5 hours contact time (usually 3 hours lectures and 2 hours practice sessions or laboratories) and 7 hours of private study per week


MEC2406 (or MEC2414 or MEC2420 or MEC2450) and MEC3455