The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This is an advanced mechanical design course where students bring together prior fundamental knowledge from fluid and solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer with numerical tools including finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics to solve a mechanical engineering design problem.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Undertake a multi-facetted mechanical engineering design on an open-ended project drawing on knowledge and skills learnt in undergraduate courses

2. Incorporate the use of high-end computational design tools in a design problem and explore the strengths and limitations of these tools

3. Communicate design solutions

4. Develop an appreciation for economic and institutional factors affecting mechanical engineering design and the role of sustainability in design.


The course revolves around significant design projects focuses on solving a number of real engineering problems. Each student focuses on an individual problem. These design problems are largely developed through consultation with local engineering firms. The scope and background of each problem is provided by industry representatives through a series of guest lectures.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering

Assessment items

Report: Project Scope Proposal

Report: Conceptual Design Proposal

Report: Final Report

Presentation: Seminar

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Individual supervision by academic staff members