BEng Mechanical Engineering

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Mechanics (Mechanical)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH11602
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


Engineering mechanics is both a foundation and a framework for most of the branches of engineering. The majority of the topics in mechanical and aerospace engineering are based upon this subject. Thus, the theme is critical to the engineering curriculum. The course serves to solidify the student’s understanding of applied mathematics and physics and provides settings to strengthen students' problem-solving abilities.

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•             To equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop and solve mathematical models of simple dynamical systems.

•             To enable students to apply fundamental mechanical principles to break down, simplify and analyse the behaviour of complex systems met in later modules of their engineering course.


 1) Kinematics: velocity and acceleration; multidimensional motion in Cartesian and polar coordinates; motion under gravity in 2 dimensions; variable acceleration.

(2)  Momentum: laws of motion in force-momentum, impulse-momentum and energy forms; conservation of momentum; direct and oblique collisions; friction; extended objects; centre of mass.

(3)  Energy: definitions of kinetic energy, work, power, efficiency; Mechanical Energy Principle; conservative and non-conservative forces; gravitational and elastic potential energy; virtual work and potential-energy criterion for equilibrium.

(4) Rigid body dynamics: rotational kinematics; rotational dynamics; moments of inertia; combined rotation and translation

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 15%
Practical skills assessment 5%

Feedback methods

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 2
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 68

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Roohoolamin Darvizeh Unit coordinator

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