Course Title: Design Mechanical Engineering Systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET7321

Course Title: Design Mechanical Engineering Systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sergei Eljaste
Ph. +61 3 9925 4661

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to design mechanical engineering systems. This includes use of codes, catalogues and design handbooks to extract information to make appropriate calculations and/or selections. This is based on skills encompassing project management, client liaison, design options, tender documentation and technical reporting.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP274 Design Mechanical Engineering Systems


Analyse component and assembly design conditions.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work
are followed.

2.2 Conditions of operation and mechanical
variables and design parameters are identified.

2.3 Load conditions, working stresses and other
relevant factors are calculated using formulae
appropriate to the task.

2.4 Design loads and working stresses are determined
using suitable factor of safety selected from codes
or reference manuals.

2.5 Suitability of components to carry specified load
under specified conditions is determined using
appropriate formulae.


Design mechanical engineering system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work
are followed.

4.2 The most suitable design to meet the system
requirements is selected using proven design

4.3 Linear and geometric tolerances are determined to
ensure functionality and design performance.

4.4 Feasibility of proposed design is determined
based on calculations and relevant

4.5 System design is optimised using relevant

4.6 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure
the design meets customer requirements and
safety factors.

4.7 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations
are made from discussions with appropriate
personnel, job specifications and enterprise


Document design

Performance Criteria:

5.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work
are followed.

5.2 Resources and equipment needed for the design
task are obtained in accordance with enterprise
procedures and checked for correct operation and

5.3 Preliminary, general arrangement, design and
detail drawings are prepared as required to
Australian Standard.

5.4 Design documentation and reports are prepared
with all relevant design information.


Select mechanical components and materials.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work
are followed.

3.2 Components and materials are selected
appropriate to design specifications, calculated
design loads, working stresses and factor of

3.4 Standard formulas and standard tabulated data are
used to size engineering components.

3.5 Mechanical components are selected from
applicable reference documents to meet the
design specification, calculations and to satisfy
cost reliability and life requirements.


Write a specification for a mechanical engineering system.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a
given work area are obtained and understood.

1.2 Customer requirements are identified in
consultation with customer.

1.3 A functional analysis is performed and all
variables which will affect the design, including
OH&S and environmental requirements, are

1.4 Specification document is prepared for client and
clarified with appropriate personnel.

1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure
system requirements are accurately identified.

Learning Outcomes

Analyse component and assembly design conditions.

Design mechanical engineering system

Document design

Select mechanical components and materials.

Write a specification for a mechanical engineering system.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects and audio-visual presentations. 

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 :             Introduction and Overview of Course. Specification for a mechanical engineering system

Week 2:              Keys, Pins and Splines

Week 3:              Couplings

Week 4:              Selection of V belts

Week 5:              Selection of chains

Week 6:              Journal bearings

Week 7:              Rolling contact bearings

Week 8:              Helical springs - tension/compression

Week 9:             Bolted connection

Week 10:           Welded connection

Week 11:           Gear design - spur

Week 12:           Gear design - Helical

Week 13            Friction components

Week 14            Selection of the most suitable design to meet the system requirements. Linear and geometric tolerances.

Week 15:           Revision

Week 16:           Examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A.K.Hosking & M.R. Harris. Applied Mechanical Design


Other Resources

Online and printed resources.

RMIT publication MIET 7303. Plan for the Implementation of Mechanical Drive Components

Overview of Assessment

Various written assignments/tests and practical exercises/projects 100%

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set
in the National Training Package. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed
under Assessment Task Section.
You are required to complete the following two assessment tasks:

1. Project                                                    - End of the course (50%)
2. Final examination (open book)               - End of the course (50%)

All assessment tasks need to be succesfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Matrix

1. Project -                                            - Elements 1 -5
2. Final examination (open book)          - Elements 1 - 5

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
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assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
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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.

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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 lodgment 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.

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