MEM09011B Apply basic engineering design concepts

Nominal Hours: | Diploma/Adv Dip: Elective (Group 3) | Competency Based  
Assessment Plan A: (One Semesters: 18 weeks)
Updated Oct 2014

(18 week schedule)

Task Topic Description and Link to Notes Quiz # Lesson
Assess schedule Work Load% Must Pass Book Chap

Assessment is by a written REPORT, fulfilling all criteria according to Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria

This report requires you to design something. It needs to be something fairly simple, or it can be an existing product where some design modifications are made by the student. These design changes are to be detailed according to the performance criteria.

Typical length: 10-15 pages

Contents: Description of design problem, research, brainstorming of possible solutions, concept sketches, selection of best design (probably by decision matrix or Pugh method), standards and regulation constraints, minor calculations if required, specification of design by description / drawings / CAD model / scale model / prototype.


Example report. See the following link. A simple design study on modifications of a wheelbarrow.

Engineering Design Concepts: Chapter 7


Note that the technical content of this example (force analysis) is not required in this unit. Analysis involving engineering mechanics (forces, stresses, motions) would normally be required in the 2nd year Mech Eng unit MEM14085A, which can be combined with this unit into a larger and more comprehensive project.

Report - - 100% - -
- TOTAL - - - 100 - -


Quiz = Computer Based Testing: Typically consists of practice mode (iTester) and assessment mode (Moodle).
Exam = Written test submitted on paper, all working shown neatly.
* Pre-requisite tests embedded in these subjects.

Required Texts   

Text book Subjects Picture
Ivanoff, Val
Engineering mechanics: An introduction to statics, dynamics and strength of materials 
McGraw-Hill.  1996
ISBN 0074702394
RRP $80.95 (June 2009)
  • Forces (Statics)
  • Dynamics
  • Stresses



(*CAUTION: This subject contains two unofficial pre-requisites: MEM30005A Forces and MEM30006A Stresses. MEM30005A must be done prior (pre-requisite), but MEM30006A can be done concurrently (co-requisite) Assessment is a combination of multiple choice tests, written tests, and submitted reports (print/email).

  • Lab Reports: Specification for lab reports. (Including error analysis where required)
  • Project Reports: Specification for project reports.
  • TESTER tasks: Computer based learning and assessment using the TESTER program.
    Procedures and rules. For most computer-based assessments, homework must be presented before Tester (exam mode) can be attempted.  In some cases, certain programs (e.g. Excel) are excluded from running with Tester during an exam. 



Interpret technical drawing*

(*Or equivalent)

This unit best to be combined with MEM14085A Mechanical Engineering Analysis


Unit Descriptor

This unit covers applying in situ design skills by personnel who are then responsible for the manufacture of the design outcome either individually or as part of a team.

Application of the Unit

This unit includes the determination of requirements such as location, assembly or other parts of the manufacturing or engineering process and where the designer must consider the impact of the design on other equipment, process or personnel, for example safety aspects of the design.
Design tasks undertaken include the application of design concepts to, for example, the fabrication and modification of structures, plant and equipment, and design of tooling and gauges, production control systems, fluid power layouts, electrical circuits etc.
The unit applies to the fields of mechanical, production, electrical/electronic, fabrication, and fluid power.

Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria

1.   Determine design requirements

1.1.            Design requirement is established from job sheets, instructions or in consultation with appropriate people.
1.2.            Design concepts are established and may include consideration of process, material, quantity, cost and outcome.
1.3.            Where appropriate, codes, regulations and technical documentation are consulted to establish design limitations in accordance with standard operating procedures.

1.4. Sources of expert assistance are identified and used as required.

2.   Create design

2.1.            Design meets end use requirement.
2.2.            Design meets all legislative and regulatory requirements.
2.3.            Design concept is verified in accordance with standard operating procedures.

2.4. Design outcome is produced as per job requirements and may include sketch, drawing, prototype, document, model or finished product.


Knowledge and Skills 

  1. obtaining all relevant drawings, job sheets, instructions and specifications
  2. consulting, where appropriate, relevant personnel as to the design requirements
  3. inspecting, where appropriate, the object, plant or equipment to which engineering design concepts are to be applied
  4. determining, where appropriate, design limitations imposed by relevant codes, standards and regulations
  5. where appropriate, seeking assistance from relevant sources
  6. verifying the design concept.
  7. presenting the design object in a form appropriate to the job requirements
  8. reading, interpreting and following information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
  9. checking and clarifying task related information
  10. planning and sequencing operations
  11. checking for conformance to specifications
  12. undertaking numerical operations, geometry and calculations/formulae within the scope of this unit
  1. design requirements
  2. functional requirements of the design
  3. the material(s) appropriate to the environment in which the object(s) to be designed is to operate
  4. processes to be used in the manufacture of the object(s)
  5. where appropriate, the costs associated with the manufacture of the object(s)
  6. reasons for selecting the chosen design concept
  7. all relevant codes, standards and regulations applying to the object to be designed
  8. the impact of the applicable codes, standards and regulations on the design requirements of the object
  9. sources of expert assistance in the design process
  10. the end use requirements of the design
  11. checks to ensure the design complies with the relevant codes, standards, legislative and regulatory requirements
  12. the procedures for verifying design concepts
  13. the means by which the design concept is to be presented
  14. safe work practices and procedures


Glossary (Range Statement)