Course Title: Vehicle Noise Vibration Harshness

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vehicle Noise Vibration Harshness

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Xu Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6028

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.14 Bundoora East

Course Coordinator Availability: Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: MIET 1192 Vehicle Noise and Vibration or MIET2124 Dynamics or MIET1076 Dynamics and Control, or equivalent

Course Description

The course aims to provide you with practical and creative knowledge and skills to describe, measure, analyse and assess vehicle noise vibration harshness (NVH). The course will develop your ability to apply technical expertise to real-world problems.

Noise and vibration of motor vehicles is gaining increasing importance in the automotive industry involving both vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. While noise pollution legislation is driving down vehicle exterior noise, customers are becoming more discerning regarding noise and vibration inside the vehicle. In fact, noise and vibration levels are now considered an important quality parameter in vehicle design. This course will allow you to develop an understanding of the sources and mechanisms of noise and vibration generation and transmission in motor vehicles. In addition, it will introduce you to design principles and palliative treatments necessary to meet noise and vibration targets and standards.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:
1. Needs, Context and Systems
Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis
Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice
Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including writing, accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology

5. Research
Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities         


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Perform noise vibration harshness analysis
2. Evaluate and interpret noise vibration harshness test results, identify vehicle noise and vibration root causes and recommend product development solutions
3. Integrate noise vibration harshness control techniques at the design stage

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities throughout the course include: Lectures, class discussion, homework problems and laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include assignments, virtual laboratory, projects, guides for the laboratory experiments, selected lecture notes, slides and examples of relevant MATLAB programs.

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

Assessment Task 1: Calculations and Simulation (project reports, more than 24 hours to complete)
Weighting 42.5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Summative Quizzes (multiple choices, each unit to be completed in 1 hour) 
Weighting 6%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: Final Assessment (online assignments, open book, completed in two hours within the period of 24 hours)
Weighting 31.5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3           

Lab Prac Reports
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3