Course Title: Computational Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computational Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: N/A

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of MIET1084 Finite Element Analysis or equivalent.

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

This course introduces you to advanced concepts of linear and non-linear modelling of engineering problems using numerical methods, particularly those related to industry.

You’ll learn about  advanced Finite Element (FE) analysis  and modelling techniques. You'll solve with competence practical problems related to mechanical components and structures.

Through engaging hands-on workshops, this course equips you to analyse and solve the  practical problems related to modern design and manufacturing technology and  familiarizes you with up-to-date commercial engineering software widely used in industry both in Australia and overseas.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).

See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to the development of program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist your achievement of several PLOs for the following programs:

BH070 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
BH078 Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace 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.    
  • PLO3: Apply engineering research principles, methods and contemporary technologies and practices to plan and execute projects taking into account ethical, environmental and global impacts.     
  • 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.
  • PLO6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.  
  • PLO7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to Indigenous and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.   

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the major theories, approaches and methodologies used in finite element analysis;
  2. Implement finite element method using commercial codes;
  3. Apply and assess (or Design) the application of finite element analysis to real world engineering designs;
  4. Synthesis and critically analyse results of FEA modelling;
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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 the Canvas Course Site.

Overview of Learning Resources

The essential material will be covered in lectures.
For specific details please refer to the course coordinator. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through Canvas and the RMIT Student website.

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Assignment 1 (Report)
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Term Project (Group Report)
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Class test
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: Assignment 2 (Report)
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4 & 5


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.