MEC3416 - Engineering design 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Jing Fu (Clayton)
Ms Lim Jen Nee (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)








In this integrative level 3 unit students of mechanical engineering programs are introduced to the design of machine elements covering bearings, shafts, welds, fasteners, gears etc. This leads to an examination of techniques for improving engineering designs based on economic and functional considerations. Geometric and economic tolerancing is further explored. The use of solid modelling software to simulate the behaviour of mechanical devices and produce engineering drawings is introduced. The integration of design skills and related engineering studies is covered through a group exercise to design a mechanical device.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Integrate first and second year studies into whole design tasks involving a combination of individual and group work
  2. Design moderately complex mechanical devices with mechanical elements, such as bearing, shafts, fasteners etc
  3. Evaluate mechanical designs by using conventional mathematical techniques including load analysis and stress analysis.
  4. Geometrically and kinematically construct virtual devices in solid modeling software
  5. Learn to communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical forms through the group project


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessments: 70%

Examination (2 hours): 30%

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week.

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