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Design for Integration (MCEN90013)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90013
Semester 2
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As a result of satisfactorily participating in this subject, students should be able to undertake design tasks at an intermediate level, considering performance under uncertain system integrity due to fatigue and wear, and have the ability to design or select suitable ameliorating solutions.


Topics covered in this subject may include: general concepts of function, integrity, value, quality, efficient use of resources in the synthesis of solutions to design problems; specific mechanical elements such as gears and other common means of power transmission, and their design; development of understanding, in the engineering paradigm, of general concepts such as: function, integrity, value, quality, the efficient use of resources in the synthesis of solutions to design problems.

Students will also be exposed to -

  • Design for fatigue: characteristics of fatigue fracture, two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) stress conditions
  • Management of the design process: initial appreciation, information flows and networks, characteristics of manufacturing processes affecting product design
  • Cumulative damage hypothesis
  • The Weibull distribution
  • Design for wear: surface phenomena and tribology; its application to bearings and seals
  • Quantitative measures of reliability.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

EPH is a mandatory requirement for completing the Master of Engineering.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to have the skills to:

  1. Provide in-depth explanation of and apply the concepts and methods of designing for system and component integrity under conditions of fatigue and wear
  2. Apply information-based techniques for the management of engineering design
  3. List, explain, evaluate and modify the function of the major components of manufacturing systems and how they interact with engineering design and clients
  4. Analyse the efficiency of some basic productive systems
  5. Describe in detail information-based techniques for the management of engineering design.

Generic skills

On completion of this unit, should have:

  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • The ability to use a system based approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • The ability to conduct an engineering project
  • The ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • The ability to manage information and documentation
  • The ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Last updated: 3 April 2019