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MECH9400: Mechanical Design 1 (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH9400: 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.
Prohibitions: MECH5400.
Brief Handbook Description: Aim: For students to experience the design process and to develop good engineering skills.

Course Objectives- To develop an understanding of:

1. The need for and use of standard engineering drawings in the communication and definition of parts and assemblies (e.g. Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201).

2. Efficient use of a CAD package (By way of completion of tutorials during and outside of set laboratory times).

3. Creativity and methods used to generate creative solutions.

4. To introduce the design process from initial idea to finished product.

5. Introduce basic standard methods used to analyse unique mechanical designs.

6. Appreciation and analysis of standard components (e.g. The Design of Bolts to the Steel Structures Code AS4100, The Design of Helical Compression Springs to BS EN 13906-1).

7. An understanding of power transmission elements (e.g. The Design of Rotating Steel Shafts to AS1404).
Assumed Knowledge: ENGG1801 AND (ENGG1802 OR AMME1802). HSC Maths and HSC Physics
Lecturer/s: Mr Briozzo, Paul
Tutor/s: Thai Nguyen

Musharraf Hossain

Mustafa Alzaidi

Freddy Caro Diaz

Jordan Fazio Nagy

Kazi Mehzabeen

John Baxter-Lindsay

James Truong

Aaron Gutteridge

Jordan Fazio-nagy
Timetable: MECH9400 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 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
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, SolidWorks Tutorials.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Skills in freehand sketching and drafting practices
2. Skills in written and graphical communication
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
3. Skills in working as individuals and in teams
(4) Design (Level 3)
4. Skills in idea generation methods
5. Skills in design analysis techniques and layout
6. Skills in design development and testing
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment A* No 5.00 Week 3 1,
2 Assignment B# or Warman Competition Yes 20.00 Week 6 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Quiz 1* No 15.00 Week 7 1, 2, 4, 5,
4 Assignment C# or Warman Competition Yes 25.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Quiz 2* No 15.00 Week 13 2, 4, 5, 6,
6 Assignment D# No 20.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

# indicates an assessment task which may be assessed at a later date if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Assignment A: Freehand sketch to be completed during the allocated practical session.

Assignment B or Warman Competition: Design and Creativity Assignment incorporating Design Creativity, Applied Forces and Stress Analysis. The assignment is to be submitted as a report.

Quiz 1: Comprised of; 1. An online multiple-choice component and 2. a closed book, analysis based quiz focused on the material presented on the Lectures and Tutorials from Weeks 1 to 6.

Assignment C or Warman Competition: Mechanical Design: Design and Build Exercise. Assignment component may be submitted as a report or video format for WARMAN attempts.

Quiz 2: Comprised of; 1. An online multiple-choice component and 2. a closed book, analysis based quiz focused on the material presented on the Lectures and Tutorials from Weeks 6 to 13.

Assignment D: Mechanical Design: Power Transmission Analysis. The assignment is submitted as a combined report and spreadsheet.
Assessment Feedback: Assessment feedback is provided by;

1. In written form with the returned assessment by the Tutor.

2. In verbal form during the lectures after the assessment has been handed back by the Unit of Study Coordinator.

3. In-person when needed by the Unit of Study Coordinator.
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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: The prescribed texts may be substituted by;

1. A good Engineering Drawing text that focuses its content on AS1100.

2. A good introductory text on Mechanical Design that broadly covers the the topics noted in the teaching schedule.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Free Hand Sketching, Orthogonal Projections
Week 2 Detail and Assembly Drawing Requirements to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201
Week 3 Tolerancing - Dimensional and Geometric
Assessment Due: Assignment A*
Week 4 Specifications + Drawing Analysis
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Week 5 Design and Creativity, Applied Stress - Beams
Week 6 Design of Bolted Connections - Structural to AS4100
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Assessment Due: Assignment B# or Warman Competition
Week 7 Bearings - Plain + Rolling Element
Assessment Due: Quiz 1*
Week 8 Spring Design to BS EN 13906-1
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Week 9 Springs + Power Transmission - Geometry of Gears
Week 10 Power Transmission - Gear Trains + Design of Rotating Steel Shafts to AS1403 + Revision
Week 11 Power Transmission - Keys and Shrink Fits + Couplings
Assessment Due: Assignment C# or Warman Competition
Week 12 Power Transmission - Flat Belt Drives + V Belt Drives
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Week 13 Power Transmission - Tooth Belt Drives + Engineering Analysis + Revision
Assessment Due: Quiz 2*
Assessment Due: Assignment D#

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) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 34.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 14%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 51.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.