Course Title: Vehicle Dynamics and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vehicle Dynamics and Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rory Gover

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7042

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:
Successful completion of MIET2136 Mechanical Design 1 and OENG1250 Introduction to Engineering Design.  

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

The design of a modern vehicle is the result of coordinated multi-disciplinary effort in order to achieve a set of design and performance targets. The selection, specification and attainment of those targets is a key process in automotive engineering. This design and development process, alongside the analytical methods for determining the performance, handling and ride behaviour of the vehicle will be taught in this course.  

The course will teach, reinforce and evaluate your knowledge regarding establishing engineering benchmarks for vehicles, subsystem design, vehicle handling and modelling methods. You will become familiar with utilising engineering software in order to analyse and develop solutions related to vehicle dynamics and design.  

After this course, you will be able to reconcile competing demands inherent in the design of vehicles.  

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 program:  

BH070 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)  

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 
  2. Develop discernment of knowledge and research directions within the engineering discipline. 
  3. Apply engineering techniques, tools and resources fluently. 
  4. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. 
  5. Communicate effectively in professional domains. 
  6. Demonstrate creative, pro-active demeanour and good team skills. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will provide you the opportunity to familiarise with and develop various engineering problems related to static and dynamic response of vehicles. You are expected to review online video material, participate in online Q&A sessions, engage with online computer classes and carry out associate reading. Video content and readings will be used to extend theoretical knowledge of vehicle dynamics. Q&A sessions will help you work on assignments and problem-solving exercises will facilitate a better understanding of vehicle dynamics. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

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

You will need to refer to the learning guide and recommended reference books as detailed in Part B of the Course Guide. You will also need to use information resources available in the RMIT library’s database and on the internet as recommended by your lecturer. 

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

Assessments will include:
Assignments with staged submissions and Weekly Knowledge Checks. 

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment tasks 

Assessment 1: Weekly Knowledge Check  
Weighting 20% 
This individual assessment task supports CLOs 1-3, 5, 6 

Assessment 2: Design specification task 
Weighting 25% 
This individual task supports CLOs 3-5 

Assessment 3: Minor design report 
Weighting 25% 
This individual task supports CLOs 3-5 

Assessment 4: Major design report 
Weighting 30% 
This individual task supports CLOs 3-5  

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.