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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).
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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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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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|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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|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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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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|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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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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|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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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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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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|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 Practice and CommunicationCore||12.5|
Engineering Practice and Communication
This subject introduces the nature of engineering work, at the heart of which is communication and problem solving using set criteria.
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|Creating Innovative EngineeringCore||12.5|
Creating Innovative Engineering
The aim of this subject is to give participants both practical experience in, and theoretical insights into, elements of engineering innovation. The subject is intense, challenging, experiential and requires significant self-direction. Participants will work on an innovation project sponsored by a local organisation. A key theme is that the individual cannot be separated from the technical processes of engineering innovation. The impact of both individual and team contributions to the engineering and innovation processes will be examined in the context of real world challenges. All project sponsors will require that students maintain the confidentiality of their proprietary information. ...
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|Mechanical Capstone Project (year long)Capstone||25|
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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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 cycles; Heat transfer - conduction, convection, radiation and heat exchangers.
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|Economic Analysis for EngineersElective||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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|Advanced Fluid DynamicsElective||12.5|
Advanced Fluid Dynamics
The study of fluid dynamics is one of the fundamental disciplines in Mechanical Engineering. In the first part of the course, students will learn about boundary-layer theory, which is a key element of aerodynamic design. A guest-lecture series on wind engineering will build on this knowledge to give students a perspective on one of the most important forms of renewable energy in our society today. In the second part of the course, students will learn about data acquisition and analysis. These skills are required of engineers working with the technology of today and into the future. The course will help students understand the costs, difficulties and possibilities afforded by sensor system...
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AIMS This subject involves students undertaking professional work experience at a Host Organisation’s premises. Students will work under the supervision of both a member of academic staff and an external supervisor at the Host Organisation. During the period of work experience, students will be introduced to workplace culture and be offered the opportunity to strengthen their employability. Students will undertake seminars covering topics that will include professional standards of behaviour and ethical conduct, working in teams, time management and workplace networking.
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|Advanced Solid MechanicsElective||12.5|
Advanced Solid Mechanics
This course will expand on the basic principles established previously in Solid Mechanics. Methods of three-dimensional stress and strain analysis will be extended to allow the student to obtain solutions using analytical and/or numerical methods. These will include the analyses of principal stresses and strains, three dimensional Mohr’s circles, strain gauge experimentation and failure criteria. In addition, this unit will focus on plastic deformation of solids, including the analysis of residual stresses and the collapse load of structures. The responses of materials to fatigue and fracture, as well as their creep and viscoelastic behaviour, will also be explored. Finally, this unit wil...
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|Group 2 Electives (select 12.5 points across Semesters 1 and 2)||Points|
|Computational Fluid DynamicsElective||12.5|
Computational Fluid Dynamics
This subject provides presents fundamental numerical techniques relevant to the simulation of fluid flow and heat/mass transfer. It will give students an understanding of common numerical methods operating “under the hood” in Computational Fluid Dynamics software, and will provide students with an introductory basis for writing computer code to implement such numerical procedures. INDICATIVE CONTENT Ordinary Differential Equations: explicit and implicit methods, stability, systems of ODEs, boundary value problems, MATLAB. Partial Differential Equations: overview, types of equations, boundary conditions, convection-diffusion equations, differencing schemes, finite volume method, stabilit...
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|Introduction to Energy SystemsElective||12.5|
Introduction to Energy Systems
This subject provides a general introduction to the many issues that need to be considered when examining the global energy system. These include - A brief history of different forms of energy and energy technologiesThe historical relationship between energy use and industrialisationThe social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of different forms of energy and energy technologyAn introduction to energy resources and resource economicsA brief review of the costs of different forms of energyHistorical, current and projected energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutant emissionsOpportunities for greenhouse gas mitigation.
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|Advanced Motion ControlElective||12.5|
Advanced Motion Control
This subject is intended to give students an overview of the present state-of-the-art in industrial motion control and the likely future trends in control design. Students will be exposed to and have practical experience in the design and implementation of advanced controllers for various motion control problems. Advanced modelling and control topics will include system identification, modelling and compensation of friction and other disturbances, industrial servo loops, model-based and model-free controller design, and adaptive control. Applications will be drawn from industrial, medical and transport automation (eg robots, machine tools, production machines, laboratory automation, autom...
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|Soft Tissue and Cellular BiomechanicsElective||12.5|
Soft Tissue and Cellular Biomechanics
This subject aims to develop students’ knowledge and capabilities in experimental and computational biomechanics of cells and soft-tissues. Students will apply fundamental mathematical theory of nonlinear continuum mechanics and computational approaches to solve stress-equilibrium equations. Students will learn fundamentals in cell signalling and how cell- and sub-cellular-level processes affect cell and tissue mechanical properties. These concepts will be put to practice in project-based and examination assessments. INDICATIVE CONTENT Nonlinear continuum mechanics theoryComputational techniques for solving nonlinear mechanics problemsSoft-tissue mechanical propertiesCytoskeletal networks...
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|Quality and ReliabilityElective||12.5|
Quality and Reliability
This subject aims to equip graduates with the insights, knowledge and skills necessary for providing professional engineering input into quality management programmes and maintenance facilities in a range of business environments.
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|Robotics and Automation SystemsElective||12.5|
Robotics and Automation Systems
The subject aims to introduce the students to the automation technologies, specifically: robotics and process automation. The use of robots and automated systems in carrying out various tasks will be discussed and the fundamental computational techniques associated with the operation of a robotic manipulator and a general automated system will be introduced. The subject will familiarise the students with the roles, strengths, and capabilities of robotics and automation technologies, as well as how to achieve the said capabilities. INDICATIVE CONTENTRobotics (18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials): manipulator kinematics, including inverse and direct kinematics, manipulator velo...
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|Group 1 Electives (select 50 points across Semesters 1 and 2)||Points|
|Advanced Control SystemsElective||12.5|
Advanced Control Systems
This subject provides an introduction to modern control theory with a particular focus on state-space methods and optimal control. The role of feedback in control will be reinforced within this context, alongside the role of optimisation techniques in control system synthesis. This subject is a core requirement in the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).
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This subject focuses on advanced materials and their engineering applications. Selected metallic, ceramic and polymer materials and their composites are analysed in the context of applications. When relevant, the topics will be reinforced by introducing the latest development in research.The selected advanced materials may include light alloys, ferrous alloys, superalloys, intermetallic alloys, ultrafine and nano structured alloys, amorphous alloys, metal matrix composites, structural and functional ceramics, and/or structural and functional polymers.Students may be required to study engineering cases or research papers and/or conducting experiments in a laboratory. INDICATIVE CONTENTTh...
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This subject continues from Dynamics to deepen the students’ understanding of Engineering Mechanics, specifically focusing on Analytical Mechanics: Kinematics and Generalised Coordinates.Virtual Work and Virtual Displacement, Generalised Force.Energies: Kinetic, Potential.Lagrange approach: dealing with constraints.Lagrange’s Approach to obtaining equation of motion.Comparison to Newton-Euler Approach.Hamiltonian Mechanics.Linearisation of system dynamics about equilibrium points (system stability about equilibrium points.
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This subject is an introduction to combustion theory and applications. In the first part we discuss combustion fundamentals, including thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, conservation equations, and application of these principles to solve simple flames and reacting flows. In the second part we discuss combustion engines and the combustion phenomena in spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines.
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This subject involves students undertaking professional work experience at a Host Organisation’s premises. Students will work under the supervision of both a member of academic staff and an external supervisor at the Host Organisation. During the period of work experience, students will be introduced to workplace culture and be offered the opportunity to strengthen their employability. Students will undertake seminars covering topics that will include professional standards of behaviour and ethical conduct, working in teams, time management and workplace networking.
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|Group 2 Electives (select 12.5 points across Semesters 1 and 2)||Points|
In this subject students should gain an understanding of the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, and sensory systems of the human body. Students should also be able to formulate simple, integrative models of the human neuromusculoskeletal system; and to use computational models of the human body to analyse muscle function during activities like standing, walking, running and jumping.
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The aim of this subject is to examine the nature of entrepreneurial behaviour and its role in both small and large organisations within an engineering context. By developing their own enterprise proposal within small groups, students will learn various processes by which successful new ventures are created. This subject is available as an elective in many of the Melbourne School of Engineering's Masters programs. It is designed to introduce participants to their potential as technical entrepreneurs. INDICATIVE CONTENT Business planning, financial management, sources of finance, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial behaviour, successful technical entrepreneurs.
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|Applied High Performance ComputingElective||12.5|
Applied High Performance Computing
With the ever increasing power of modern computers, the use of computer simulation is becoming more common in engineering practice. This course will introduce topics in high performance computing through a number of applications in science and engineering, including problems in linear algebra, partial differential equations (e.g. computational fluid dynamics), molecular dynamics, and agent based modelling. These applications will necessitate the inclusion of some theory regarding numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations (e.g. finite difference and finite element methods), but the key focus of the course will be on how large scale problems can be decomposed onto su...
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|Building Information ModelingElective||12.5|
Building Information Modeling
In the past few years, the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has observed the evolution of simple 2D drafting programs into integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) based on 3D spatial technologies. In this subject, students will learn how BIM is used to model, store and visualise architectural, structural, and facilities components of an infrastructure in 3D. Students will also learn how adding time and cost information to BIM allows AEC to foster collaboration in designing infrastructures, minimize the risk of construction errors and optimise the maintenance of them. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in civil e...
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|Transport System ModellingElective||12.5|
Transport System Modelling
In undergraduate subjects, students are exposed to some engineering features of transport and traffic engineering. However, these do not fully provide the requisite knowledge and skills for understanding the modelling and planning aspects of transport system engineering. These competencies are of highest importance for those interested in a career in transport engineering. In this subject, students will be provided with the fundamental concept of four-step modelling in depth, including trip generation/attraction, trip distribution, modal split and traffic assignment. The contemporary topics of transport modelling such as choice modelling, car-ownership and uncertainty modelling in the con...
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This subject deals with principles of sensing, sensor networking and multiple sensor data fusion. It provides an appreciation of challenges in designing and implementing wired and wireless sensor based solutions in a range of applications.
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|Metocean Engineering (July)Elective||12.5|
Metocean Engineering (July)
The subject examines in-depth the observation, analysis and prediction of wind-generated waves in the open ocean, in shelf seas, and in coastal regions. It also provides an introduction to wave and hydrodynamics modelling as a support for engineering applications. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of problems by combining cutting-edge research in Maritime and Coastal Engineering and industry applications. The subject will provide students with a solid grounding in wave physics that is essential to evaluate the environmental impact on design and operation of marine structures. Topics include: Linear wave theory;Second-order wave theoryWave Spectrum;Tides;Wave Measurements;Near-shor...
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