MECH ENG 3027 - Engineering Systems Design & Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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This course will show how to apply a systems engineering approach to all of the elements of an engineering project. Systems engineering will be demonstrated to incorporate: the consideration of the various stages of design (which include problem identification, concept generation, concept selection and design embodiment); the fundamentals of good design practice (including aesthetics, ergonomics and safety); and effective team work, resource allocation, scheduling and project management. An essential aspect of engineering design is effective graphical and written communication. Therefore the course provides graphical, written and spoken language development in the context of academic and professional engineering. The students will produce a complete set of manufacturing drawings as a team exercise, and develop their written skills by producing a research paper and a comprehensive engineering report.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 3027
    Course Engineering Systems Design & Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 1006, MECH ENG 2100
    Restrictions Available to BE(Mechanical), BE(Mechatronic), BE (Mechanical & Aerospace), BE(Mechanical & Automotive), BE (Mechanical & Sports) BE(Mechanical & Sustainable Energy), BE(Computational) and associated double and combined degree students only
    Course Description This course will show how to apply a systems engineering approach to all of the elements of an engineering project. Systems engineering will be demonstrated to incorporate: the consideration of the various stages of design (which include problem identification, concept generation, concept selection and design embodiment); the fundamentals of good design practice (including aesthetics, ergonomics and safety); and effective team work, resource allocation, scheduling and project management. An essential aspect of engineering design is effective graphical and written communication. Therefore the course provides graphical, written and spoken language development in the context of academic and professional engineering. The students will produce a complete set of manufacturing drawings as a team exercise, and develop their written skills by producing a research paper and a comprehensive engineering report.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Colin Kestell

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Professional communication is an essential part of the engineering design practice. Students will therefore develop:

    1. Written,
    2. Graphical and
    3. Oral communication skills.

    These will be used to demonstrate their creative problem solving abilities as individuals and as part of an engineering team.

    Students will also learn more about:

    4. Engineering design processes
    5. Systems engineering and
    6. How systems engineering encapsulates all of the aspects of design.

    Once the course has been completed, students will be more effective as engineers and will be able to write appropriate academic and professional engineering texts, as well as demonstrate skills of effective communication in writing and seminar presentations relevant to their engineering program and professional careers.

    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students will require access to a computer and an active user account in the Engineering Computer Aided Teaching Suite (CATS). Furthermore, students will need familairity with CAD to the level of MECHENG1006 (at a minimum) and be expected to build upon this using AutoDesk Inventor and Creo Parametrics. Both software packages are available in the University CATS suites, and both are available for students to download from the software provider sites for free. Further information on this can be found on MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    While online material will be provided to supplement lessons learnt in person, and to provide a safety net when lectures are occasionally missed, this course requires campus attendance. There is a strong  team focus in this course, and on-campus activities are designed to
    foster this.  The course will comprise:
    • Face to face lectures,
    • Demonstrations,
    • Video lectures,
    • Examples and
    • Team workshops


    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course comprises two integrated Engineering Systems Design and Communication. In both areas students will be expected to regularly use and refer to the online teaching resource, MyUni. In addition to this resource there will also be:

    • 12 x 1 hour design lecture per week
    • 12 x 2 hour design tutorials per week
    • 12 x 2 hour communication lecture / workshops
    Learning Activities Summary
    • Engineering Systems Design (12 lectures - 50%)

    • Communication (12 lectures - 50%)

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    A number of assignments will assess the student’s written, graphical and oral communication skills. A group project will determine how well students can combine these skills, combined with their knowledge of engineering and design. The assignments comprise:

    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Comms. assignment #1 Individual Short Discussion Paper

    Set week 1,
    due – week 6

    10 1-6
    Comms. assignment #2 Individual Preliminary Oral Set week 1,
    due – week 6&7
    5 1-6
    Comms. assignment #3 Individual Discussion Paper Set week 7,
    due week 12
    15 1-6
    Comms. assignment #4 Individual Formal Presentation (includes a requirement to attend level 4 seminars) Set week 7,
    due weeks 11, 12 &13
    10 1-6
    Comms. assignment #5 Group Report* - quality of communication Set week 1,
    due week 12
    (optional formative feedback for drafts submitted by week 6)
    10 1-6
    Design assignment #1 Individual Concept Evolution Set week 1,
    due – week 6
    10 1-6
    Design assignment #2 Individual Engineering Drawing Set week 1,
    due week 10
    10 1-6
    Design assignment #3 Group Report* – Manufacturing Drawings Set week 1,
    due week 12
    (optional formative feedback for drafts submitted by week 6)
    20 1-6
    Design assignment #4 Group Report* – Evolution of Design Set week 1,
    due week 12
    (optional formative feedback for drafts submitted by week 6)
    10 1-6

    *NOTE: the Group elements are subject to peer evaluation. Team members will be empowered to redistribute these marks according to perceived contributions to the project.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must perform to the satisfaction of the course coordinator and tutor to pass the assignments and hence the course (refer section 5.5). There is zero tolerance for plagiarism.

    Assessment Detail

    So that assignments remain relevant and topical, and so that students do not commence them prior to the set date, their specific details will be provided via MyUni on the dates indicated in the above table. There will be sufficient scope within the assignment criteria to ensure originality. There is zero tolerance for copying and students are advised to read the University policy on plagiarism in order to understand the severe consequences of such actions.

    Submission

    All assignments must be submitted on-line via MyUni, where specific instructions shall be provided. Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation must be made in writing. Assignments will be assessed and returned 2 weeks after the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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