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ZUG3040 – Advanced Concepts of Machine Systems Design

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7


The module covers various design theories and application of these theories in machine design. Safety aspects of various standard machine components are discussed in terms of operational and design specifications. Emphasis is on the failure criteria and safe mechanical design practices. The module also covers the design of individual components and design of various configurations of components working together as an integrated system.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand various failure theories
2Understand the significance of material properties in design process
3Understand the operation of a range of machine components
4Apply design concepts to various machine components
5Visualize and synthesize designs that are becoming progressively complex


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

The module introduces students to more advanced concepts of design and progressively takes design theories from elementary to more complex phases. It highlights important aspects of designs that are critical to effective performance of mechanical components in operation and these ranges from requirements to specifications. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. Tutorials will be based on individual work and assignment will require group work. All outcomes will be assessed by means assignments, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Basic Concepts in Structural and Machine Design, Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions, Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics