Course Title: Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: MANU7352C

Course Title: Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Serge Eljaste
Phone: +613 9925 4661

Leon Mattatia
Phone: +613 9925 4668

Vettri Chinnadurai
Phone: +613 9925 4667

Tauqir Waraich
Phone: +613 9925 4310

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings

Course Description

This unit covers contributing to basic mechanical system design, and selecting the components and mechanical features required to perform simple functions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30009A Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems


1. Research equipment function and operational requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. All relevant drawings, specifications, manuals and documentation are obtained in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.2. Appropriate personnel are consulted to determine requirements.
1.3. Information collected is interpreted and draft functional and operational requirements are prepared and verified with supervisor or design team.


2. Prepare a preliminary sketch/drawing/specification

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Appropriate components, assemblies and fasteners are selected to perform the required function.
2.2. Where required, components and/or materials are selected from supplier/manufacturer catalogues.
2.3. Appropriate and relevant codes are applied to the sketch/drawing/specification in accordance with workplace procedures.
2.4. The preliminary sketch/drawing/specification is referred to a higher authority for approval in accordance with policy and procedures.


3. Issue or file completed sketch/drawing/specification list as required

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Approved sketch/drawing/specification is stored and catalogued in accordance with standard operating procedures.
3.2. Approved sketch/drawing/specification is issued in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the two clustered competencies (MANU7352C and MIET7542C ) and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Laboratory practicals

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster in conjunction with MIET7542C. You must enrol in both courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies MANU7352C and MIET7542C.

Elements and Performance Criteria for (MIET7542C) MEM14089A Integrate mechanical fundamentals into an engineering task:

1. Investigate scope of engineering task

1.1 Identify mechanical and related fundamentals to be integrated into engineering task
1.2 Identify stakeholders to be consulted
1.3 Confirm WHS, regulatory requirements, risk management and organisational procedures
1.4 Review functions and features of machines, mechanisms and mechanical systems required by the task
1.5 Review software techniques required for task analysis and graphics

2. Integrate mechanical fundamentals

2.1 Use systems thinking to address contingencies and constraints, problem solving and decision making, and continuous improvement to achieve integration task
2.2 Integrate mechanical fundamentals to achieve task objectives
2.3 Seek technical and professional assistance or clarification of design information, as required

3. Report results

3.1 Record results of investigation, evaluation and integration
3.2 Provide documentation, such as diagrams and calculations, programs and files

Engineers Australia Mapping Information: 

This course and other two clustered competencies are mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies MANU7352C & MIET7542C in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for the 2 clustered competencies MANU7352C and MIET7542C is detailed below:

WeekTopic DeliveredElements / Performance Criteria

Introduction to course, course guide, assessments, topics breakdown, resources, equipment (in the lab) & WHS issues. Review design and features of key and pin connections.

MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2

2Couplings. Overview of different designs. The selection guide.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
3Plain bearings. Rolling bearings. Overview of different designs. The selection guide.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
4Balancing of co-planar masses. Lab practical 1.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2

Balancing of non-co-planar masses. Methods of calculation. Lab practical 2.

MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
6Clutches. Overview of different designs. Methods of calculation and the selection guide. Lab practical report due.

MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2

7Brakes. Belt drives.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
8Chain drives. Types, calculation and selection guide.

MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2

9Springs. Overview of fundamentals and the selection guide.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 10Gears. Fundamentals, overview of designs. Commercial gearboxes. Calculation of Gear ratio.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 11Gears. Terminology and geometry. Design calculations.MEM30009A: 2.1 - 2.4, MEM14089A 1.1, 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 12Reciprocating / linear motion components. Variable speed units.  Project work and consultation.MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2  MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 13Winches, hoists and lifting jacks. Project work and consultation.MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 14Pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Pumps. Project work and consultation.MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 15HVAC systems. Project work and consultation.MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 16Revision. Test MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
 17Test 2nd attempt.MEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2
18Student FeedbackMEM30009A: 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 MEM14089A 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.2

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 30 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Roger Kinsky. Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials. McGraw-Hill
Val Ivanoff. Engineering Mechanics. McGraw-Hill


Other Resources

The course notes are available on BlackBoard.

Overview of Assessment


The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Test 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10


Assessment 2: Project

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 3: Laboratory practical reports

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 4: Test 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Test 1


Lab practicals

Test 2


















































Assessment Tasks

• Laboratory practical report – 15%, Week 6

• Project – 25% , Week 15

• Test – Progressive assessment, 60%, Week 17


All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments. The hard copy submissions through the reception will no longer be accepted.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM30009A Elements & Performance Criteria

MEM30009A Elements & Performance Criteria
Lab practicalXXXX   XXXX
TestXX  X X X    






Assessment vs MEM14089A Elements & Performance Criteria 

MEM14089A Elements & Performance Criteria
Lab practical X XX XXX X XXX
TestX  X X X XX


Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies                                                                                                                                       

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
  EA1.1EA1.2EA 1.3EA1.4EA1.5 EA1.6EA2.1 EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Lab practicalXXXXX XX  XXXXXX


0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.


Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration.



Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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