Course Title: Design Mechanical Machines

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: PROC5235

Course Title: Design Mechanical Machines

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Tel. No. +61 3 9925  4957


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to design rotating machines, using catalogues and standard machine designs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP278 Design Mechanical Machines


Design mechanical machine

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Resources and equipment for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.
3.3 Principles of mechanical drive systems and standard machine design are applied to the design task.
3.4 Feasibility of proposed design is determined based on calculations and relevant diagrams/drawings.
3.5 Machine design is prepared using relevant calculations.
3.6 Machine design is optimised within design parameters, using relevant calculations.
3.7 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.


Document machine design.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
4.2 Design documentation and reports are prepared with all relevant design information.
4.3 Final design specifications are established and agreed on with appropriate personnel.
4.4 Alternative design solutions are provided, where required.
4.5 Work completion notified according to enterprise procedures.


Interpret design requirements for a rotating machine.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood and impact on design are identified.
1.2 The machine design task is determined through requests, work orders or equivalent and clarified with the appropriate personnel.
1.3 Mechanical variables which will affect the design are analysed.
1.4 Where appropriate, expert advice is sought with respect to the design task and according to enterprise procedures.


Select mechanical machine components

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Machine components are selected from applicable reference documents to meet the design specification, calculations and to satisfy cost reliability and life requirements.
2.3 Component sizes and tolerances are calculated using standard formulas and standard (tabulated) component data.
2.4 Mechanical measurements and calculations are performed and interpreted correctly.

Learning Outcomes

Design mechanical machine

Document machine design.

Interpret design requirements for a rotating machine.

Select mechanical machine components.

Details of Learning Activities



Class Projects

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in applying the principles of Statics & Dynamics to enable the calculation of essential parameters used for design, and hence to Design selected items of machinery.

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, tutorials/assignments and classprojects to achieve these objectives.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Tutorial work & Practical Assignments challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Session   1             INTRODUCTION TO COURSE

                  2            FATIGUE DESIGN

                  3             TORSIONAL DEFLECTION

                  4              LATERAL DEFLECTION

                  5              STRESS CONCENTRATION

                  6              DESIGN OF STEEL SHAFTS  TO  AS  1403

                  7              COMBINED STRESSES                                  ANALYTICAL METHOD

                  8              COMBINED STRESSES                                  GRAPHICAL METHOD

                  9              DESIGN OF BOLTED JOINTS

                 10             DESIGN OF WELDED JOINTS

                 11             CLASS PROJECT       No.   1

                 12             CLASS PROJECT       No.    1          cont’d

                 13             CLASS PROJECT       No.     1         cont’d

                 14              CLASS PROJECT      No.      2 

                 15              CLASS PROJECT      No.      2        cont’d

                 16              CLASS PROJECT      No.       2       cont’d

                 17             REVISION


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

TEACHER’S NOTES & Web References

Overview of Assessment

Various written assignments/tests and practical exercises/projects 100%

Assessment Tasks

Students must gain a pass in BOTH 1. & 2. forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.

Assessments will comprise:

1. Class Projects (x2) - 50%

2. Final Test - 50%

Students must satisfy ALL Elements of Competency and pass both sections 1. & 2. above, and obtain a minimum overall mark of 50/100 to pass this course, 


Assessment Matrix

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