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SFY0010 : Mechanical Science

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Philip Hyde
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


A rigorous first level introduction to engineering approaches and problem-solving in mechanics (statics, dynamics) and thermodynamics as a basis for Stage 1 study in a broad range of engineering sciences and applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

"Mechanics (50% of the module)

Vector quantities and operations on vectors; Equilibrium of a particle: concurrents forces in a plane, parrallel forces in a plane, equilibrium equations, free-body diagrams, system of pulleys. Friction: Coefficients of Friction, angles of friction, equilibrium on an inclined plane. Equilibrium of a rigid body: resultant forces and moments, reactions and supports, statical determinacy and stability, Dynamics of particles: Newton's laws of motion, rectilinear motion, uniformly accelerated motion, motion on an inclined plane and projectiles.

Thermodynamics (50% of the module)

Physical quantities and equations, dimensions and consistency, unit system and SI, unit conversions; measurement of pressure and temperature, energy, work and power, heat and energy, specific heat, kinetic theory and ideal gas law, real gases, solids, liquids and gases (vaporisation, latent heat, saturated states); introduction to heat transfer; first law (conservation of energy), typical processes, engineering cycles; flow processes, heat exchanges."

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Recordings of lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion85:0040:00Revision for summative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion81:008:00Alternative summative online assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Online tutorials synchronous
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion42:008:00Asynchronous Q&A session run over a day
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Reviewing notes from recording/tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and illustrate the physical and mathematical approaches required to apply this to a range of engineering-based problems. Tutorials assist the students to put into practice the principles and methods taught in the lectures, develop problem solving skills, check understanding of the material and enable the students to receive additional help as required.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1201A50Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M10Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Computer assessment1M10Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Computer assessment1M10Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Computer assessment1M10Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Computer assessment1M10Online assessment (NUMBAS/Canvas)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MMonthly formative exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer-based examination is used to confirm the students' success in achieving the Intended Learning Outcomes.

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