Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, 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.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4636
Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBE(Hons)/BDes(ID)
CRICOS code039974B
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT

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 maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

The design component of this course is offered on the Caulfield campus and the engineering component is offered on the Clayton campus. The course is timetabled, where possible, to allow whole days at one or the other campus.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Engineering: visit contactscontacts ( page

Art, Design and Architecture: telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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.


Refer to the single degree entry for 4632 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Vacation work/industrial experience

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in four, five and six year engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of:

(a.) 162 points of mechanical engineering studies incorporating compulsory units and electives

(b.) 90 points of industrial design studies composed of core units.


Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Engineering component

Students complete 162 points of mechanical engineering studies:

  • ENG1001 Engineering design: lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • MEC2401 Dynamics I
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • MEC2403 Mechanics of materials
  • MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • MEC2405 Thermodynamics
  • MEC2407 Electromechanics
  • MEC2456 Engineering computational analysis
  • MEC3416 Engineering design II
  • MEC3451 Fluid mechanics
  • MEC3453 Dynamics II
  • MEC3454 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MEC3455 Solid mechanics
  • MEC3457 Systems and control
  • MEC3458 Experimental project
  • MEC3459 Materials selection for engineering
  • MEC4401 Final year project
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • MEC4407 Engineering design III
  • 6-point foundation unit or level-one elective
  • 12 points of mechanical engineering electives

Foundation units

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.

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Level-one electives

  • CHE2161 Mechanics of fluids or MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • CHM1011 Chemistry I
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
  • ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
  • ENG1071 Chemistry for engineering
  • ENG1081 Physics for engineering
  • MAE2405 Aircraft performance
  • MNE1010 Introduction to mining
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
  • 6-point elective from any faculty*

* This unit may be chosen from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Mechanical engineering electives

  • MEC4402 Final year project - Thesis*
  • MEC4403 Research project**
  • MEC4416 Momentum, energy & mass transport in engineering systems
  • MEC4417 Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4427 Systems integrity and maintenance
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise and its control
  • MEC4446 Composite structures
  • MEC4456 Robotics
  • MEC4447 Computers in fluids and energy
  • MEC4459 Wind engineering

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

** Subject to departmental approval.

Industrial design component

Students complete 90 points of industrial design studies:

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art design and architecture
  • DGN1001 Design studio 1
  • DIS1103 Digital processes for art and design 1
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1
  • IDE1112 Industrial design studio 2
  • IDE1502 Modelmaking and workshop practice
  • IDE1602 Product drawing
  • IDE2113 Industrial design studio 3
  • IDE2114 Industrial design studio 4
  • IDE2303 Ergonomics
  • IDE3115 Industrial design studio 5
  • IDE3116 Industrial design studio 6 (12 points)
  • IDE3814 Materials and manufacturing 2
  • OHS1000 Occupational health and safety (0 credit points)
  • TAD2214 Critical issues in design

Alternative exit(s)

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


Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering