Introduction to Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Area of Study
Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThe subject introduces the student to engineering sketching and drawing, computer-aided design and solid modelling, engineering design, engineering mechanics, mechanical systems and components, mechatronics, and wind power and energy conversion. Students learn to graphically represent engineering components by sketching, using drawing instruments and/or computer methods using standard representation techniques such as orthogonal projection. Students learn basic engineering mechanics and how to apply this to analyse simple machines, mechanisms and structures. Students also learn basic mechatronics principles and apply them in a mechanical system that they design and build themselves.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:1. Communicate details of simple mechanical components and devices by using basic skills in freehand sketching, with drawing instruments and CAD solid modelling software to create engineering drawings.2. Create computer models of simple mechanical components and devices using basic skills in CAD solid modelling software.3. Apply methods of engineering mechanics to solve problems and analyse relatively simple machine, mechanism and structural components.4. Apply an engineering design process to evaluate and use components common in mechanical engineering devices to design and build a mechanical device.5. Apply knowledge of basic mechatronics to construct a simple mechatronic system, incorporate it in a mechanical device and evaluate its performance.6. Document and communicate their design ideas, decisions, justifications, calculations and outcomes.This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.3, 2.4] (A.1)Establish priorities and goals [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.3, 3.5] (A.2)Identify constraints, uncertainties and risks of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.) [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (A.3)Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)Apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.1] (B.4)Implement and test solutions [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.2, 2.3,] (B.5)Demonstrate research skills [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.4, 2.1] (B.6)Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.2,2.3, 2.4] (C.2)Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.1,2.2] (C.3)Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.5, 3.6] (D.1)Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting [EA Stage 1 Competency:2.4, 3.2, 3.6] (E.2)Teaching and learning strategiesStudent learning in the subject is facilitated through a combination of lectures (instruction), tutorials (instruction and practice), workshops (instruction and practice), in-class quizzes (practice), student projects / assignments (practice).Lectures are generally aimed at providing an overview of the subject material. Some class participation and activity is expected in lectures.Tutorials are designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain extra instruction in the methods taught in the lecture. Tutorials have fewer students than lectures and provide more opportunity for students to ask questions and get further assistance.Students are provided with a booklet of sample engineering mechanics problems with solutions which they are to use outside of class time to help them practice and learn engineering mechanics methods. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding and ability to apply these methods via two in-class quizzes.The workshops (Cmp1) provide opportunity for students to get assistance with CAD (SolidWorks) and mechatronics. In the CAD sessions students are able to work on developing their CAD knowledge and skills at their own pace using online tutorials and attempting to do the CAD project. They are able to ask for help from tutors when they need it. There are also workshops for mechatronics where students are able to come along to get assistance with implementing the mechatronics component in their design and build project.ContentThe subject includes the following topics:? engineering sketching and drawing? computer aided design and solid modelling? engineering design? engineering mechanics? mechanical systems and components? wind power and energy conversion? mechatronicsAssessmentAssessment task 1: Engineering Drawing AssignmentIntent:Students to develop and demonstrate their competence in engineering drawing and sketching.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1 and 6This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:E.1Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketchGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 5%Length:1 oblique projection sketch, 1 isometric sketch and 2 sets of orthogonal projection drawings.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsSubmissions will be assessed on adherence to guidelines for good drawing practice, presentation and correctness of drawings. 100 1, 6 E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Computer Aided Design (CAD) assignmentIntent:Students to develop and demonstrate their competence in CAD solid modelling.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1, 2 and 6This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.2, C.2 and E.1Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketchGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 8%Length:This is a CAD modelling task in which you must create several part models, one assembly model, one set of drawings.This task is to be done in class. Any materials may be brought into the lab but you are not allowed to ask for assistance from tutors or other students in this time.You will have opportunity to practice a very similar task in the weeks preceeding the in-class assessment. Tutors will assist you to learn how to complete the task correctly in the weeks preceeding the in-class assessment. Students must demonstrate that they have completed specified tutorial tasks before they can receive assistance with this assessment task from tutors.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCompleteness and correctness of models and drawings 70 1, 2, 6 B.2, C.2, E.1Use of good modelling practice. 30 1, 2 C.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Engineering Mechanics Quiz 1Intent:Students to demonstrate mastery of basic engineering mechanics.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:3 and 6This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.1, C.1 and E.1Type: Quiz/testGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 5%Length: One engineering mechanics problem.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrectness of solution, method and presentation 100 3, 6 B.1, C.1, E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 4: Engineering Mechanics Quiz 2Intent:Students to demonstrate mastery of basic engineering mechanics.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:3 and 6B.1, C.1 and E.1Type: Quiz/testGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 5%Length: One engineering mechanics problem.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrectness of solution, method and presentation 100 3, 6 B.1, C.1, E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 5: Engineering Design ProjectIntent:Students to gain hands on experience in a mechanical and mechatronic engineering design and build task in a team work environment. Students apply the engineering design process.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6A.1, A.2, A.3, B.1, B.2, B.4, B.5, B.6, C.2, C.3, D.1, E.1 and E.2Type: ProjectGroupwork: Group, group and individually assessedWeight: 37%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsThe built vehicle will be assessed against defined performance criteria in a design competition 34 4, 5 A.2, A.3, B.1, B.2, B.4, B.5, C.2, C.3, D.1, E.2Design report will be assessed on completion of report requirements and quality of report 33 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 A.1, B.6, E.1, E.2The mechatronics system will be assessed against defined performance criteria. Mechatronics understanding will be assessed in a quiz. 33 5, 6 B.2, B.5SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 6: Final ExamIntent:Students to demonstrate the ability to understand and apply appropriate methods to solve engineering mechanics problems. They will also demonstrate understanding and knowledge of mechanical and mechatronic engineering.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:3, 5 and 6B.1, C.1 and E.1Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 40%Length:Duration 3 hours + 10 min reading timeCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrectness of solution, method and presentation. 100 3, 5, 6 B.1, C.1, E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesMinimum requirementsA pass in this subject is 50% provided the following conditions are met:? a reasonable attempt has been made at the mechatronics and design projects; and,? a mark of at least 50% is obtained in the must pass section of the final exam.An assessment total greater than 49%, that does not satisfy the above conditions, will be awarded an X (Fail) grade.An X grade indicates that you have NOT passed the subject even though your marks total more than 50 because you have not met the minimum requirements for a compulsory component of the subject. You will then need to pass a supplementary exam or redo the subject.
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