Engineering Dynamics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment (30%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

This unit will introduce the fundamentals of engineering dynamics. It will develop the skills in how to model and analyse the motion of particles and rigid bodies as a foundation for dynamic analysis of mechanical systems. This fundamental unit will also help develop engineers eyes to understand how machines work, and develop an engineering mindset to present and communicate work in a clear and concise written format.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the fundamental underlying concepts and principles of engineering dynamics
  2. apply various techniques to analyse planar, circular and angular motion
  3. use a range of methodologies to analyse motion and kinetics
  4. define and solve problems in engineering dynamics.
  • Assignment (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Practical 1 (10%)
  • Quiz (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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  • Broadband access — Recommended
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to dynamics and vectorial approach to dynamics (with emphasis on planar motion).
2Kinematics of particles.
3Kinetics of particles.
4Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Virtual Classroom

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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