Course Title: Vehicles, Innovation and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vehicles, Innovation and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Mohammad Fard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256044

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room 23, Level 3, Building 251, Bundoora East Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course “Motor Vehicle and Society” is designed to make the student aware of the socio-economic aspects of motor vehicles. The course will deal with:
Understanding transport logistics, including alternative modes of transport
Recognition of advantages and disadvantages of motor vehicles
Estimation of the environmental impact of the manufacture of a vehicle and provide strategies for minimization
Design of basic safety systems for vehicles
Vehicle packaging and ergonomics
Alternative fuels for vehicles and environmental sustainability

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will advance the students’ development of the following broad capabilities:

Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer, and the principles of sustainable design and development
Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities
Expectation and capacity to undertake lifelong learning
Ability to use appropriate techniques and resources
Ability to conduct an engineering project
Understanding of the business environment
Ability to manage information and documentation
Ability to demonstrate professional attitudes 

The primary objectives of the course are to provide students ample opportunities to familiarise themselves with various real-world engineering and social issues related to automobiles. The course “Motor Vehicle and Society” is designed to make the student aware of the socio-economic aspects of motor vehicles.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and class presentations. During lectures students will learn about the general concepts, and in tutorial time they will work through specific problems about the impact of automobiles on social, economical and cultural affairs of humankind.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course will be: lecture notes, hand outs, prescribed textbook and other recommended books and materials

Overview of Assessment

Your knowledge gained from this course will be assessed via a mid semester closed book test, an assignment and associated presentation, weekly exercises and an end of semester closed book examination.