Course Title: Design Mechanical Machines

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

Sergei Eljaste

Tel. No. +61 3 9925  4661


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

3.3 Principles of mechanical drive systems and
standard machine design are applied to the design

3.4 Feasibility of proposed design is determined
based on calculations and relevant

3.5 Machine design is prepared using relevant

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


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

4.5 Work completion notified according to enterprise


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 Project

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 class projects 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              REVISION. WRITTEN QUIZ

                  7              COMBINED STRESSES                                  ANALYTICAL METHOD

                  8              COMBINED STRESSES                                  GRAPHICAL METHOD

                  9              COMBINED STRESSES PRACTICAL PROBLEMS

                 10             PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION. CLASS PROJECT

                 11             TERM BREAK. NO CLASS

                 12             CLASS PROJECT            

                 13             CLASS PROJECT               

                 14              CLASS PROJECT     

                 15              REVISION    

                 16              FINAL EXAM



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

TEACHER’S NOTES, Blackboard materials, videos & Web References

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set
in Unit Descriptor. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge
and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed
under Assessment Task Section.

Assessments will comprise:

AT1. Written class Quiz  - 10%. Week 7

AT2. Class Project         - 40% . End of the course

AT2. Final Test                - 50% . End of the course

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

AT1. Written class Quiz            Elements 1 - 4

AT2. Class Project                    Elements 1 - 4

AT3.  Final test                           Elements 1 - 4 

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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