Course Title: Design for Assembly and Automation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design for Assembly and Automation

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 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Steve Dowey

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2235

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumes knowledge of engineering design methods, design communication skills or equivalent. 

Course Description

Assembly forms the dominant cost in a manufactured component. This course develops your capabilities in Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA). You will build on prior knowledge of engineering to examine the design of products for manufacture and assembly (manual, high speed automatic and robotic) and the overarching impact of product design on product cost. Topics that will be covered include: 

  • The economics of manufacturing processes, and the cost of assembly in a manufactured product. 
  • Assessing an existing product for design efficiency.
  • Redesigning components to reduce manufacturing costs by parts integration and increasing the design efficiency.
  • Analysis of equipment to feed and orient part for robotic and high-speed assembly. 
  • Effect of component quality on productivity in automated assembly.
  • Simplified plant cost models for automated assembly. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Price the cost of assembly of a manufactured product
  2. Redesign the product to further reduce assembly cost
  3. Optimise the number of components in an assembly - particularly by integration with advanced manufacturing processes
  4. Analyse high-speed machinery to feed, orientate and insert components into an assembly
  5. Estimate automated machinery in a plant, required to assemble a product

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments, site visits and a final exam. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through Canvas ( and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books and digitalised materials at RMIT libraries will be available as well. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work.   During the course, you will be directed to many websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

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 item:  Minor project 1
Weighting of final grade:  10%       
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3,

Assessment item:  Major project
Weighting of final grade:  40%       
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment item:  Final test
Weighting of final grade:  50%           
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5