Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jing Fu(Clayton); Dr Aravinthan Arumugam (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/mechatronic device.


Students will be able to:

  • design moderately complex mechanical devices with mechanical elements such as bearings, shafts, etc.
  • evaluate mechanical designs by using conventional mathematical techniques including load analysis and stress analysis
  • geometrically and kinematically construct virtual devices in solid modelling software
  • learn to communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical forms through the group project


Practical work/Assignments: 70%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies

Contact hours

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


MEC2402 and MEC2403 or ENG1050