Mechanical Design Practice

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Offered by the University of South Australia through Open Universities Australia, the online Mechanical Design Practice unit equips students to follow sound design methodology, to select appropriate materials and to effectively design smaller components.

This engineering unit delves into the nature of specific component design and the potential causes of design failure, encouraging students to consider each piece used within and materials employed for their designs in order to create resilient, useful designs.

Taking a practical approach to design, students also learn to properly adhere to safety standards and about the legal implications of the design process, as well as exploring material and mechanism behaviour for items such as welded connections, cyclic loads and stress raisers.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program: To be eligible for this unit, you must either have completed the following units before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following:

  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following course:

  • Associate Degree in Engineering

Areas of study

In this Mechanical Design Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to mechanical design
  • Static design
  • Linear actuators and springs
  • Eccentrically-loaded, bolted and welded connections
  • Rotating shifts
  • Rolling element bearings
  • Plane and hydrodynamic bearings
  • Design for fatigue
  • Fatigue of bolted joints
  • Brittle fracture and fracture mechanics
  • Design of spur gears
  • Belt, chain and wire rope drives
  • Clutches and brakes

Course pathways

This unit is an elective unit in the following course:

  • Associate Degree in Engineering, University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This engineering unit focuses on teaching the practical design skills required to create resilient, useful designs, integrating knowledge of the legal implications of the design process and following safety standards with adherence to sound design methodology.

Students will learn to explain material behaviour and simple mechanism failure – and design components to avoid these situations – plus to design mechanical components for strength and deflection and to effectively select standard components from manufacturer’s catalogues.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Mechanical Design Practice from University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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