MECH ENG 2019 - Dynamics and Control I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Students will be introduced to various applications of feedback control systems and develop fundamentals associated with modelling, analysis, design and simulation of automatic control systems. This course also aims to introduce the basic concepts of machine dynamics and their engineering applications, and deals with the analysis, kinematic design and application of a variety of mechanisms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 2019
    Course Dynamics and Control I
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MECH ENG 3028
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 1007, APP MTH 2201 & ELEC ENG 1009
    Restrictions Available to all programs offered by the School of Mechanical Engineering.
    Course Description Students will be introduced to various applications of feedback control systems and develop fundamentals associated with modelling, analysis, design and simulation of automatic control systems. This course also aims to introduce the basic concepts of machine dynamics and their engineering applications, and deals with the analysis, kinematic design and application of a variety of mechanisms.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Rini Akmeliawati

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the principles of machine dynamics;
    2 Demonstrate the ability to determine the mobility of planar mechanisms;
    3 Apply vector analysis to planar mechanisms to quantify the displacement, velocity and acceleration of the mechanism components;
    4 Apply the concept of velocity and acceleration images;
    5 Apply kinematic design fundamentals for cam and follower mechanisms;
    6 Use kinematic analysis and design of gears and simple, compound, reverted and epicyclical gear trains;
    7 Explain the concept of inertia forces and its application to kinematic analysis of mechanisms;
    8 Apply the principles of static and dynamic balancing for rotating and reciprocating systems;
    9 Discuss the feedback control theory;
    10 Analyse, design and simulate automatic control systems in the time domain and frequency domain; and

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2-8, 10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course notes – these are essential and required.

    Recommended Resources

    1. Nise, N., Control Systems Engineering, 8th Ed, Wiley, or Dorf, R.C. and Bishop, R.H., Modern Control Systems, Prentice Hall.

    2. Mabie, H.H. and Reinholtz, C.F., 1987, Mechanisms and Dynamics of Machinery, Fourth Edition, Wiley and Sons.

    Online Learning
    Lectures complemented by online resources available on MyUni, including lecture recordings.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials and practicals developing material covered in lectures.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The required time commitment is 48 hours attendance at lectures, 48 hours of revising course material, 48 hours completing assignments, and 40 hours preparing and completing practical reports.

    Learning Activities Summary
    • Velocity and acceleration in mechanisms/linkages (7 lectures)

    • Cam and follower motion (4 lectures)

    • Kinematics and dynamics of gears (2 lecturesl)

    • Gear trains (2 lectures)

    • Force analysis of plane mechanisms (2 lectures)

    • Balancing of rotating masses (2 lectures)

    • Balancing of reciprocating masses (2 lectures)

    • Modelling in the Frequency Domain (2 lectures)

    • Mathematical modelling and Laplace Transforms (2 lectures)

    • Transfer Function and Block Diagrams (2 lectures)

    • Time Response (1 lecture)

    • Performance Specifications (2 lectures)

    • System Stability (1 lecture)

    • Root locus Techniques (2 lectures)

    • Compensator Design via Root Locus (2 lectures)

    • Frequency Response Methods (2 lecturesl)

    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    All assessment tasks are summative. There are two equally weighted components of the course. For the Machine Dynamics component there are 2 assignments worth a total of 20% of the assessment and an online exam worth 70%. In addition, there is a practical report worth 10%. For the Auto Control component there are 2 assignments worth a total of 20% of the assessment, 2 quizzes worth 10% and an online exam worth 60%. In addition, there are 2 practical reports worth a total of 10%. All assignments are due by 5pm on the due date.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Note that the laboratory experiments are compulsory and it is a requirement to pass the laboratory experiments to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    All assignments must be submitted as instructed, either in the digital drop box in MyUni or as a hard copy placed in the labelled box on level 2 of Engineering South Building. Any assignments submitted as a hard copy must be accompanied by an assessment cover sheet available from Room S116 or near the assignment submission area. Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation can be made in writing after a lecture or via email to the lecturer. Hard copy assignments will be assessed and returned in 3 weeks of the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard. Due to the large size of the class feedback on assignments will be limited to in-class discussion resulting from questions from students.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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