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MECH5400: Foundations of Mechanical Design 1 (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH5400: Foundations of Mechanical Design 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mr Briozzo, Paul
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Aim: For students to experience a realistic the design process and to develop good engineering skills.

Course Objectives: To develop an understanding of:

1. The need for and use of standard drawings in the communication and definition of parts and assemblies,

2. Efficient use of a CAD package

3. Creativity

4. The design process from initial idea to finished product

5. Methods used to analyse designs

6. Standard components
Assumed Knowledge: ENGG1801 AND ENGG1802. HSC Maths and HSC Physics
Lecturer/s: Mr Briozzo, Paul
Tutor/s: Peter Lok, Peter Newman, Van Nguyen, David Williams, ZiBin Chen, Kazi (Pauline) Mehzabeen, James Wilby, Cao Yang
Timetable: MECH5400 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 PCLAB 1.00 1 6
4 Independent Study 6.00
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students will be required to do follow on research of material covered in lectures to get a better understanding.

Tutorial: Two hours tutorial per week. Exercises with tutor assistance based on material covered in lectures.

Laboratory: One hour Computer laboratory, assistance available in the use of CAD

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
Applying analysis techniques to new problems. Developing methods of ideas generation. Design (Level 3)
Finding information from many sources and being able to interpret it for the specific applications required by the unit of study. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Written and graphical communication. Freehand sketching and drafting practices. Communication (Level 3)
Working in teams Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

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 3)
1. Skills in idea generation methods
2. Skills in design analysis techniques and layout
3. Skills in design development and testing
Communication (Level 3)
4. Skills in freehand sketching and drafting practices
5. Skills in written and graphical communication
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
6. Skills in working as individuals and in teams
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment A No 5.00 Week 1 4,
2 Assignment B Yes 10.00 Week 4 2, 4,
3 Quiz 1 No 15.00 Week 4 2,
4 Assignment C Yes 10.00 Week 6 2,
5 Assignment D Yes 20.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Quiz 2 No 15.00 Week 10 2,
7 Assignment E Yes 10.00 Week 12 1, 2,
8 Quiz 3 No 15.00 Week 13 2,
Assessment Description: Assignment A: Freehand Sketch. Will be undertaken during the practical session.

Assignment B: Engineering Drawing Detail and Assembly Drawings using CAD.

Quiz 1: Closed book, short answer quiz based upon the material presented in the lectures between weeks 1 to 4.

Assignment C: Component Design.

Assignment D: Design and Build Project. Contest (10%), Design Report (5%), Drawing Package (5%).

Quiz 2: Closed book, short answer quiz based upon the material presented in the lectures between weeks 5 to 10.

Assignment E: Component Design.

Quiz 3: Closed book, short answer quiz based upon the material presented in the lectures between weeks 11 to 13.
Assessment Feedback: Assesment Feedback is given via:

1. A Feedback sheet at the end of each Assignment.
2. Quizzes contain the correct solutions and they are also emphasised during lecture time.
3. Trends are also discussed in lecture time once an assignment is handed back.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note on Resources: Additional resources will be made available on a week by week basis.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Subject + Intro to Engineering Drawings + Free Hand Sketching
Assessment Due: Assignment A
Week 2 Engineering Drawing Requirements
Week 3 Engineering Drawing Requirements
Week 4 Design Methodology + Bolt Design + Revision
Assessment Due: Assignment B
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 5 Designing Rapid Engineering Methods + Weld Design
Week 6 Spring Design + Pressure Vessel Design
Assessment Due: Assignment C
Week 7 Application of Plain Bearings + Application of Rolling Contact Bearings
Week 8 Applied Forces Beams + Applied Materials
Week 9 Guest Lecture + Applied Shaft Design + Selection of Motors
Assessment Due: Assignment D
Week 10 Revision + Gear Design (Geometry)
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 11 Non-Standard Gear Design (Geometry) + Chain Drive Design
Week 12 Flat Belt Design + V-Belt Design
Assessment Due: Assignment E
Week 13 Introduction to FEA + Revision
Assessment Due: Quiz 3

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%
Design (Level 3) Yes 80%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 16.8%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 3.2%

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.