1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ ENGR1711 - Engineering Design
1a ENGR8711 - Engineering Design GE
2 4 of ENGR2752, ENGR3711, ENGR3751, ENGR2751, ENGR2771, ENGR3712, ENGR9721, ENGR9811, ENGR8801, PHYS2712
3 Admission into MEMT-Master of Engineering (Materials)
3a Admission into MEMC-Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a) and 2) or ((3 or 3a)))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR4811 has been successfully completed
Topic description

Design methodologies for complex and ill-defined mechanical engineering problems; identifying client needs and gathering information; assessment and evaluation of engineering designs; developing design specifications; project management and documentation; teamwork, leadership and mentoring; self-reflection, creativity and innovation.

Educational aims

This topic aims to develop in students an advanced and practical understanding of mechanical design, through studying and applying:

  • Methodologies for developing solutions to complex and ill-defined mechanical engineering design problems
  • The integration of theory and methods across the range of mechanical engineering subjects
  • The assessment and evaluation of engineering designs
  • Techniques for determining design specifications from clients, eg the social, political, international, economic and environmental context of a problem as well as the technical requirements
  • Project management and documentation methods and tools in the mechanical engineering context, eg ISO9001
  • The variety of roles in mechanical engineering design groups, eg teamwork, leadership and mentoring
  • Creativity, innovation and self-reflection
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of mechanical design
  2. Develop creative and innovative solutions to complex mechanical engineering design problems
  3. Demonstrate communication and teamwork skills appropriate for a professional engineer
  4. Use project management and documentation methods and tools

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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