Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Scott Wordley (Clayton), Dr Lim Jen Nee Jones (Malaysia)


A systematic method of capturing design requirements, tools for ideation, estimation and decision-making. Primary and secondary manufacturing processes, assembly techniques. Engineering graphics for problem-solving, manufacturing communication and ideation. Report writing, teamwork in solving design problems involving the integration of mechanical elements in prototype conception, construction and testing.


At the end of the unit, students are expected to have the:

  • ability to outline problems from open-ended specification, produce design alternatives and compare design choices
  • ability to illustrate designs and sketch technical drawings of mechanical components according to Australian Standard AS1100
  • ability to design and build a simple prototype mechanism
  • ability to analyse basic failure modes under static loading for a simple mechanical device
  • ability to design a simple mechanical device and write a design report
  • to be aware of the wide range of issues and complexities involved in a commercial manufacturing environment including scheduling, health and safety, sustainability, economics, technical communication and real life engineering
  • ability to select the appropriate manufacturing technology and describe the steps involved to produce a desired product


Computer Labs, tutorial work, tests and design assignments: 70%
Examination (3 hours): 30%

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures and 3 hours laboratory/tutorial classes and 7 hours of private study a week

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