Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Martin Leary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6177

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10-12

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OENG1204 Creative Engineering CAD 

MIET2514 Introduction to Mechanical and Automotive Engineering 

Course Description

This course is part of a sequence of Project Based Learning (PBL) courses and concentrates on the study of machine elements and their incorporation into simple machines.  
Within this course the following topics will be dealt with: Rolling contact bearings & seals; Belt drives and chain drives; Design for different types of loading; Shaft design; Keys, pins, set screws; Spur Gears; Helical gears, bevel gears and worm gears; Plain surface bearings; Couplings; Motion control: clutches and brakes; Bolted and welded joints; Tolerances and fits.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops and assesses the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): 

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 

Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. 

Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. 

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. 

Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Apply a design problem solving methodology. 
  2. Apply a working knowledge of common machine elements  including their fundamental design, their modes of failure, the scientific concepts behind them, their selection and their  installation and successful use 
  3. Design simple systems using common mechanical components 

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials working on exercises and assignments and self-directed learning on exercises and assignments. 


Specific outcomes includes: 



Failure Criteria – static loading 

Failure Criteria – dynamic loading 

Pulley Design 

Chain system design  

Bracket design  

Motor and Engine design 

Failure Modes and Effects analysis 

Root cause analysis 

Overview of Learning Resources

online course materials

Overview of Assessment

Assignment 1 
Weighting 25% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3 

Class tests 
Weighting 15% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3 

Assignment 2 
Weighting 25% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3 

Final exam 
Weighting 35% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3