Engineering Mechanics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Project report (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In the unit, students will develop the analytical and problem solving skills to model and analyse forces, moments and their effects on the equilibrium state of particles, rigid bodies and structural members. The unit will cover the following topics: basics of Engineering Mechanics, Vector Operations and Force Vectors, Moment and Couple Moment, Equivalent Force System and Distributed Forces, Supports and Free Body Diagrams, Equilibrium: Particles and Rigid Bodies, Centre of Gravity and Centroid, Frictions, Planar Truss, Moment of Inertia and Introduction to Fundamentals of Dynamics.

Please note: This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the course page.

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

  1. clearly explain fundamental concepts, laws, principles, and techniques of Engineering Statics, as well as basic concepts of Dynamics
  2. competently develop proper free-body diagrams to depict physical configurations and force systems that govern the behaviour of a physical body
  3. correctly analyse and calculate effects of forces and moments on the equilibrium state of an engineering object or structure in a plane and in space
  4. effectively work, as an individual and in group, to apply acquired Mechanics knowledge to define problems and constraints, to extract critical information to develop solutions, and to communicate the results and problem solving processes with peers.
  • Assignment — Project report (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Participation — Online participation (10%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes x 5 (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENR117 — Mechanics and Physics

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

A good knowledge of Year 12 Physics and Mathematics is required.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit has an on-campus requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Requirements section of the course page.

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.

1Fundamental principles of engineering statics
2Vector operations and force vectors
3Moment and couple moment
4Equivalent force system and distributed forces
5Supports and free body diagram
6Equilibrium: particle and rigid body
7Centre of gravity and centroid
8Planar truss
9Centre of gravity and centroid
10Moment of inertia
12Introduction to dynamics fundamentals

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

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

This unit is a core requirement 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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