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The subject introduces students to the conceptual engineering design process, with an associated emphasis on realising autonomous mechanical systems. This includes clarifying the problem, ideation, concept evaluation, embodiment and prototyping. The design process incorporates concept evaluation against associated environmental, socio-economic and human factors, and safety.
In addition, to support the design of autonomous mechanical systems, the subject will cover how machines work including basics on relevant mechanical and electro-mechanical machine elements.
Intended learning outcomes
Having completed this subject, the student should be able to:
- Describe engineering design methods that can assist the creation of mechanical systems and artefacts;
- Construct well-reasoned engineering requirements for a given problem or need;
- Apply the key concepts in designing and selecting basic machine elements.
- Apply the key concepts in the integration of motors, sensors and independent control to achieve autonomous mechanical / physical systems;
- Manage relatively complex engineering design projects.
- The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals.
- The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution.
- The capacity for creativity and innovation.
- The ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance.
- Proficiency in engineering design.
- The ability to conduct an engineering project
Last updated: 30 November 2023