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MECH9400: Mechanical Design 1

Semester 2, 2022 [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 or ENGG1810) 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,
Tutor(s) Freddy Caro Diaz,
Thai Nguyen,
Jordan Fazio-Nagy,
James Kirkness-Duncombe,
Lauren Punter,
Lionel Zhang,
Gregory Gardner,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment A - Engineering Graphics and Tolerancing
Freehand Sketching, Detail / Assembly Drawing & Tolerancing
25% Week 04
Due date: 26 Aug 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 09 Sep 2022
Max 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO8
Assignment Assignment B - Component Analysis
Component Analysis
25% Week 08
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 07 Oct 2022
Max 20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO8
Assignment group assignment Assignment C - Systems Engineering - Design, Build and Test Project
Systems Engineering - Design, Build and Test Project
25% Week 12
Due date: 28 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 11 Nov 2022
Max 30 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6 LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Assignment D - Systems Engineering - Power Transmission Element Design
Systems Engineering - Power Transmission Analysis
25% Week 13
Due date: 04 Nov 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 18 Nov 2022
Max 20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
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: Systems Engineering – design and build exercise. The group assignment is to be submitted as a report combined with a short video.
  • Assignment D: Systems Engineering - Power Transmission Element Design. The assignment is submitted as a report which clearly states answers combined with a well commented spreadsheet or script (Matlab or Python).

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
Ongoing Non-contact independent work doing research, homework, and working on assignments, group meetings, and prior readings across multiple weeks. Independent study (70 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 01 1. Freehand Sketching; 2. Orthogonal Projections Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Lesson 1 Parts Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 02 Detail and Assembly Drawing Requirements to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Lesson 2 Assemblies and Lesson 3 Drawings Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 03 Tolerancing - Dimensional and Geometric Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Introduction to SolidWorks Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 04 1. Specifications + Drawing Analysis; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
SolidWorks - Advanced Drawings Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 05 1. Design and Creativity; 2. Applied Stress - Beams Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
SolidWorks - Assembly Mates Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
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) LO8
Week 07 Bearings - Plain + Rolling element Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Design Tables Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 08 1. Spring Design to BS EN 13906-1; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5
SolidWorks - Sketch Blocks Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 09 Power Transmission - Geometry of gears Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Fillets Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 10 Power Transmission - Design of Rotating Steel Shafts to AS1403; 2. Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Revolves and Sweeps Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 11 Power Transmission - Keys and Shrink Fits + Couplings Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Pattern Features and Lofts Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 12 Power Transmission - Flat Belt + V Belt + Tooth Belt + Chain Drives + Systems Engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Surfaces Computer laboratory (1 hr) LO8
Week 13 Systems Engineering - Super Tutorial Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5 LO7
SolidWorks - Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Static Analysis - Analysis of a Part Computer laboratory (1 hr) 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.

Required readings

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

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

  • Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design 11th Edition, Si Units 11th Edition 9813158980 · 9789813158986 By Richard G. Budynas, Keith J. Nisbett © 2020 | Published: November 4, 2020

          Print copy: 9789813158986 McGraw Hill Website:


          eBook: 9789814923156

         The above text is more relevant for the Systems Engineering 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. Use freehand pictorial sketching methods, generate and interpret engineering drawings to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201.
  • LO2. Write basic engineering reports which combine engineering graphics and calculations.
  • LO3. Work on individual and group Projects solving introductory System Engineering problems.
  • LO4. Use basic skills in creativity and idea generation methods.
  • LO5. Perform basic stress and deflection analysis using referenced equations and Australian and International standards.
  • LO6. Design, build and test designs to performance specifications with a Systems Engineering approach.
  • LO7. Design power transmission components and combine them using a Systems Engineering approach.
  • LO8. Develop skills in the use of a CAD system - SolidWorks

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 Laboratory exercises have been restructured and expanded throughout the semester. The Design and Build exercise will be reintroduced into the assessment schedule if University and Government restrictions allow.

Additional costs

Students may need to purchase: 1. Pencils, an eraser, an enclosed sharpener, and some blank A4 paper. 2. Materials for the Design and Build exercise as part of Assignment C (<$20).


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