Course Title: Management of Vehicle Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management of Vehicle Design

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof. Xu Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256028

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisites: MIET2420 Mechanical Design 1 and MIET2093 Computer Aided Design

Course Description

The Management of Vehicle Design course is centred on a series of lectures and associated tutorials based on contemporary vehicle design and development practices. The lectures will concentrate on the theory attached to the design and development of motor vehicles. The tutorials in turn will convert the theory to practice.

You will design and develop a typical motor vehicle system in this course. You will take part in the design and development of your nominated component(s) and assembly throughout the course. The design will be developed from concept to a scaled production model as the course progresses. The various stages of your design and documentation will be brought together to form an integrated whole.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1 Needs, Context and Systems
1.1 Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

2 Problem Solving and Design
2.1 Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

3 Analysis
3.1 Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4 Professional Practice
4.1 Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
4.2 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

5 Research
5.1 Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes of BH074 Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) (Honours), BH084 Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management) and BH118 Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor Industrial Design (Honours)

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. have in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  2. develop discernment of knowledge and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  3. fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  4. apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  5. effectively conduct oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  6. demonstrate creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
  7. demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is largely design problem based, with exercises and staged assignment related to the design of vehicle components and systems.

Lectorials, and associated reading, will be used to teach you how to design and manage the project – Management of Vehicle Design, employing appropriate research and design tools and processes used in industry.

Tutorials will be used to assist you to apply those management tools and processes into practice by designing a motor vehicle system.

The tutorial exercises and staged assignments aim to:

  • Develop your analytical skills, in particular your ability to identify modes of failure and so be able to design against them;
  • Give practice in applying knowledge drawn from several subject areas;
  • Provide practice in engineering drafting;
  • Involve designing to comply with Australian Standards, where appropriate.

Staged assignments will also require that you:

  • Draw together formally delivered materials and information gleaned from your own research;
  • Work in groups on some aspects of the assignments, and independently on other aspects, as directed in the assignment questions;
  • Discuss your designs with the lecturer and tutors as the designs evolve.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students need to refer to the learning guide and recommended reference books as detailed in Part B of the Course Guide. You will also need to use information resources available in the RMIT library’s database and on the internet as recommended by your lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments will include:

  • Knowledge check of multiple choice quizzes
  • Assignments with staged submissions 
  • Laboratory work
  • End of the semester assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1: Knowledge check
weighting 20%
This individual assessment task supports CLOs 1-3, 5, 7

Assessment 2: Design documentation report and assignments
weighting 40%
This individual task supports CLOs 4, 5, 7

Assessment 3: Final assessment test 
weighting 30%
This individual assessment supports CLO 1-4

Assessment 4: Lab Prac
weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOS 4, 5, 7