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Unit of study_

MECH1560: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Objectives: a) To develop an understanding of the role of Mechanical Engineers and the core concepts within the discipline. b) To understand the content of the degree structure and how the subjects are applied. c) To develop an understanding of a range of machining and manufacturing processes required to make mechanical components. Introductory Mechanical Engineering (60%): The subject introduces the core mechanical engineering concepts of design and mechanisms, intelligent systems, applied materials and fluid machinery. An overview is provided of the range of roles and the skills and knowledge required of a Mechanical Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the subjects in the degree program and how they are applied by practicing engineers. Manufacturing Technology (40%): An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of aerospace components is provided through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Welding - an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate mechanical engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code MECH1560
Unit name Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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AERO1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Paul Briozzo, paul.briozzo@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills based evaluation Workshop skills
Workshop skill development
40% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Assignment Statics & Dynamics
12% Week 07
Due date: 10 Apr 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Materials
6% Week 08
Due date: 24 Apr 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Manufacturing
6% Week 09
Due date: 01 May 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Fluid Mechanics 1 & 2
12% Week 11
Due date: 15 May 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO7
Assignment Graphics - Detail & Assembly Drawings
12% Week 13
Due date: 29 May 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO8 LO7
Assignment Thermodynamics 1 & 2
12% Week 13
Due date: 29 May 2020
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO7
  • Workshop skills: will test your ability to work appropriately and safely with hand tools, machining, welding, fibreglassing, solidworks and Arduino
  • Assignments: require you to integrate information from lectures and tutorials 
  • Quizzes: will test your understanding of material covered in the preceding half of the unit.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on 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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Wednesday: Introduction to course; Mr. Paul Briozzo Thursday: Introduction to Workshops; Prof. Steve Armfield (3 hr) LO7
Week 02 Wednesday: Graphics / Free Hand Sketching - Mr. Paul Briozzo Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Wednesday: Graphics / Detail Drawings - Mr. Paul Briozzo Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Wednesday: Creativity - Dr. Jasmine Araci (UTS) Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 05 Wednesday: Introduction to Statics - Dr. Abdulmalik Altaee Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO3 LO6
Week 06 Wednesday: Introduction to Dynamics - Dr. Abdulmalik Altaee Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO3 LO6
Week 07 Wednesday: Materials - Mr. Paul Briozzo (3 hr) LO6
Week 08 Wednesday: Manufacturing Engineering - Mr. Paul Briozzo Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO5
Week 09 Wednesday: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 1 - Prof. Steve Armfield Thursday: Workshop Session or Free Session (Check Timetable) (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Wednesday: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 2 - Prof. Steve Armfield Thursday: Workshop Session or Free Session (Check Timetable) (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Wednesday: Introduction to Thermodynamics 1 - A/Prof. Michael Kirkpatrick Thursday: Workshop Session or Free Session (Check Timetable) (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Wednesday: Introduction to Thermodynamics 2 - A/Prof. Michael Kirkpatrick Thursday: Free Session (3 hr) LO3
Week 13 Wednesday: Professional Engineering Practice - Mr. Rob Widders Thursday: (3 hr) LO2 LO6 LO7 LO8

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. Enhance oral communication skills by presenting in front of a group
  • LO2. Understand some of the fundamentals of machinery and equipment common to mechanical engineering by researching some common machines and machine components
  • LO3. Apply some introductory analysis techniques and problem solving methods by using basic statics, dynamics, and thermodynamics to analyse, size and design very simple machines
  • LO4. Develop basic skills in the use of manufacturing processes
  • LO5. Understand how a range of machining and manufacturing processes are used to make mechanical components and to have hands-on experience with some of them.
  • LO6. Obtain a broad knowledge of the types of sub-disciplines within mechanical engineering
  • LO7. Understand the role of a graduate mechanical engineer
  • LO8. Develop a high-level understanding of the course content and curriculum within the mechanical engineering degree

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
LO2
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.2. Tackling technically challenging problems from first principles.
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.5. Skills in the development and application of mathematical, physical and conceptual models, understanding of applicability and shortcomings.
LO3
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
5.1. An appreciation of the scientific method, the need for rigour and a sound theoretical basis.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2.1. Appropriate range and depth of learning in the technical domains comprising the field of practice informed by national and international benchmarks.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
2.2. Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
2.3. Meaningful engagement with current technical and professional practices and issues in the designated field.
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.6. An ability to function as an individual and as a team leader and member in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
LO7
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.7. A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development and appropriate professional attitudes.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
5.8. Skills in recognising unsuccessful outcomes, sources of error, diagnosis, fault-finding and re-engineering.
5.9. Skills in documenting results, analysing credibility of outcomes, critical reflection, developing robust conclusions, reporting outcomes.
LO8
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.7. A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development and appropriate professional attitudes.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
No significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered

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