Course Title: Prepare mechanical models for computer-aided engineering (CAE)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OENG7338C

Course Title: Prepare mechanical models for computer-aided engineering (CAE)

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alan Wazir
Phone: +61 3 9925 4153

Vettri Chinnadurai
Phone: +61 3 9925 4667

Appointments by email

Nominal Hours: 60

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

MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the application of mechanical modelling techniques for computer-aided engineering (CAE) purposes. It includes model creation for purposes such as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical control (CNC) applications, rapid prototyping and stress analysis, and as a basis for generating orthogonal drawings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM09155A Prepare mechanical models for computer-aided engineering (CAE)


1. Identify model parameters

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the engineering context of computer modelling.
1.2 Identify sustainability issues related to required models.
1.3 Identify work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements related to modelling processes and materials.
1.4 Identify the virtual or physical model parameters, form, function and features.
1.5 Identify required model generation processes, including any required graphics generation, post-processing and physical modelling.
1.6 Identify licensed technical and professional assistance for advice, as required.


2. Develop model

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Generate initial graphical model.
2.2 Undertake initial consultation on model with stakeholders and adjust, as required.
2.3 Prepare model for intended purpose.
2.4 Trial model for purpose and complete investigative analysis or produce physical model.
2.5 Evaluate model against design criteria with stakeholders and make adjustments, as required.
2.6 Engage appropriate licensed technical and professional assistance for advice, as required.


3. Finalise modelling

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare final model.
3.2 Report and demonstrate results.
3.3 Provide documentation, instructions, models and files, as required.
3.4 Obtain sign-off.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates


• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Projects
• Weekly Journals



Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well defined engineering problems.
EA2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM09155A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopic DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1Introduction and Overview of the Course, context of computer modelling, sustainability issues, work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements, virtual / physical model parameters, form, function and features, required model generation processes, technical and professional assistance.1.1 - 1.6
2Context of computer modelling, sustainability issues, work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements, virtual / physical model parameters, form, function and features, required model generation processes, technical and professional assistance. Continue work on task 1.1.1 - 1.6
3Interpret the requirements for the project. Apply/Develop the design requirements and parameters, Project Life Cycle Management, Allocation, Strategic Assessment & submission. Continue work on Task 12.1 - 2.6

Prepare, plan, and design concept proposal (Project planning): Discuss design with owner/teacher. Develop Gantt Chart, Introduction to Task2 (refer section 10.3.6 for details of Task 2) 

Assessment 1 DUE - Test

2.1 - 2.6
5Status review, Develop component layout and design methodology. Gather resources for the project. Continue work on Task 22.1 - 2.6
6Concept design review, modifications/alterations for manufacturing, Continue work on Task 21.1 - 1.6, 2.1 - 2.6
7Design for manufacture: Process Development & review, Continue work on Task 2 1.1 - 1.6,  2.1 - 2.6 ]

Manufacturing of components and build assembly. Continue work on Task 2 (Phase 3 - Refer to Phase section.) 

Assessment 2 DUE - Interim Project Report and Poster

1.1 - 1.6, 2.1 - 2.6
9Continue Manufacturing, Continue work on Task 21.1 - 1.6,  2.1 - 2.6
10Develop Validation Process, Task 1 & 2 Review 3.1 - 3.4
11Validate components and system, Tasks 1 & 2 Review 2.1 - 2.6, 3.1 - 3.4
12Continue manufacturing, screen printing/ stickers, logo work, painting, etc.2.1 - 2.6, 3.1 - 3.4
13Finish manufacturing and start assembly. (Tasks 2 & 3.) All manufacturing ceases this week. Prepare for design analysis and design review.2.1 - 2.6

Develop analysis report, Review design and manufacturing process. Work on Task 3.

Conclusion: Work on Task 4. (Refer section 10.3.8 for details of Task 4) Begin Testing

3.1 - 3.4
15Finish Project testing. Prepare for presentation.3.1 - 3.4
16Assessment 3 DUE - Final Report and Presentation.3.1 - 3.4
17Marking and Feedback3.1 - 3.4

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum of 15 hours outside the class

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


RMIT School of Engineering Project Brief (Booklet) - as issued , and posted on BlackBoard

Competition Documents (Rules and Regulations) - Please refer to:

Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.


Materials posted on BlackBoard / Student Drive and class handouts

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Initial design and project plan TEST

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10


Assessment 2: Interim project report and poster

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


Assessment 3: Final project report and model completely fabricates

(20% for report, 20% for completed model, 10% for Presentation, Teamwork & Weekly Journals)

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria CoveredInitial design and project planInterim project report and posterFinal project report and modelParticipation and teamworkPresentation
2.1 XXXX
2.2 XXXX
2.3 XXXX
2.4 XXXX
2.5 XXXX
2.6 XXXX
3.1  XXX
3.2  XXX
3.3  XXX
3.4  X X








Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Initial design and project plan TEST - due in Week 4
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10%

Assessment 2: Interim project report and poster - due in Week 8
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment 3: Final project report and model completely fabricates
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50% (20% for report, 20% for completed model, 10% for Presentation, Teamwork & Weekly Journals) - Week 16

Please refer to the Project Brief document available on Blackboard.

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM09155A Elements & Performance Criteria

 MEM09155A Elements & Performance Criteria
Initial design and project plan X X X X X X          
Interim project report and poster X X X X X X X X X X X X    
Final project report and model X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Participation and teamwork X X X X X X X X X X X X X 
Presentation X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
 EA 1.1EA 1.2EA 1.3EA 1.4EA 1.5EA 1.6EA 2.1EA 2.2EA 2.3EA 2.4EA 3.1EA 3.2EA 3.3EA 3.4EA 3.5EA 3.6
Initial design and project plan X X  X X X    X X X X X X 
Interim project report and poster X X X X X X X X  X      
Final project report and model X X X X X X X X X X      
Participation and teamwork X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Presentation X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
All assessments MEM09155A 3231232233223132
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development
Please refer to  to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

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.
Please refer to  to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two 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.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to  to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.
Please refer to  to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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