Manufacturing Processes - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assessment - Practical - 3 x 1000 words (20%) , Invigilated Exam - 2 hours (60%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The unit provides knowledge of the mechanics of forming and joining processes for a wide range of industrial applications for manufacturing and design decision making. Throughout the unit a variety of manufacturing techniques are covered including metal cutting techniques, cutting tools and materials, mechanics and economics of metal cutting, use of jigs and fixtures for machining and joining processes.

Stress, strain analysis and mechanical properties of materials applied to metal forming processes are explored. Other processes investigated include sheet metal forming, deep drawing, stretch forming and bending, forging, rolling and extrusion processes, tooling for blanking, bending and forging as well as basic casting techniques.

Please note: This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the course page.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the fundamentals of materials in manufacturing and mechanics in metal cutting processes
  2. evaluate major manufacturing processes and related tooling and be able to apply them into practice
  3. fabricate sheet metal products through sheet metalworking operations
  4. explain, analyse, predict and prevent material failures in primary manufacturing processes
  5. select, analyse and design metal deformation processes.
  • Assessment — Practical - 3 x 1000 words (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hours (60%)
  • Quiz — Continuing assessment (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit has an on-campus requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Requirements section of the course page.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Manufacturing properties of material
2Nature of materials
3Manufacturing properties of materials
4Metal casting
5Metal forming
6Bulk forming
7Sheet metal work
8Theory of metal machining
9Machine operations and machine tools
10Industrial visit
11Product design and abrasive processes
12Fundamentals of joining processes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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