Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Adv Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours) 
BH070 - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) 

PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 

PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.     

PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity.  

PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct. 

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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. 

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. 

The subject will be conducted in a manner which facilitates the development of an adult learning capability. The objective of the lectures and tutorials is not to convey distilled fact to be reproduced by students but to provide a guide to where learning effort should be directed and to identify problem areas which 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 

Online Quiz 
Weighting: 20%  
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, 4 

Mid-semester Quiz 
Weighting: 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs:  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% 
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4 

Assessment Item 3:  Design Studio 

Group Assessment 
Weighting: 20%  
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4
Presentation at the end of Semester 

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.