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MEC2901 Mechanical Practice 1

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Mechanical Practice 1
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030799 - Mechanical, Industrial Enginee
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Mainul Islam


The successful practice of the profession of Mechanical Engineering requires a clear understanding of the relationship between engineering theory and engineering practice. An ability to recognise when a particular theory is applicable and an ability to accommodate the deviations from the theory that occur in the real world is essential. Some knowledge of a wide range of practical techniques, propriety devices, materials, production and assembly methods is also necessary. The engineer must be able to assess a complex situation to identify the critical elements and develop a workable, cost-effective solution. This all requires considerable self-confidence, and the ability to work in and also lead a team. This course continues the step by step development of these skills commenced in ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1 but within a Mechanical Engineering context.


This course presents a series of activities designed to develop specific skills and knowledge relevant to Mechanical Engineering. These activities are to be carried out on an individual or small group basis.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


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

  1. conduct and evaluate engineering tests in accordance with set procedures;
  2. use common engineering length measurement instruments;
  3. operate Milling and Turning Machine tools to produce a simple component;
  4. determine the mass moment of inertia and measure the dynamic response of simple objects;
  5. employ safe working practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Linear measurement 5.00
2. Measurement of a fundamental property 10.00
3. Milling exercise 10.00
4. Performance tests (basic) 20.00
5. Electrical Engineering Activity 20.00
6. Turning exercise 10.00
7. Strip and assembly 10.00
8. Safety in manufacturing 5.00
9. Mass moment of inertia and dynamics of simple objects 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Students will need safety footwear when undertaking some activities in this course. Either safety shoes or safety boots are suitable.

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.
Holman, JP 2012, Experimental methods for engineers, 8th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 10.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Group Report 1 40 04 Jun 2021 1,5 (see note 1)
Res School/Lab Attend & Partic 1 60 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 2)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date of this assessment item
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. 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. 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 electrical and mechanical laboratories.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Date printed 18 June 2021