Course Title: Management of Automotive Design and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management of Automotive Design and Development

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Mr David Taylor

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4859

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will gain a deep understanding of automotive design considering the key engineering disciplines and methods throughout the life cycle of a product. The primary focus of the course is on the MANAGEMENT of the life cycle phases in the design and development of the automobile from a systems perspective (from “cradle” to “grave”). This includes a wide range of considerations, including technical innovation, quality, reliability, safety, sustainability and environmental aspects. The underpinning engineering design approach introduced in this course is based on the Design for Six Sigma methodology.

More specifically, the course includes the following key topics:

  • Product life-cycle management
  • Global design and communication (e-design)
  • Automobile system design
  • Safety regulations and design for safety
  • Environmental regulations and design for environment
  • Design integration and optimisation
  • Virtual design and development
  • Design validation
  • Knowledge management
  • Autonomous Vehicle technologies and implications
  • Presentation skills

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

4. Professional Practice
• Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
• Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
• Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership
• Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

5. Research
• Demonstrate professional sourcing, use and management of information.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Apply a life-cycle approach to automobile design and development, and conduct life cycle assessment
2. Apply “Design for Six Sigma” approach to product (automobile) design.
3. Identify realistic design solutions to real-world problems in compliance with the local and global industry standards (environmental, safety)
4. Communicate project findings and design proposals to an audience of peers and industry representatives.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities throughout the course will take the form of lecture material delivered in a combination of pre-recorded lecture topics, plus face-to-face tutorial deep dives with PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, a group assignment combined with a group presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, assignment details, and other references.        

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Case study - team project
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4

Design Project - team project
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Management report - Individual work 
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2, 3, 4