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AMME3060: Engineering Methods

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit will address the use of state of the art engineering software packages for the solution of advanced problems in engineering. We will cover the solution of partial differential equations in heat transfer; fluids, both inviscid and viscous, and solids. While some analytical methods will be considered, the primary focus of the course will be on the use of numerical solution methods, including finite difference, finite element, finite volume and discrete element methods. Commercial engineering packages will be introduced with particular attention given to the development of standards for the accuracy.

Unit details and rules

Unit code AMME3060
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AMME2000 OR MATH2067 OR (MATH2061 AND MATH2065) OR MATH2021
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Nicholas Williamson,
Lecturer(s) Nicholas Williamson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final Exam
An exam mark of 50% is required to pass this course. Type C exam.
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Participation Laboratory
Held on Weeks 2,4, 5,7,10 and week 11 or 12 (depending on group)
6% Multiple weeks Each laboratory is 2hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment 1
Written report, written calculations, Matlab Code and data files.
12% Week 05
Due date: 25 Sep 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 25 Sep 2020
This should take approximately 10hrs.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Online quiz, calculations and analysis. Long answer.
10% Week 07
Due date: 14 Oct 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 14 Oct 2020
1hr, During Wednesday Lecture, 9am-10am
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Assignment 2
Written report, written calculations, Matlab Code and data files.
12% Week 10
Due date: 06 Nov 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 06 Nov 2020
This should take approximately 10hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Online quiz, calculations and analysis. Long answer.
10% Week 11
Due date: 04 Nov 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 04 Nov 2020
1hr, During Wednesday Lecture, 9am-10am
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

Assessment summary

Details given in Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a 5% penalty per day. After 10days a mark of 0 will be given.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Pre-semester 1. Approximate methods; 2. The heat equation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 01 1. Weighted residuals; 2. FEM: Galerkin Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 1. Quadratic Elements; 2. FEM: Galerkin Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 FEM: 2D Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 1. Mesh generation; 2. Mesh generation 2 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 1. Accuracy: Finite volume method; 2. Finite difference method Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 1. Direct solvers; 2. Iterative solvers Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Unsteady methods Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 1. Unsteady FEM; 2. Unsteady methods Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 1. Numerical stability 1; 2. Numerical stability 2 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 1. Computational fluid dynamics (advection schemes); 2. Discrete element method Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 1. Non-linear solvers; Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 1. Non-linear solvers; 2. Engineering standards for computational analysis Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Independent Study: Approximately 5 hours per week of independent study outside of scheduled hours are required to complete the course assessments.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. present numerical solutions and describe accuracy of those solutions
  • LO2. work with engineering standards in this area
  • LO3. define and solve engineering problems
  • LO4. write computer code to solve complex problems in engineering using finite-difference and finite-element methods
  • LO5. use state of the art commercial engineering software packages, such as ANSYS/FLUENT/CFX
  • LO6. understand stability, accuracy, and convergence.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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Modifications to lectures to record short lecture movies to enable flipped classroom style of lectures.


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