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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Fundamental principles of engineering statics
    • Vector operations and force vectors
    • Moment and couple moment
    • Equivalent force system and distributed forces
    • Supports and free body diagram
    • Equilibrium: particle and rigid body
    • Centre of gravity and centroid
    • Planar truss
    • Centre of gravity and centroid
    • Moment of inertia
    • Frictions
    • Introduction to dynamics fundamentals
  • Study resources

    • 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 materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

Equivalent subjects

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

  • USA-ENR117

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


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

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - This subject has a 2 day on-campus attendance requirement. The on-campus schedule for Study Period 2 is 9am Wednesday 11 July 2018 to 5pm Thursday 12 July 2018. The schedule for Study Period 4 is 9am Monday 7 January 2019 to 5pm Tuesday 8 January 2019 (TBC Nov 2018).
  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • OtherDetails -

    Travel and accommodation resources

    Financial support

In the subject, 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 subject 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 subject has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the degree page.

  • Project report (20%)
  • Online participation (10%)
  • (50%)
  • Online Quizzes x 5 (20%)

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