Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Martin Leary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6177

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251-3-58

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Computer Aided Design  or equivalent
Mechanics and Materials 1 or equivalent

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.

Overview of Learning Resources

Two prescribed texts and various reference texts.

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

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