Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit builds on knowledge gained in both second year design units, and other core engineering classes, and continues the use of group work and design projects as key learning methodologies to integrate theoretical knowledge and understanding. It includes use of design software tools for 3D modeling, assembly, finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and design optimization. Topics on manufacturing processes will incorporate the discussion of a variety of modern computer controlled processes in addition to those relating to composites and polymers. The unit will emphasize design methodologies and processes for low cost, manufacturability, ease of assembly and speed to market.


  • knowledge and understanding of the steps to be undertaken in the solution of open-ended design problems
  • skills to plan and manage the resources within a design team and apply quality management to achieve the desired output
  • understanding of the methods used to demonstrate a design's viability not only from engineering but from the point of view of manufacturing and economic factors
  • knowledge and skills to generate complex multi-part assemblies using CAD and communicate these designs using formal engineering drawings
  • gain experience using a range of engineering software tools including stress analysis, mechanical system simulation, fluid dynamics and design optimisation
  • find solutions to complex engineering problems using design methodologies
  • appreciate timing and budgetary constraints
  • undertake tasks as part of a team, and develop management, leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical formats
  • appreciate the role of design in engineering practice and product development
  • confidence in identifying engineering problems and formulating effective and efficient solutions


Laboratory, Tutorial and Group Projects: 70 %
Examination (2 hours): 30 %

Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures and 2 hours practice sessions/laboratories per week and 7 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


MEC2406 or MEC3416