This is a sample course plan and not a guide for enrolment. See the handbook entry to plan your enrolment.
The first year (or part thereof) is only required for students entering from non-Mechanical Engineering backgrounds. Applicants with 100 points of credit and graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year (Semester 3).
For further information on course structures, subjects and electives:
300 point program
The aim of this subject is to provide an introduction to modelling the stresses and deformations that occur when axial, torsional and flexural loads are applied to a body in static equilibrium, as well as the translational and rotational motions that eventuate in a body subject to different load applications. This material will be complemented with laboratory and project based approaches to learning. The subject provides the basis for all the mechanical engineering subjects that follow. The calculations introduced in this subject are the most common type of calculations performed by professional mechanical engineers in all sectors of the industry. INDICATIVE CONTENTTopics to be covered in...
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This subject introduces important mathematical methods required in engineering such as manipulating vector differential operators, computing multiple integrals and using integral theorems. A range of ordinary and partial differential equations are solved by a variety of methods and their solution behaviour is interpreted. The subject also introduces sequences and series including the concepts of convergence and divergence. Topics include: Vector calculus, including Gauss’ and Stokes’ Theorems; sequences and series; Fourier series, Laplace transforms; systems of homogeneous ordinary differential equations, including phase plane and linearization for nonlinear systems; second order partia...
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|Mechanics & MaterialsCore||12.5|
Mechanics & Materials
This subject consists of three distinct and fundamentally related topics - An introduction to the fundamentals of materials science will be given on atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures and defects, elastic and plastic deformation, dislocations and strengthening and failured (fast fracture, fatigue and creep) The mechanics of materials section will extend the concepts of material mechanical behaviour by detailing elastic/inelastic behaviour and introducing the concepts of stress and strain analysis. Topics covered may include the definition of principal stresses, plane stress, plane strain, two-dimensional stress and strain analysis, torsion, pure bending, transverse loading, ...
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|Mechanical Engineering ElectiveElective||12.5|
Mechanical Engineering Elective
See handbook for elective choices.
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|Foundations of Electrical NetworksCore||12.5|
Foundations of Electrical Networks
The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of fundamental modelling techniques for the analysis of systems that involve electrical phenomena. This includes networks models of “flow-drop” one-port elements in steady state (DC and AC), electrical power systems, simple RC and RL transient analysis, and basic functional models for digital systems consisting of combinational logic. This subject is a core pre-requisite for the four subjects that define the Electrical Systems Major in the Bachelor of Science. The subject is also a core requirement for the Master of Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronics).INDICATIVE CONTENT Topics include: Electrical phenomena – charge,...
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|Systems Modelling and AnalysisCore||12.5|
Systems Modelling and Analysis
This subject will cover the modelling of a range of physical systems across multiple domains as ordinary differential equations, and then introduce the mathematical techniques to analyse their open loop behaviour. Topics include: Development of low order models of a range of electrical, thermal, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic dynamic systemsDifferent representations of these systems (time and, frequency domains) and transformations between them (Laplace, Fourier and Z-transforms)Representations of systems – transfer functions, Bode plots, state space, block diagrams, etcIdentification of linear time invariant systems (least squares identification)Relation to time domain properties of...
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Topics covered include: general approach to design problems; invention, analysis, decision making; terminologies such as ‘goal’, ‘objectives’, ‘criteria’ and ‘constraints’; strategies for synthesis and decision making; technical, ergonomic and economic factors; appraisal of benefit and cost; fault and failure analysis; probability, uncertainty, and assessment of risk; and interfacing geometric and mathematical models, sensitivity analyses, combinatorial search, structured approaches to material selection; failure modes for engineering systems, failure predictors for engineering components under multi-axial stress conditions; rational assessment of safety factors and maximum credible accid...
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|Thermodynamics and Fluid MechanicsCore||12.5|
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
This course is an introduction to basic principles of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. These two subjects are introduced together in a single course, reflecting the large degree of cross-over in applications and basic first principles between the two subjects. Fluid mechanics is a very important core subject, influencing a diverse range of engineering systems (aircraft, ships, road vehicle design, air conditioning, energy conversion, wind turbines, hydroelectric schemes to name but a few) and also impacts on many biological (blood flow, bird flight etc) and even meteorological studies. As engineers, we are typically concerned with predicting the force required to move a body through a ...
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|Design for ManufactureCore||12.5|
Design for Manufacture
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 ...
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This subject introduces the concept of microstructure and explores its relationship with processing and properties in the context of basic types of engineering materials and their applications. Topics covered include: diffusion, phase equilibrium and diagrams, phase transformation, metallic alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, surface and other selected non-mechanical properties.
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There are 2 related, major topics of study in this subject. Each of these topics will analyse aspects of important thermodynamic devices and will then be integrated to analyse their combined effects in selected devices: Cycle analysis: gas turbines, refrigeration and steam cyclesHeat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation and heat exchangers
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|The World of Engineering ManagementCore||12.5|
The World of Engineering Management
This subject examines the structure and basic building blocks of high performing organisations from a senior management perspective. It covers tools and techniques to conduct both an analysis of the external environment and the strategies to align the appropriate internal skills and capabilities.
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|Marketing Management for EngineersCore||12.5|
Marketing Management for Engineers
This subject prepares graduate engineers to practice basic marketing in the engineering profession where there is a mutual need and reliance upon their training and skills in both engineering and marketing to satisfy the needs, wants and demands of the market, internally within the organisation, and through the entire supply chain.
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|Design for IntegrationCore||12.5|
Design for Integration
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.
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This course will build on the fundamental theories defined previously in Mechanics & Materials. Two principal theories in the determination of stress within a structure are energy methods and three-dimensional analysis.
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|Engineering Contracts and ProcurementCore||12.5|
Engineering Contracts and Procurement
In this subject students will learn how to structure and work with engineering contracts to deliver and procure engineering outcomes. Students will develop a working knowledge of contract administration and gain an understanding of commercial out workings of engineering. All engineers interface commercially with engineering contracts throughout their careers and thus the application of the subject content is broad. Those seeking to work as a contractor and as a contract administrator will find direct application of this subject’s content. INDICATIVE CONTENTCommercial management of engineering projects including the role and responsibilities of corporate managers, market analysis, structur...
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|Mechanical Capstone Project (year long)Capstone||12.5|
Mechanical Capstone Project (year long)
The subject involves undertaking a substantial project requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering design or research. Students will present their findings in both professional exhibition and conference podium presentation formats. The emphasis of the project can be associated with either: A well-defined project description, often based on a task required by an external, industrial client. Students will be tutored in the synthesis of practical solutions to complex technical problems within a structured working environment, as if they were professional engineering practitioners; orA project description that will require an explorative approach, where...
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This subject continues from Engineering Mechanics to deepen the understanding of (momentum-based) Newtonian Mechanics. It focuses on the study of the motion of rigid bodies in 3D space in kinematics, kinetics and finally the Newton Euler approach of obtaining the equation of motion as well as collision of rigid bodies. Extension to multi-body systems is introduced in each concept. System analysis is introduced by focusing on a case study of gyroscopic motion. Kinematics of rigid bodies: Non inertial coordinate systemsRotation representationAngular velocity and acceleration in non-inertial frameConstraints. Rigid Body Kinetics Kinetics of rigid bodies:Inertia tensor, principle axisParallel...
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|Economic Analysis for EngineersCore||12.5|
Economic Analysis for Engineers
This subject seeks to - Build a thorough understanding of the theoretical and conceptual basis upon which the practice of financial project analysis is built and its application to engineeringSatisfy the practical needs of the engineering manager toward making informed financial decisions when involved in an engineering projectIncorporate critical decision-making tools that engineering managers can bring to the task of making informed financial decisions.
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This subject provides an introduction to automatic control systems, with an emphasis on classical techniques for the analysis and design of feedback interconnections. The main challenge in automatic control is to achieve desired performance in the presence of uncertainty about the system dynamics and the operating environment. Feedback control is one way to deal with modelling uncertainty in the design of engineering systems. This subject is a core requirement in the Master of Engineering (Electrical, Electrical with Business, Mechanical, Mechanical with Business and Mechatronics). INDICATIVE CONTENT Topics include: * Modelling for control, linearization, relationships between time and fr...
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This subject builds upon previous fluids subjects, providing students with the basic skills necessary to calculate fluid flows around bodies. Broadly speaking the subject is divided into two units; Unit 1: potential flow and Unit 2: compressible flow. These could equally be described as subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics respectively. Fluid flows have broad reaching applications in many engineering systems and examples as broad as building ventilation, mixing, as well as meteorological applications are considered in unit 1. The supersonic course is more firmly concentrated on aeronautical / astronautical applications. Both units will start from the basic equations of motion governing fl...
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|Strategy Execution for EngineersCore||12.5|
Strategy Execution for Engineers
This subject emphasises the critical nature of Operations Management as an essential part of a competent engineer’s portfolio of knowledge and skills.
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Many engineering disciplines make use of numerical solutions to computational problems. In this subject students will be introduced to the key elements of programming in a high level language, and will then use that skill to explore methods for solving numerical problems in a range of discipline areas.
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