Course Title: Vehicle Handling and Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vehicle Handling and Control

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Rory Gover

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7042

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for availability

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET1076 Dynamics and Control or equivalent

Course Description

 The course objective is to provide fundamental knowledge of the dynamics of ground vehicles.

Through a basic analysis of vehicle dynamics in performance, handling and ride modes, this course aims to train you to critically analyse vehicle modelling in order to have a better comprehension of dynamic and static behaviours of a vehicle and its subsystems.

This course will develop your understanding of the application of engineering analytical techniques as they apply to fundamental subsystems and components of the vehicle.

After this course, you will be able to reconcile competing demands inherent in the design of vehicles.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes

 Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Develop physical and mathematical models to predict the dynamic response of vehicles;
  2. Apply vehicle design performance criteria and how to use the criteria to evaluate vehicle dynamic response;
  3. Modify a model of a vehicle to enable it to meet design performance criteria;
  4. Use dynamic analyses in the design of vehicles

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will provide you the opportunity to familiarise with and develop various engineering problems related to static and dynamic response of vehicles. You are expected to review online video material, participate in online Q&A session, engaged with online computer classes and carry out associate reading. Video content and readings will be used to extend theoretical knowledge of vehicle dynamics. Q&A sessions will help you work on assignments and problem-solving exercises will facilitate a better understanding of vehicle dynamics

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes and prescribed texts will be the main learning resources. The main text book is available both in hardcopy and digitally for download from Library.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Weekly Knowledge Checks
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assignment 1
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2

Assignment 2
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 2,3,4

Assignment 3
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4