Course Title: Modelling and Simulation of Engineering Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Modelling and Simulation of Engineering Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Lester

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2404

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study the representation and simulation of physical systems using a range of mathematical formulations. There are many modelling techniques to describe system characteristics. You will learn to develop typical mathematical models. Case studies and engineering software applications are used to illustrate a variety of modelling techniques. Once the models are validated, you can utilise them to predict the behaviour of common industrial and engineering systems including: mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, fluid, magnetic, thermal and transport. Problem solving with these systems may involve graphical, algebraic, numerical, state space, simulation and computational processes.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:
1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
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
• Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience
5. Research
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering challenges
• Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Characterise a given engineering system in terms of its essential elements, that is, purpose, parameters, constraints, performance requirements, subsystems, interconnections and environmental context.
2. Develop a modelling strategy for a real world engineering system, which considers prediction and evaluation against design criteria, and integrates any required sub-system models.
3. Assess and select a model for an engineering system taking into consideration its suitability to facilitate engineering decision making and predicted advantages over alternative models.
4. Interpret the simulation results of an engineering system model, within the context of its capabilities and limitations, to address critical issues in an engineering project

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are centred around lectures, computer modelling, presentations, group discussions, assignments and case studies

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exam and quiz questions and references.

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:  Proposal
Weighting of final grade: 30% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2
Description:  You will submit a modelling strategy for an engineering system, based on a characterisation of that system in terms of its essential elements.

Assessment item:  Report
Weighting of final grade:  50% 
Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4
Description:  You will submit a report on your work assessing and selecting a model for an engineering system, then interpreting the simulation results of that model, within a collaborative engineering design and development project

Assessment item:  Presentation
Weighting of final grade: 20% 
Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4
Description:  You will present and defend the assessment, selection and interpretation of results of an engineering system model, within a collaborative engineering design and development project