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Design for Manufacture (MCEN90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90012
Semester 1
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This subject aims to equip students with the skills to undertake abstract and concrete design tasks at an intermediate level, taking into account the wider engineering environment and the ability to select suitable manufacturing processes to realise their designs. As a result, students will also be able to modify products and processes to improve their performance.

This subject will consider the design of machine elements and introduce the manufacturing processes to produce these elements. It will present concurrent design of systems and products; computer-based techniques for geometric modelling and materials selection. The impact of variability in manufacturing will be accounted for in approaches to uncertainty in design, including tolerance technology. It will provide project-based experience in the use of conceptual design techniques and in the management of larger open-ended, team-based design tasks.


  • Fundamentals of materials selection, shape efficient structures and Cambridge Materials Selector.
  • Design of springs, columns, pressure vessels, contact loading, bolted joints and pinned and welded joints.
  • Nature of quality in design, Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), tolerance technology, and design for manufacturing, assembly and disassembly.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. design simple engineering components for structural integrity;
  2. synthesize solutions to open-ended design problems;
  3. formulate a path for engineering solution of well-delineated problems to dealing with complex and/or vaguely defined design tasks;
  4. explain the concepts and methods of designing for quality, of managing variability and of integrating design with downstream manufacturing operations;
  5. have a fundamental awareness of practical manufacturing operations; turning, forming, casting and welding.

Generic skills

After completing this unit, students should have:

  • The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • The ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • The capacity for creativity and innovation.

Last updated: 9 May 2019