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Engineering Design Major


A major in Engineering Design enables students to consolidate their skills in design and manufacturability into a focused program. The 21st century engineer needs to be more creative and be able to communicate unique solutions using a combination of graphical, oral, presentation and written skills. Technology is very quickly replacing traditional engineering skills with a complement of analysis and heuristic focused software. A multidisciplinary focused design engineer that is able to ideate using a range of creativity methods on broad interdisciplinary projects is the new need.

This major is best aligned with the Aeronautical or Mechanical stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Engineering Design Major

Achievement of a major in Engineering Design requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000/2000-level selective units
(ii) 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level selective units
(iii) 12 credit points of project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 5000-level selective units

Units of Study

1000/2000-level units of study
Selective units
Intro to Aircraft Construction and Design
6    A Some basic skills with engineering workshop hand tools is desirable.
Semester 2
Mechanical Design 1
6    A ENGG1801 and ENGG1802, HSC Maths and Physics
Semester 2
Human-Centred Engineering Design
6    A MECH1560 AND MECH1400
Semester 2
3000/4000-level units of study
Selective units
Aerospace Design 1
6    P AMME2301 and MECH2400
Semester 1
Aerospace Design 2
6    A AERO1400 AND AMME2302 AND AMME1362
P AMME2301 and MECH2400
Semester 2
Aerospace Design 3
6    A AERO1400 and AERO2703 and AERO3465
P AERO3260 and AERO3261 and AERO3360 and AERO3460
Semester 1
Mechanical Design 2
6    A Properties of engineering materials including fatigue failure theories. Statics and dynamics properties of machines.
P MECH2400 and AMME2301
Semester 2
Manufacturing Engineering
6    P MECH2400 OR ENGG1960 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MECH1560 OR ENGG1800
Semester 1
Mechanical Design 3
6    A ENGG1802 AND AMME2301 AND AMME2500 AND MECH3361
P MECH2400 and MECH3460
N MECH5416
Semester 1
4000-level units of study
Project units
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4010 or AMME4122 or AMME4121

Prospective students in Thesis A are expected to have consulted with supervisors and selected a topic of interest at the end of third year, guided by the advertised list of suggested thesis topics and supervisors. Availability of topics is limited and students should undertake to speak with prospective supervisors as soon as possible. Students who are unable to secure a supervisor and topic will be allocated a supervisor by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, students may do a thesis with a supervisor in industry or in another university department. In this case, the student must also find a second supervisor within the School of AMME.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Thesis B
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122
Semester 1
Semester 2
5000-level units of study
Selective units
Advanced Aerodynamics
6    A BE in the area of Aerospace Engineering or related Engineering field.
P AERO9260 or AERO8260 or AERO3260

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Advanced Aircraft Design Analysis
6    A Undergraduate level 1, 2 and 3 or Foundation Masters units in Aerospace Design are expected to have been completed before undertaking this unit.
P AERO3460 or AERO9460 or AERO8460
N AERO4491
Semester 2
Computer Aided Manufacturing
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Crash Analysis and Design
6    A Computer Aided Drafting, Basic FEA principles and Solid Mechanics

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1