Course Title: Mechanical Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Pattabhiraman Malavalli

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4080

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 56.5.95C

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Capabilities
Students are required to have successfully completed the courses EEET2277 Computer Applications and MIET2340 Mechanics of Machines, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course uses and develops the CAD methods from EEET2277 Computer Applications and introduces the student to the design of mechanical equipment using a theoretical and practical approach.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:
Technical Competence:
• TC1: theoretical knowledge: knowledge in the application of theoretical procedures for the design of mechanical systems in an industrial environment;
• TC2, 3 & 4: technical ability: obtain practical skills in the application of knowledge and procedures in the design of mechanical components and equipment in an industrial environment;

Integrative Perspective:
• IP1 & 3: critical analysis and problem solving: students will use theoretical knowledge in a practical situation, and in conjunction with correct procedures, to establish the skills required to analyse and overcome problems that may occur in a mechanical engineering environment;
Professional Practice:
• PP2: communication and working in teams: student capabilities will be improved through the development and presentation of design projects; and
• PP3 & 4: inclusion of design parameters which include cultural, ethical and global environmental/sustainability issues.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• design mechanical assemblies using suitable CAD software and techniques;
• apply knowledge of combined stresses to analyse simple mechanical assemblies;
• analyse the conditions under which components are to operate and select appropriate materials;
• select appropriate mechanical components for various applications;
• design mechanical equipment using industrial catalogues, standard proportions, calculations and other design aids (including nomograms), in accordance with Australian codes, factors of safety and fatigue figure analysis.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and projects, using CAD software where appropriate, to develop designs which give further practice in the application of mechanical design theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of design projects, using CAD software, consisting of numerical, strength and other design requirements which require an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use computers and CAD software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of written and numerical assignments, practical design projects and reports, progress tests, and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice or a mixture of the two.