MEC1011 : Mechanics I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A university first course in mechanics for engineers with an appropriate background in mathematics and physical science to equip students with basic knowledge and skills of applied mechanics required by a mechanical engineer.

Outline Of Syllabus

STATICS: Use of free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction.
DYNAMICS: Newton's second law for linear and rotating systems; moment of inertia and radius of gyration, parallel axes theorem; introduction to vibration.
MECHANICS OF MACHINES: Speed, power and torque of machines, introduction to the kinematics and dynamics of drives.
KINEMATICS: General plane motion of rigid bodies, instantaneous cente of rotation.
STRENGTH OF MATERIALS: Stiffness relationships, Hooke's law, stress and strain, elastic modulus; failure in tension and shear; Euler-Barnoulli beam theory, bending stress, 2nd moment of area, Euler buckling theory, sheer force and bending moment; plane stress, pressure vessels, principal stress/strains; failure criteria, use of strain gauges.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Computer based class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00Support classes for students following Semester One exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:303:00Semester 1 and Semester 2 examinations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion440:3022:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture223:0066:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include calculation ex, skills dem, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying enginering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
- Tutorials support the students' self-study in applying 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 experimental techniques.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A45N/A
Written Examination902A45N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M10Reporting of practical work (3 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. A separate Semester 1 exam identifies students requiring additional support in Semester 2.
- Laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software use 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.

For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations):

(1) 90% Exam (Sem 1 & 2)

(2) 10% Laboratory Practical (Sem 2)

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