Course Title: Mechanical Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanical Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


860H School of Science, Engineering and Technology


Viet2 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet3 2022,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023

Course Coordinator: Thanh Pham

Course Coordinator Phone: (+84) 28 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 2.4.27

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2499 Stress Analysis 

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 contributes to the following program learning outcomes: ● 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.


On completion of this 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

Learning activities will take the form of: ▪ Face to face and online seminars ▪ Laboratories ▪ Tutorials ▪ Project work


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.   The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.


Overview of Assessment

1. Laboratories Weighting 30% This assessment supports CLOs 1-3   2. Class tests Weighting 30% This assessment supports CLOs 1-3   3. Project  Weighting 40% This assessment supports CLOs 1-3