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  • Objectives
    The course has been designed to provide graduates with: * a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of mechanically engineered solutions; * an awareness of social, economic and environmental aspects of mechanical engineering; * an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them; * well developed written and oral communication skills; * structured engineering work experience; * the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams; * an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so; and * preparation for future management roles as professional engineers. Learning outcomes On completion of the award, students will be able to: * competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of mechanically engineered solutions, * apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner; * communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider community using a wide range of communication technologies; * work professionally as an individual and in a team; * develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied; * engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the areas of mechanical engineering; and * contribute successfully to project management.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: Mathematical Methods or Mathematical Studies (SACE Stage 2 or equivalent). Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 Physics & Chemistry is assumed. You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students Prerequisites: Mathematical Methods or Mathematical Studies (SACE Stage 2 equivalent). Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 Physics & Chemistry is assumed. English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) prepares students for a career as a Mechanical Engineer.

    The 1st year of this award contains studies in fundamental science and engineering topics including electronics, computer programming, mathematics, chemistry and physics.

    The 2nd year focuses on mechanics and structures, fluid and energy, the mechanics of machines, engineering design and automation.

    The 3rd and 4th years are undertaken at the University of South Australia's Mawson Lakes campus and includes advanced studies in areas such as energy conservation, manufacturing and computer-aided design.

    What is Mechanical Engineering?

    Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, development and manufacture of machines and mechanical engineering systems. These include engines and turbines of various kinds, land transport vehicles, ships, aircraft, robots, pumps and fans, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, building services, industrial plants, and manufacturing processes.
    Why study Mechanical Engineering at Flinders?


          All our Engineering awards have been designed in close collaboration with industry in order to meet future development needs. Students gain specialist knowledge in key areas and an integrated tool kit of skills that will enable them to meet the technical criteria required by industry and to engage professionally with on-going technical developments.

          The first year of this award is similar to the first year of our other Engineering awards allowing students to transfer between awards with minimal loss of time. For students without the necessary prerequisites, the Bachelor of Engineering Science award provides a pathway into this award.

        * We have an international reputation for our teaching, student support programs/services and research.

    Professional recognition

    This is a new course. It is expected that it will meet the requirements for accreditation by Engineers Australia and be recognised internationally.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree?
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

    The first two years of the award will be undertaken at Flinders University. The latter 2 years will be taken at the University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus.

    The Award will be conferred by the University of South Australia.

    The first two years of the course are offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) a student must complete 144 units (72 units at Flinders) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Subject to passing all first and second year topics, students are guaranteed transfer to the University of South Australia to complete the remaining two years of their program. Any requests for transfer under different circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    First Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1


    Digital Electronics 1



    Professional Skills for Engineers



    Mathematics 1A *



    Chemistry 1A


    Semester 2


    Engineering Physics 1



    Computer Programming 1



    Analog Electronics 1



    Mathematics 1B *


    * Students who have achieved a mark of at least 18 in SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics, or at least 6 in International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL, have the option of doing the corresponding topics MATH1141 Advanced Mathematics 1A (instead of MATH1121) and MATH1142 Advanced Mathematics 1B (instead of MATH1122).

    Second Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1


    Mechanical Engineering Practice #



    Fluid and Energy Engineering



    Mechanics and Structures



    Scientific Computing


    Semester 2


    Mechanics of Machines #



    Design and Automation



    Engineering Project Management





    * Topic not available in 2009.

    Third and Fourth Year

    Students take the Third and Fourth Year at the University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes and follow the program of study outlined on the University of South Australia website.

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