Courses & Units

Introduction to Equipment Design ZAE103

Cradle Coast


You will be introduced to a range of design approaches and selected toolsets that are used in contemporary manufacturing and equipment design. This includes using design thinking approaches to envisage, conceptualise, test and evaluate sustainable solutions to realistic problems. You will also develop computer assisted design (CAD) skills to produce basic 2D and 3D digital designs. Your learning will be firmly grounded in guided practical work to produce a design, or designs, in response to a design brief. This design work will contribute to the realisation of a team-based project, which commenced in ZAE101 Introduction to Manufacturing, and will continue in Introduction to ZAE105 Fabrication and ZAE106 Quality Manufacturing. You will therefore begin to reflect on and develop your collaboration, teamwork, observation, communication, planning, critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills in the context of equipment design practices.


Unit name Introduction to Equipment Design
Unit code ZAE103
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Term 2 On-Campus Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 27/4/2020 18/5/2020 2/6/2020 3/7/2020

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply design-thinking concepts and methods to develop equipment design solutions in response to real-world problems and requirements

2. Use digital toolsets and digital literacies to enable the development of effective engineering designs and models

3. Contribute effectively to collaborative design processes using a reflective approach to ideation, critical thinking and problem-solving



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 030701

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1. Design Brief (40%)

2. Portfolio (40%)

3. Design reflections (analysis and review) (20%)

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