MECH ENG 1007 - Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2024

This course teaches students how to apply Newtonian physics to analyse relatively simple physical mechanisms. - with some emphasis on commonly encountered engineering applications. It follows on from the Statics course, but considers systems that are not in equilibrium i.e. with velocity and acceleration. Some of the topics covered are pure kinematics (a mathematical description of motion only), while others are kinetic (determine motion in problems involving the concepts of force and energy). The course is restricted to 2-D (planar) mechanisms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 1007
    Course Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
    Coordinating Unit Mechanical Engineering
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Total: 52 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MATHS 1011 or MATHS 1013.
    Course Description This course teaches students how to apply Newtonian physics to analyse relatively simple physical mechanisms. - with some emphasis on commonly encountered engineering applications. It follows on from the Statics course, but considers systems that are not in equilibrium i.e. with velocity and acceleration. Some of the topics covered are pure kinematics (a mathematical description of motion only), while others are kinetic (determine motion in problems involving the concepts of force and energy). The course is restricted to 2-D (planar) mechanisms.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Eyad Hassan

    Mr Gareth Bridges Lecturer Engineering South s324k
    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 measurement error, and propagation of error in processed data
    2 Explain basic kinematics concepts – displacement, velocity and acceleration (and their angular counterparts);
    3 Explain basic dynamics concepts – force, momentum, work and energy;
    4 Explain and be able to apply Newton’s laws of motion;
    5 Explain and be able to apply other basic dynamics concepts - the Work-Energy principle, Impulse-Momentum principle and the coefficient of restitution;
    6 Apply all of concepts of linear kinetics to systems in general plane motion (applying Euler's Equation and considering energy of a system in general plane motion, and the work of couples and moments of forces)
    7 Demonstrate how to solve dynamics problems. Appraise given information and determine which concepts apply, and choose an appropriate solution strategy; and
    8 Explain basic machine parts such as pulleys and mass-spring systems.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C A A A A A A A A A
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 3, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 3, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 3, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Dynamics Practical Notes – Electronic verision online on MyUni.

    • Dynamics Lecture notes –  Electronic version online on MyUni.

    • Access to MyUni

    Recommended Resources
    • Dynamics Lecture Notes – available from Image & Copy Centre

    • Textbook: ‘Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics’, 12 Edition in SI Units, Hibbelar, R.C.
    • PASS (Peer Assisted Student Study Sessions)
    • Dynamics Drop_in Centre (Hub, even weeks)

    The Barr Smith library has many books which are concerned with Dynamics. Students are encouraged to consult these books to enrich their knowledge.

    Textbook purchase is strongly recommended.

    Consult your course co-ordinator for further recommendations

    Online Learning

    The material available online

    • Course Outline and Introduction
    • Course Content
    • Timetable
    • Lecture Notes
    • Assignments
    • Tutorials
    • Solutions
    • Past exams
    • Announcements

    Links to these facilities can be found on MyUni .

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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


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

    Course workload includes 42 hours of lectures and tutorials, and 9 hours of laboratory.

    Learning Activities Summary

    This course consists of combination of lectures and tutorials:

    Rectilinear Motion, Coupled/Dependent Motion (3 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Curvilinear Motion (5 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Newton’s 2nd Law (6 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Work-Energy Principle/Potential Energy (5 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Impulse-Momentum Principle (4 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Rotational Kinetics (6 hrs lectures/2 hrs tutorials)
    Summary/Revision (1 hr lecture)
    Measurement (3 hrs laboratory)
    Conservation of Energy (3 hrs laboratory)
    Rotational Dynamics (3 hrs laboratory)
    Specific Course Requirements

    Students must achieve at least 35% in each of the three assessment areas:

    Exams – Final Examination

                  Mid-Semester Test


    Laboratory Work

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Weekly assignments 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Laboratory 10 Individual Summative Weeks 1-12 50% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8..
    Mid-semester exam 10 Individual Summative Week 6 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Final exam 70 Individual Summative Exam period 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must achieve at least 50 % in:

     Laboratory Work

    Assessment Detail

    Assignments – 6 in total, individual, and available in advance of topic coverage. Submission dates are spaced at approximately one week intervals through the course.

    Practicals – assessment based on a pre-practical online quiz, Practical participation and practice

    Mid-semester exam – closed book, 50 minutes, covers first 3 chapters of the course notes.

    Final exam – closed-book, 3 hours, covers entire course.

    Assignment submission is by electronic submission on MyUni. Details will be provided by the lecturer. 

    No extensions are granted, but students may receive exemptions on medical or compassionate grounds.

    The turnaround time for assessment is zero – as marking is simultaneous with the assignment deadline.

    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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