Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City 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 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Martin Leary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6177

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251-3-58

Course Coordinator Availability: To be advised.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Engineering Design and Solid Mechanics and Materials 1

Course Description

This course is part of a sequence of design courses and concentrates on the study of machine elements and their incorporation into simple machines.
Within this course the following topics will be dealt with: Rolling contact bearings & seals; Belt drives and chain drives; Design for different types of loading; Shaft design; Keys, pins, set screws; Spur Gears; Helical gears, bevel gears and worm gears; Plain surface bearings; Couplings; Motion control: clutches and brakes; Bolted and welded joints; Tolerances and fits.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
Ability to engage in design and execute designs to an appropriate professional standard
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
General knowledge necessary to understand the place of engineering in society
Ability to conduct an engineering project
Ability to manage information and documentation
Capacity for creativity and innovation
Ability to demonstrate professional attitudes

On successful completion of this subject you will:
- Have strengthened your design problem solving methodology.
- Have a working knowledge of common machine elements including their fundamental design, their modes of failure, the scientific concepts behind them, their selection and their installation and successful use.
- Be able to design simple systems using these common mechanical components.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials working on exercises and assignments, and self directed learning on exercises and assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Two Prescribed Texts,  Various reference texts as detailed in the Part B Course Guide

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for Mechanical Design 1 consists of:
-Class test
-End of semester exam