SEM200 - Machine Design


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250

SIT172 plus one unit from SEB101 or SEP101; 2 credit points from SEB121, SED102, SEJ101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:

For S463 Incompatible with SEB223 and SEM223
For S462 Incompatible with SEB223 and SED202

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 2 hour studio per week.

All students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester, including approximately 3 hours during the intensive week (typically week 7). The tasks undertaken during this period contribute to the student’s project gateway report and final project portfolio.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2 hour seminar per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online studio per week. Students are required to attend and participate in project oriented design-based learning activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week (typically week 7 to contribute to assessment tasks).


Student Equipment Purchases

Learning experiences and assessment activities in this unit require that students have access to specific computing mechatronics components/equipment, such as an Arduino Mega 2560, 2WD car/robot chassis kit, battery box, sensors.  Students may be required to purchase additional components (e.g. motors, drivers, battery, battery charger, materials, etc) depending on their chosen team product demonstration. The expected cost of this equipment for this unit is $70-$100. These components will also be usable in subsequent units.  


SEM200 is a project and design based unit that will allow students to continue to develop technical and professional practice skills relevant to machine design. Students will build on fundamental knowledge previously acquired in engineering design, engineering fundamentals, project management and professional communication. The main project for this unit will be centred on the design of a mechanical-based machine that must perform a defined set of tasks with a defined set of criteria/rules. Students will be required to develop and apply knowledge in the following five main technical areas: product development and machine design; machine elements; electronic control and programming basics; engineering drawings and tolerancing; and prototyping and rapid manufacturing.

The project will aim to reflect a real-world engineering project environment, and therefore students will also be required to demonstrate and develop skills relating to professional communication, teamwork, ethics, standards, OHS and management. Students will communicate their design process, considerations and trade-offs and outcomes in a variety of forms, including written assessments tasks, group presentations and physical and virtual prototypes.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a minimum of 50% in each of the team project gateway presentation and individual project gateway report assessment tasks.

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