Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Kyriakou

Course Coordinator Phone: via skype

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces essential mechanical engineering fundamentals, relevant to those considering a pathway in the broad discipline of mechanical engineering. Appropriate material properties are introduced, so that the Newtonian mechanics and the conservation of energy introduced in Engineering Science can be further developed in an authentic mechanical engineering context (that is also relevant to student automotive and aerospace engineers).

Relevant theories concerning material behaviour under load (such as in a bridge or an aircraft wing), and heat transfer (such as in a refrigerator, or a car’s radiator) are explored through a variety of real-world problems that a practising engineer may face.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply a basic understanding of geometric and material properties, to predict how materials behave under a variety of loads (stretch, bend, twist break etc).
  2. Develop an understanding of how heat can affect material behaviour.
  3. Understand how heat flow is advantageous in the design of everyday products.
  4. Effectively communicate solutions to authentic problems in a professional engineering manner.

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline;

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline;

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources; and

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include pre-recorded lectures, lectorials and tutorials, assignments and a workshop. Online learning and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Learning Management System course site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, details related to the laboratory experiments and references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment item 1: Progressive Assessment

Online Quiz
Weighting 20% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 4

Mid-semester quiz
Weighting 20%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3

This test will be a 2hr quiz that may be taken anytime within a 24hr period.

Assessment item 2: Assignment Assessment

End-semester Assignment
Weighting 40%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment item 3:  Design Studio

Group Assessment
Weighting 20% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4

Presentation at the end of Semester