MECH1560: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH1560: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Cairney, Julie
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AERO1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800.
Brief Handbook Description: Objectives:

a) To develop an understanding of the role of Mechanical Engineers and the core concepts within the discipline.

b) To understand the content of the degree structure and how the subjects are applied.

c) To develop an understanding of a range of machining and manufacturing processes required to make mechanical components.

Introductory Mechanical Engineering (70%): The subject introduces the core mechanical engineering concepts of design and mechanisms, intelligent systems, applied materials and fluid machinery. An overview is provided of the range of roles and the skills and knowledge required of a Mechanical Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the subjects in the degree program and how they are applied by practicing engineers.

Workshop Technology (30%): On overview is provided of a range of machining and manufacturing processes, with hand on experience provided. Workshop Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools (b) Machining and (c) Welding. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the safety regulations. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Limited Places due to TAFE component. Department Permission required for non-BE(Mech) students.
Lecturer/s: Wood, David K
Professor Behnia, Masud
Professor Ye, Lin
Dr Jabbarzadeh, Ahmad
Emeritus Professor Steven, Grant
Associate Professor Cairney, Julie

Meares, Shaun -

La Fontained, Alexandre -

Araullo-Peters, Vicente -


Hamed Kalhori, Hand Tools Demonstrator,

Matthew Anderson, Hand Tools and Fibreglassing Demonstrator,

Andrew Gong, Hand Tools Demonstrator,

Bryan Clarke, Soldering Demonstrator,

Daniel Bartos Machining Demonstrator

Babak Ghanbarzadeh, Machining Demonstrator,
Timetable: MECH1560 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 Workshop 3.00 1 5
4 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: one hour each week.

Tutorial: 2 x one hour tutorials each week. To re-enforce lectures, plus exercises relevant to assignments.

Workshop: Workshop Sessions as described on your timetable (3 hours per week for 5 weeks)

Independent Study: 6 hours per week.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Introduction to some analysis techniques and problem solving methods in statics, thermodynamics, and dynamics. Design (Level 2)
Introduction to the role of mechanical engineers. Introduction to the processes and equipment used in mechanical engineering. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Appreciate the various forms of information by researching text books, articles etc to be able to fully understand and solve assignment problems. Information Seeking (Level 1)
Develop an ability to communicate effectively through assignments and reports. Devolop ability to lay out problems to improve communication. Communication (Level 2)
Develop an appreciation of the roles of an engineer and their relation to society through exposure to case studies and mechanical engineering machinery. Professional Conduct (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 2)
1. to be able to apply some introductory analysis techniques and problem solving methods by using basic statics, dynamics, and thermodynamics to analyse, size and design very simple machines
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. to develop a high-level understanding of the course content and curriculum within the Mechanical Engineering degree.
3. to understand the role of a graduate Mechanical Engineer
4. to obtain a broad knowledge of the types of sub-disciplines within Mechanical Engineering
5. to understand how a range of machining and manufacturing processes are used to make mechanical components, and to have hands-on experience with some of them
6. to develop skills in the use of manufacturing processes
Information Seeking (Level 1)
7. to understand some of the fundamentals of machinery and equipment common to mechanical engineering by researching some common machines and machine components
Communication (Level 2)
8. to enhance oral communication skills by presenting in front of a group
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assessment 1 No 10.00 Week 6 (Friday, 5 pm) 1,
2 Assessment 2 No 15.00 Week 8 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Assessment 3 No 15.00 Week 10 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Assessment 4 No 20.00 Week 11 (Friday, 5 pm) 7, 8,
5 Assessment 5 No 10.00 Week 13 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4,
6 Workshop Skills No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Coursework assessment 1: Design

Coursework assessment 2: Mechanisms

Coursework assessment 3: Intelligent Systems

Coursework assessment 4: Oral report - selected components and machines

Coursework assessment 5: Materials and Fluid Machinery

Workshop Skills: Practical Work
Assessment Feedback: Marked assignments
Grade Type Description
Grading Schema High Distinction, HD (85-100) Student shows full understanding of the material presented and is able to solve any problems given. Student is able to make all parts required and perform all machining processes to a high standard.

Distinction, D (75-84) Student show an understanding of most material presented and can solve most problems given. Student is able to make satisfactory components and is safe in the operation of machining processes.

Credit, CR (65-74) Student shows an adequate understanding and can solve some problems given. Student is able to perform some of the machining processes and make a reasonable attempt at making parts.

Pass, P (50-64) Student show limited understanding and can solve a limited number of problems. Some attempt is made at machining and making parts.

Fail, F (0-49) Poor understanding, very few problems solved. Has difficulty making any parts and doing machining.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: A Blackboard site is available with the resources for this Unit of Study:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to the course, Description of the ME degree, Careers in ME, Dimensions and Units
Week 2 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
Week 3 Introduction to Design
Week 4 Introduction to Design II
Week 5 Introduction to Statics
Week 6 Introduction to Machine Dynamics
Assessment Due: Assessment 1
Week 7 Introduction to Feedback and Control Theory
Week 8 Introduction to Computer Science
Assessment Due: Assessment 2
Week 9 Introduction to Materials and Processing
Week 10 Materials Properties and Selection
Assessment Due: Assessment 3
Week 11 No lecture: student seminars
Assessment Due: Assessment 4
Week 12 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
Week 13 Introduction to Thermodynamics
Assessment Due: Assessment 5

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical / Arts 2015
Mechanical / Commerce 2015
Mechanical / Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 26%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 54%
Information Seeking (Level 1) Yes 10%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 10%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.