Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

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 focusingĀ 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the undergraduate and postgraduate Mechanical and Mechatronic programs (excluding the undergraduate programs that do not allow electives):

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) [12300]

B Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical) / B Engineering (Hons) (Mechatronics) [12302]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) [12304]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Mathematics [40003]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Mathematics [40004]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) [40061]

Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) [40062]

Master of Professional Engineering (Mechatronics) [40063]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) [40064]

B Eng (Hons) (Mechatronics)/B Eng (Hons) (Electrical & Electronic) [40075]

B Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Science [40076]

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Mathematics [40081]

B Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science [40091]

Bachelor Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Mathematics [40092]

B Engineering (Hons)(Mechanical)/Bachelor of Eng (Hons)(Mechatronics) [40094]

Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) [40185]

Assumed knowledge

MECH3110 Mechanical Engineering Design 2.

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

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.