Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Hormoz Marzbani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399256147

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for BH126 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Engineering plans ending in P23 and specialising in:
Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronic; Mechanical; Sustainable Systems; Aerospace; and Chemical Engineering and associated double degrees:

PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH093MEHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours):

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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 Engineering Application Ability
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Develop a basic understanding of mechanical engineering;
  2. Evaluate and analyse geometric and material properties, to predict how structures behave under various loads (axial, bending, twisting);
  3. Effectively communicate solutions to authentic problems in a professional engineering manner. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectorials, tutorials, and workshops. Directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assigned tasks. 

The subject will be conducted in a manner that facilitates the development of an adult learning capability. The objective of the lectures and tutorials is not to convey distilled facts to be reproduced by students but to provide a guide to where learning effort should be directed and to identify problem areas that need to be addressed in an interactive and participatory manner. This approach seeks to emulate the way learning occurs in the work environment - by initiative rather than by direction. You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course Site. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas and the RMIT Student website. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, details related to the laboratory experiments and references. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student website

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Item 1: Progressive Assessment (20%)

Quiz 1 - Week 4 
Weighting: 10%  
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1 & 2

Quiz 2 - Week 8
Weighting: 10% 
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1 & 2

Assessment Item 2: End of Semester Assessment (35%)

End-Semester Assessment
Weighting: 35% 
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, & 3

Assessment Item 3:  Design Studio (45%)

Progressive Report - Week 6
Weighting: 15%  
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, & 3

Final Report - Week 12
Weighting: 25%  
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, & 3

Transferable Skills Self-Assessment – Weeks 1 & 12 
Weighting: 5%  
This assessment task supports CLO:  3

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.