This unit of study aims to have you build upon innovative idea generation, problem solving and visualisation skills with the practical implementation of engineering studies such as Thermodynamics 1 and Machine Design. This unit will use industry related projects to further develop design skills and application of engineering knowledge such as Design for Manufacture and Finite Element Analysis where applicable.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Analyze designs in relation to the social, ecological and political implications and responsibilities of the designer (A1, A3, A5, K5, K6)
  • Use the engineering sciences of Thermodynamics 1 and Machine Design in project problem solving (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S3)
  • Apply engineering methodology to determine effective/efficient design outcomes using appropriate engineering specifications and processes, applying knowledge of Design for Manufacture and Finite Element Analysis as a part of the Design process, for both low and high volume production processes (S1, S2, S3, S4)
  • Use 3D CAD modeling skills and develop methods of engineering drawing and documentation to a professional level (Australian standards AS1100) (A2, A4)
  • Work individually and as a team member applying effective project management skills . (A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Specialist ModuleIndividual 30 - 40% 3,4 
Studio ProjectIndividual/Group 60 - 70% 1,2,3,4,5 


This unit is comprised of two delivery modes as follows:

Design Studio:

  • Thermodynamics 1 and Machine Design
  • Research techniques required for product designers
  • Engineering specifications of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Utilization of 3D CAD in product detailing and specifications
  • Research and implementation of ergonomic data


Specialist Module:

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Plastic Part Design

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.