Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This second course in engineering design applies knowledge gained in earlier mechanics and design courses to advanced aspects of engineering design. A range of topics are covered including the design of mechanical connections, power transmission through gears, bearing design and selection and shaft design.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Undertake appropriate analyses of key components in a mechanical design;

2. Utilise design standards to size components in a mechanical design;

3. Perform a detailed design on a multi-component mechanical system;

4. Incorporate ethical/professional considerations into design solutions, and

5. Present a written report to professional standards.


This course covers key topics important in mechanical engineering design. The following topics are covered:

  1. Mechanical connections.
  2. Design of friction drives, clutches and brakes.
  3. Epicyclic gear trains.
  4. Gear design and selection to Australian Standards.
  5. Shaft design.
  6. Bearing selection, journal bearing design and lubrication.
  7. Design project.

Assumed knowledge

MECH2110 Mechanical Engineering Design 1,

MECH2430 Mechanics of Solids 1 (previously MECH2420).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Minor Assignment

Written Assignment: Major Assignment Part 1

Written Assignment: Major Assignment Part 2

Quiz: Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

2 x 2 hour lectorial sessions per week

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.