Module Catalogue

MEC2102 : Principles of Mechanics

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Lau
  • Demonstrator: Dr Mohamad Bin Hussen, Dr Eugene Wong
  • Lecturer: Dr Didier Talamona
  • Owning School: Mechanical & Systems Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module, firstly aims to bring all students to the level of Stage 1 competency in mechanics (statics and strength of material) and secondly to give students the knowledge and analytical skills in dynamics and simple machines.

Outline Of Syllabus

(1)       A review of system of forces and moments, equilibrium and free-body diagrams; constraints and degrees of freedom; centroids and centres of mass; moments of inertia of area; dry friction
(2)       Axial stress, shear stress, torsional stress; shear force and bending moments; second moment of area, simple beam theory, bending stress; beam deflection, superposition
(3)       Newton’s Laws for linear and rotating systems; moments of inertia of mass and radius of gyration; Kinematic analysis of linkages; 2D rigid body dynamics and kinematics; pure translation; general plane motion; kinetic energy of rigid bodies; strain and potential energy; energy methods; work & power; free and forced vibrations of damped single degree of freedom systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Mid Term Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester 2 examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion48:0032:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion600:3030:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture721:0072:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical45:0020:00Extended activity (computing class) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:3042:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.

Tutorials support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Laboratory work enables students to attain hands-on experience in analysing and solving real engineering problems using software modelling tools.

Computer-based modelling assignments and reporting of these develop essential professional engineering skills in this field.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M15Mid-term quiz (Semester 1 topics).
Written Examination1202A60All topics.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Stress Analysis assignment (max 7.5hours).
Practical/lab report1M5Report and assessment (max 7.5 hours).
Practical/lab report2M10Reports and assessments (max 7.5hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.

Laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software skills. The students will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles, which underpin the characteristics and uses of engineering discipline, with some deeper knowledge and understanding in a chosen topic.

The software simulation and analysis assignment covers essential professional skills that cannot be assessed realistically in an examination.

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