MODULE DETAILS

 

Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering DMEFME601

 

Nominal duration: 24 hours total time commitment

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers and introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of Mechanical Engineering. It starts with an introduction to the principles of mechanical drawings such as tolerances, symbols, sections and CAD. This is followed by a discussion on the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials, e.g.: stress and strain, fatigue, fracture, creep and corrosion. Practical fundamentals of mechanical design and manufacturing methods are also addressed.

MODULE PURPOSE

The purpose of the module is for participants to develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts applicable to mechanical engineering in order to provide them with the overall context for future modules and units.

MODIFICATION HISTORY

Original module approved in 2010 (52243); 2013 (52606WA); 2016 (52810WA).  This version: V4.0

PREREQUISITE AND/OR CO‑REQUISITE MODULES

 

Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

None

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

None

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1.    Outline basic concepts in mechanical engineering

2.    Outline basic concepts related to engineering materials

3.    Describe concepts and technologies related to mechanical design

4.    Identify the different manufacturing processes for mechanical components

1.     

LEARNING OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning.

Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.

1

Outline basic concepts in mechanical engineering

1.1

Interpret the basic characteristics of mechanical drawings and designs

1.2

Explain the concept of friction

1.3

Apply the concept of ‘limits and fits’ in mechanical systems

2

2.    Outline basic concepts related to engineering materials

2.1

Specify appropriate engineering materials on the basis of their properties

2.2

Explain various failure modes of engineering materials

3

Describe concepts and technologies related to mechanical design

3.1

Outline the basic mechanical design principles

3.2

Apply the basics of design for static strength using a ‘factor of safety’

3.3

Explain the concept of static equilibrium

3.4

Identify and explain appropriate applications of threaded fasteners, keys and rivets

3.5

Outline the basic principles of designing for static strength

3.6

Explain the basic characteristics of fatigue strength and failure

4

Identify the different manufacturing processes for mechanical components

4.1

Explain the basic concepts related to casting and heat treatment

4.2

Compare the basic principles of hot and cold working of metal

4.3

Outline the basics of press work and associated tooling

4.4

Explain the fundamental features of CNC and CAM

4.5

Analyse different machining and metal cutting operations

4.6

Outline the basic features of shaping, sawing and broaching

4.7

Compare the fundamental concepts of virtual and physical rapid prototyping

4.8

Explain 3D printing technologies as applied to mechanical engineering

DELIVERY MODE

 

Online and/or face-to-face

SPECIALISED RESOURCES

N/A

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.

 

CONDITIONS OF ASSESSMENT

 

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

 

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

 

Assessments will be open book assessment and may be completed off-campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

 

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

 

 

 

Software/Hardware Used

Software

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Hardware

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