MEC6883 - Mechanical systems design - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Mr David Burton (Clayton)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (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.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Identify, interpret and analyse problems from an engineering perspective but also consider the relevant social, cultural, environmental, legislative, ethical and business factors.
  2. Utilise creative problem-solving methodologies, decision-making and design skills to develop innovative concepts, products, services and solutions.
  3. Select and utilise appropriate computer modelling techniques and experimental methods, whilst ensuring model or test applicability, accuracy and limitations of the methods.
  4. Function with a team while applying industry standard project management tools and practices.
  5. Generate findings in both written and verbal formats and critique and evaluate the work of others.
  6. Function 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.

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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