Course Title: Management of Vehicle Design and Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management of Vehicle Design and Research

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Xu Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256028

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: MIET2420 Mechanical Design 1 and MIET2093 Computer Aided Design

Course Description

This course is centred on a series of lectures and associated tutorials based on contemporary vehicle research, design and development practices. The lectures will concentrate on the theory attached to the design and development of motor vehicles. The tutorials in turn will convert the theory to practice.

You will research, design and develop a typical vehicle in this course. You will take part in the design and development of your nominated component(s) depending on your group responsibilities (e.g. chassis, body, etc.) throughout the course. The designs will be developed from concept to scale production model as the course progresses. The various stages of your designs and documentation will be brought together to form an integrated whole.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1    Knowledge and Skill Base

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

2    Engineering Application Ability

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3    Professional and Personal Attributes

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. identify and apply specialist bodies of knowledge relevant to the management of vehicle design
  2. map key research directions relating to design trends in vehicle design
  3. fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources to automotive vehicle design
  4. apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes in the design of automotive vehicles.
  5. effectively communicate in oral and written form the outcome of automotive vehicle design studies
  6. demonstrate creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour in designing and analysing an automotive vehicle
  7. demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership as part of an automotive vehicle design project

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is largely design problem based, with exercises and staged assignment related to the design of vehicle components and systems.

Lectures, and associated reading, will be used to teach you how to design and manage the project – Management of Vehicle Design and Research, employing appropriate research and design tools and processes used in industry.

Tutorials will be used to assist you to put those management tools and processes into practice by designing a motor vehicle.

The tutorial exercises and staged assignment aim to:

  • Develop your analytical skills, in particular your ability to identify modes of failure and so be able to design against them;
  • Give practice in applying knowledge drawn from several subject areas;
  • Provide practice in engineering drafting;
  • Involve designing to comply with Australian Standards, where appropriate,

Staged assignment will also require that you:

  • Draw together formally delivered material and information gleaned from your own research;
  • Work in groups on some aspects of the assignments, and independently on other aspects, as directed in the assignment questions;
  • Discuss your designs as they evolve with the lecturer and tutors.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with a learning guide and recommended references. You will also need to use information resources available in the RMIT library database and on the internet as recommended by your lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task:  CAD tutorial, lab prac and lecture attendance

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3, 5, 7

Assessment Task 2:  Design Documentation and Lab Practical

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5, 7

Assessment Task 3: Design validation and assembly

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-4, 6

Assessment Task 4: Presentation and Final Examination

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-4