Course Title: Design for Manufacture

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design for Manufacture

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Steve Dowey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2235

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.65-06

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

Course Description

This course develops your capabilities in designing for manufacture. You will build on prior knowledge of engineering to examine the design of products for manufacture and assembly 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 the component to reduce manufacturing costs by parts integration and increasing the design efficiency
  • Analysis of equipment to feed and orientate part for robotic and high-speed assembly
  • Simplified plant cost models for automated assembly

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders 

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems
  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team 

4. Professional Practice

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering challenges

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to apply the methodologies of DFM and DFA (DFMA) to:

  1. Analyse/ compare designs to determine their design efficiency.
  2. Identify components to integrate.
  3. Estimate assembly and machining costs.
  4. Redesign a product to reduce assembly costs. 
  5. Analyse high-speed machinery to feed, orientate and insert components into an assembly and estimate the cost of plant for increasing levels of automation. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, lecture-tutorials or lectorials, quizzes, major and minor assignments and a final exam.

The course will be based heavily on Project-Based Learning (PBL) and will involve team activities. 

It is vital that you keep up-to-date with all learning activities. Details of assignments will be posted on Canvas. There will also be milestones for your project which must be achieved by certain dates. Tutorial activities have been designed to enable you to achieve these milestones within the appropriate time frame.

This course is designed to commence your technical knowledge of product design for assembly and manufacture. Some assessments have also been designed to give you practice in the interpretation of data, the management of information and the final major project will test your written, and communication skills.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related schedules and resources will be provided to students via on the course Blackboard or email. This can include supplementary course notes, tutorial material, lecture material, problem sheets and solutions.

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

Assignment 1
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1

Assignment 2
Weighting 30%. 
This assessment tasks supports CLOs: 1, 2, & 3

Assignment 3
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Examination (Final)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5