Course Title: Mechanical Design 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Martin Leary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6177

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Mechanical Design 2 or equivalent course

Course Description

This is a final year course in the mechanical engineering specialist design stream involving advanced design concepts and techniques. It aims to engage you in systems design and robust design problems through experiential problem-based learning and project-based learning. You will work on real-world industry relevant design projects from the stage of identifying the design requirements, through detailed design to the final stage of virtual prototyping, validating and developing technical documentation using contemporary computational and experimental techniques. This involves team-based discussions, workshops and consultations emulating professional engineering design practice. All projects involve students undergoing a complete systems design process involving complex mechanical systems and including a significant level of advanced engineering analysis and design optimisation.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. 
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information. (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
  • Professional use and management of information.
  • Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
  • Effective team membership and team leadership.



Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply contemporary design methods and computational tools on real-world engineering products and systems. 
  2. Undertake and manage engineering design projects following best professional practice.
  3. Apply and integrate advanced engineering analysis and optimisation techniques in a design context using both analytical methods and advanced CAE software
  4. Develop computational and physical models of emerging designs and validate developed prototypes using experimental and virtual design approaches. 
  5. Explain and apply concurrent engineering approaches and techniques by considering both process and material selection optimisation in design


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, class tests, and a major design project involving research, modelling, analysis and testing.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes and prescribed texts will be the main learning resources. The main text book is available both in hardcopy and digitally for download from Library.

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 Tasks

Major design project: System Design
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Major design project: System Optimisation
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Class tests
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4