MEC5881 - Engineering systems performance analysis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Bernard Chen

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit complements systems design. The unit will integrate fundamental concepts in solid and fluid mechanics and dynamics and in so-doing will highlight the roles they play in determining the performance of an engineering system.

Students will use advanced computational tools to study how these concepts are crucial to competitive economic performance and to the long-term sustainability of an engineered system.


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

  • describe the concept of performance of an engineering system
  • explain the concept of multi-disciplinary engineering in establishing satisfactory performance of an engineered system
  • analyse the parameters that are important to system performance
  • synthesise the elements of the engineered system in order to identify the interdependency of each elements to its overall performance
  • design appropriate monitoring strategies that will enhance the performance of the engineered system
  • evaluate the performance of the system in order to mitigate or eliminate potential weaknesses in an engineered system
  • engage in regular self assessment and peer assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Final Examination (2 hours): 50%

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.

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