MEC4407 - Engineering design III - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Scott Wordley (Clayton)
Dr Chiew Yeong Shiong (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MEC2406 or MEC3416






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 modelling, assembly, finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and design optimisation. 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 emphasise design methodologies and processes for low cost, manufacturability, ease of assembly and speed to market.


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

  1. Use industry standard engineering software tools for design (CAD) and simulation (stress analysis, dynamics, fluid dynamics, optimisation) of complex engineering problems.
  2. Design a product or process that satisfies design specifications and is optimised based on interdependent and competing factors.
  3. Synthesise engineering hand calculations, numerical predictions and experimental test results to predict product and process performance.
  4. Reflect on teamwork, project management, leadership and conflict resolution in the context of the group projects and activities.
  5. Describe and select appropriate composite materials and manufacturing techniques for industrial applications and consumer products.


Continuous assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

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

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