Last Updated S012021


Unit Name Engineering Dynamics And Mechanics
Unit Code BSC103C
Unit Duration 1 Semester

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Duration 3 years    

Year Level One
Unit Creator / Reviewer N/A
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points


Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

The objective in presenting this unit is to provide students with an in-depth study of the fundamentals of mechanics of materials and structures.

The subject matter covered in this unit will include: all relevant physical properties and fundamental laws governing the behaviour of materials and structures; the concepts of equilibrium and application of these to various structures; free body diagrams; forces, moments, and centres of mass; the forces of friction and rigid body dynamics; stress-strain analysis; shear force and bending moment diagrams; and, the effects of torsion.

Successful completion of this unit will serve as a key prerequisite for subjects involving mechanics of machines, and design of mechanical systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Interpret and solve engineering problems based on the laws of mechanics and force and equilibrium concepts.
    Bloom's Level 3
  2. Perform calculations related to mass moment of inertia.
    Bloom's Level 3
  3. Evaluate forces of friction and the principles of rigid body dynamics.
    Bloom's Level 5
  4. Perform stress-strain analysis and deformation calculations.
    Bloom's Level 3
  5. Determine shear force, bending moment, and deflection in beams.
    Bloom's Level 5
  6. Evaluate the effects of torsion in shafts and springs.
    Bloom's Level 5
  7. Determine stresses in cylinders and spheres.
    Bloom's Level 5


Student assessment

Assessment Type When assessed Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions

Example Topic: Laws of mechanics, fundamental mechanics concepts such as forces, equilibrium, and statics.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.

After Topic 4 10% 1

Assessment 2 

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Moment of inertia, friction, rigid body dynamics, stress, strain, deformation, friction, moment of inertia

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on the listed topics

After Topic 6 20% 2, 3

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

Example Topic: Stress-strain analysis, shear force and bending moments, deflection in beams.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or use software to complete a practical.

After Topic 9 20% 4, 5

Assessment 4

Type: Examination

Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

After Topic 12 40% 1 to 7

Tutorial Attendance + Quizzes*

 * Tutorial attendance will be 4%. Topic pre-record quizzes will be 3% for 12 topics. Topic homework quizzes will be 3% for 10 topics. Pre-record quiz will close before the topics the first tutorial. Topic homework quiz will be open for 2 weeks after the Tutorial. 

Continuous 10% 1 to 7


Prescribed and Recommended readings

Suggested Textbook

  • J. Bird, C. Ross, Mechanical Engineering Principles, 3rd Ed. Routledge, 2015 - ISBN: 9781138781573

 Reference Materials

  • R. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, 16th ed. Pearson, 2016 - ISBN: 1292088788
  • R. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 12th ed. Pearson, 2009 – ISBN: 9780136077909

  • Gere, J. M., Goodno, B. J., 2003, Mechanics of Materials, 6th Edition – ISBN: 9780534417932

  • R. Hibbeler, 2013, Mechanics of Materials, 9th Edition – ISBN: 978-0133254426

  • EIT eLibrary

  • IDC Technologies publications

  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures


Unit Content

Topic 1

 Introduction to Dynamics and Mechanics 1

1. Distance, time and mass measurements
2. Fundamental constants and dimensional analysis
3. Position, displacement, velocity, speed, acceleration and SUVAT
4. Scalars, vectors and forces
5. Velocity and acceleration in two dimensions


Topic 2

Introduction to Dynamics and Mechanics 2

1. Force and mass
2. Laws of mechanics 
3. Newton’s First Law
4. Newton’s Second Law
5. Reaction Forces
6. Newton’s Third Law
7. Torque

Topic 3


Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies

1. Lami’s theorem, parallelogram and triangular law of forces
2. Equilibrium of a particle
3. Equivalent systems of forces 
4. Principle of transmissibility 
5. Free body diagrams
6. Types of supports
7. Action and reaction forces
8. Moments and couples
9. Varignon’s Theorem
10. Equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions

Topic 4


Properties of Surfaces and Solids

1. Centroids and centre of mass, lines and areas
2. Rectangular, circular, triangular areas
3. T-section, I-section, angle section, hollow section
4. Parallel axis theorem and perpendicular axis theorem
5. Principal moments of inertia
6. Mass moment of inertia

Topic 5

Friction and Rigid Body Dynamics

1. Friction force 
2. Laws of sliding friction 
3. Wedge friction
4. Rolling resistance 
5. Translation and rotation of rigid bodies 
6. General plane motion of simple rigid bodies

Topic 6

Stress, Strain, and Deformation of Solids

1. Properties of materials 
2. Rigid bodies and deformable solids
3. Tension, compression
4. Stress and strain
5. Hardness, Modulus of Elasticity and Failure 
6. Deformation of simple and compound bars 
7. Hooke’s law
8. Poisson’s ratio
9. Thermal stresses, elastic constants, volumetric strains
10. Stresses on inclined planes 
11. Lab testing for tension, compression and shear


Topic 7

Bending Moment and Shear Force in Beams

1. Types of beams
2. Loading conditions and types of reactions
3. Shear forces and bending moments
4. Shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams subjected to concentrated loads, uniformly distributed loads (UDL), uniformly varying loads (UVL), and couples


Topic 8

Bending, and Shear Stresses in Beams

1. Theory of simple bending
2. Bending stress equation
3. Relationship between bending stress, bending moment, and radius of curvature
4. Buckling
5. Shear stresses in beams
6. Shear stress across rectangular, circular, symmetrical I and T sections (excluding composite and notched)

Topic 9

Deflection in Beams and Stresses in Trusses

1. Deflection of Beams by superposition
2. Equations for deflection, slope, and bending moment
3. Trusses

Topic 10

Torsion and Springs

1. Deformation in circular shaft due to torsion
2. Torsion equation
3. Angular deflection
4. Hollow and stepped circular shaft
5. Extension and Torsion Springs
6. Spring constant
7. Stresses in helical springs
8. Deflection of helical springs, carriage springs
9. Lab testing for torsion

Topic 11

Principal Stresses and Strain

1. Transformation of plane stresses
2. Principal stresses and strain
3. Maximum shear stresses and strain
4. Mohr’s circle for plane stresses and strain
5. Components subjected to bending, torsion, and axial loads

Topic 12

Thin and Thick Cylinders, Spheres

1. Stresses in thin cylinders
2. Deformation in thin and thick cylinders
3. Spherical shells subjected to internal pressure
4. Deformation in spherical shells
5. Lame’s theorem
6. Exam revision

Software/Hardware Used


  • Software: SolidWorks

  • Version: 2016 x 64

  • Instructions: N/A

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


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