MECH ENG 3027 - Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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 and Professional Practice
    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: Mr Eyad Hassan

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Critically read and analyse information
    2 Write Systems Engineering reports
    3 Prepare documentation and drawings suitable for manufacture
    4 Apply creative thinking and engineering design processes
    5 Apply Systems Engineering processes that encapsulates all areas of design
    6 Apply knowledge of working as an individual and as team;
    7 Present team seminars

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 4-7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5-7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4-7
  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Active Learning Assessments within lectures 20 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 4. 5. 6.
    1 Individual CAD Assignment 10 Individual Formative Week 5 3.
    Preliminary report, literature review and manufacturing drawings 10 Group/individual Formative Week 7 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    4th year Seminar Reflections 10 Individual Summative 1st week mid-semesterbreak 1. 4. 6. 7.
    Final Report 20 Group Summative Week 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    10 x on-line Systems Design tests 10 Individual Summative 1 after each lesson 1. 2. 4. 5.
    Peer & self review 10 Individual Summative Week 11 1. 6.
    Oral Presentation 10 Individual/group Summative Week 12 1. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
     
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i    1. a. iii    1. b. 3.   
     
    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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