Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


This unit will emphasise engineering design with a focus on designing a system rather than the individual components of a system. In this way the unit will integrate mechanical design with material selection, manufacture, and control systems, and
the needs of in-service monitoring to optimize system performance. Quality management systems, Lean techniques and Life-cycle assessment will be applied to the proposed product or service to understand system variability, maximize and maintain value-creation and assess environmental impacts.

This unit uses case studies, group work and design projects as key learning methodologies to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical outcomes. Students can expect a strong practical focus with extensive use of computer aided design and analysis software.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • identify, interpret and analyse problem from an engineering perspective but also consider the relevant social, cultural, environmental, legislative, ethical and business factors
  • utilise creative problem-solving methodologies, decision-making and design skills to develop innovative concepts, products, services and solutions
  • select and utilise appropriate computer modelling techniques and experimental methods, whilst ensuring model or test applicability, accuracy and limitations of the methods
  • work within and lead an effective team and apply industry standard project management tools and practices
  • effectively communicate findings in a written/verbal format and critique/evaluate the work of others
  • engage in regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development


Continuous assessment: 70%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

5 hours contact (typically 2-3 hours of lecture and 2-3 hours tutorial/practice/lab) and 7 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

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