SEM406 - Advanced Modelling and Simulation


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SEM327 and one unit from SEM302, SEM422 or SED302. For students enrolled in S752: Nil



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online content per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (CAD lab), 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

2 x 1 hour online content per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester (recordings, information and/or data provided to allow students to conduct practical activities away from the campus).


This unit will study advanced aspects of modelling and simulation related to mechanical engineering. The unit will utilise and build upon the knowledge you have gained in your previous studies on material behaviour, dynamics, solid mechanics, and computer aided engineering (CAE). The main topics covered are: modelling of mechanical multi-body dynamic (MBD) systems, and finite element analysis (FEA). Via a project-based approach, you will develop fundamental understanding of these two key simulation areas, as well as the ability to use this knowledge for the analysis of real world problems.  In the practical classes, students will also use experimental methods to provide context to and validation of the numerical analyses conducted during this unit. The mix of theoretical, numerical and experimental work will provide a good base for future career development in the advanced CAE area.

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