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MEC2902 Mechanical Practice 2

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Chris Snook
Moderator: Bob Fulcher

Rationale

The successful practice of the profession of Mechanical Engineering requires an ability to analyse engineering systems and an ability to synthesise new designs. Much of the students work in other courses develops these analytical skills. In addition, the engineer must be able to assess a complex situation, identify the critical elements and develop a workable, cost effective solution. All of this requires considerable self-confidence, and the ability to work with and lead teams. In this course the synthesis of new ideas is developed whilst the student participates in a team-based design and build activity.

Synopsis

This course falls naturally into three parts:

Part One consists of a design activity where a small team of students develop a design concept and specification for a device capable of satisfying a broadly specified task.

Part Two comprises the procurement of appropriate resources and the design and construction of the device in accord with the design specification developed in Part One.

Part Three covers the testing of the device and encourages the student to reflect on the activities and outcomes of the work conducted in Part One and Part Two above.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. interpret a task specification or regulatory document;
  2. develop design concepts in accordance with a generic requirement;
  3. apply, as appropriate to the design, the operation and construction features of a range of common mechanical devices;
  4. co-operate in a teamwork environment;
  5. identify and explain critical elements in practical situations and propose solutions;
  6. conduct a simple product development from initial specification to prototype stage;
  7. observe safety procedures in a workshop environment; and
  8. appraise the performance of a simple mechanical device constructed by the student as part of a team.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Part One - Design Specification 20.00
2. Part Two - Design and Construct Activity 60.00
3. Part Three - Reflection and Evaluation 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=MEC2902)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Avallone, E, Baumeister, T & Sadegh, A 2006, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 11th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
    (or any equivalent engineering handbook.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Laboratory or Practical Classes 45.00
Report Writing 5.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 200 20 23 Apr 2013 (see note 1)
GROUP REPORT 600 60 26 Apr 2013 (see note 2)
LABORATORY REPORT 200 20 26 Apr 2013 (see note 3)

NOTES
  1. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.
  2. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.
  3. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    (i) It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. (ii) Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course before they are able to undertake any practical work in the mechanical laboratories.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must complete at least 100% of the practical and other activities at a satisfactory standard, as stated in the course Assessment Scheme.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing