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MECH9400: Mechanical Design 1

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

Aim: For students to experience a realistic the design process and to develop good engineering skills. Course Objectives: To develop an understanding of: 1. The need for and use of standard drawings in the communication and definition of parts and assemblies to AS1100. 2. Efficient use of a CAD package. 3. Creativity. 4. The design process from initial idea to finished product. 5. Methods used to analyse designs. 6. Appreciation and analysis of standard components. 7. An understanding of power transmission element

Unit details and rules

Unit code MECH9400
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

ENGG1801 AND (ENGG1802 or AMME1802). HSC Maths and HSC Physics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Paul Briozzo,
Lecturer(s) Paul Briozzo,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment A - Engineering Graphics and Tolerancing
Freehand Sketching, Detail / Assembly Drawing & Tolerancing
25% Week 05
Due date: 25 Sep 2020 at 23:00
12 Hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Assignment B - Component Analysis
Component Analysis
25% Week 08
Due date: 23 Oct 2020 at 23:00
12 Hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Assignment C - Design, Build and Test
Design, Build and Test
25% Week 11
Due date: 13 Nov 2020 at 23:00
20 Hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment D - Power Transmission Element Design
Power Transmission Analysis
25% Week 12
Due date: 20 Nov 2020 at 23:00
12 Hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignment A: Freehand sketch and Engineering Drawing Assignment. Drawings are to be submitted as PDF files combined with any calculations required.
  • Assignment B: Design and creativity assignment incorporating design creativity, applied forces and stress analysis. The assignment is to be submitted as a report. 
  • Assignment C: Mechanical design – design and build exercise. The assignment component may be submitted as a report and in video format.
  • Assignment D: Mechanical design – power transmission analysis. The assignment is submitted as a combined report and spreadsheet.

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


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:

Late penalties are in accordance with University Guidelines.

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
Week 01 1. Freehand Sketching; 2. Orthogonal Projections Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Lesson 1 Parts Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Detail and Assembly Drawing Requirements to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Lesson 2 Parts Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Tolerancing - Dimensional and Geometric Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Lesson 3 Drawings Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 1. Specifications + Drawing Analysis; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Advanced Drawings Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 1. Design and Creativity; 2. Applied Stress - Beams Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
SolidWorks - Assembly Mates Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 1. Design of Bolted Connections - Structural to AS4100; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Toolbox Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 Bearings - Plain + Rolling element Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Sketch Blocks Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 08 1. Spring Design to BS EN 13906-1; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Fillets Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 09 Power Transmission - Geometry of gears Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Revolves and Sweeps Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 10 Power Transmission - Design of Rotating Steel Shafts to AS1403; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Pattern Features Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 11 Power Transmission - Keys and Shrink Fits + Couplings Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Lofts Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 Power Transmission - Flat Belt + V Belt + Tooth Belt + Chain Drives + Engineering Analysis Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Surfaces Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO1 LO2

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.

Required readings

There are no prescribed readings for this unit, but the following are recommended as references.

Note: all readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

         The text is relevant for the Engineering Drawing component of MECH2400 9400 and BMET2400.

  • Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design. Richard G. Budynas and J. Keith Nisbett, 11th Edition. McGraw Hill Education. 2020. New York. The United States of America.

         The text is relevant for the Engineering Analysis component of MECH2400 9400 and MECH3460.

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. demonstrate your developed skills in freehand pictorial sketching, and generate and interpret engineering drawings to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201.
  • LO2. demonstrate your developed skills in writing basic engineering reports which include engineering graphics and calculations.
  • LO3. work as an individual and as part of a team to solve abstract and analytical mechanical engineering problems.
  • LO4. use basic skills in creativity and idea generation methods such as group brainstorming, analogy, inversion and lateral thinking.
  • LO5. perform basic stress and deflection analysis using referenced equations and Australian and International standards.
  • LO6. design, build and test designs that address abstract performance specifications.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The SolidWorks Tutorials have been better defined in the UOS outlined and will be reinforced within the course delivery.


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