Course Title: Engineering Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.02.031

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course uses the Laws of Mechanics to predict forces in and motions of machines and structures. The course is the key prerequisite course to sequences of courses dealing with mechanics of machines, stress analysis and design of mechanical systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

  • 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
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Use scalar and vector analytical techniques for analysing forces in statically determinate structures
  2. Apply fundamental concepts of kinematics and kinetics of particles to the analysis of simple, practical problems 
  3. Apply basic knowledge of maths and physics to solve real-world problems

Overview of Learning Activities

You will develop the necessary skills through attendance at lectures, through problem solving experience and laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is a Learning Guide, a prescribed textbook and several recommended references. 

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment Tasks

 Class quizzes

Weighting 28%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Weighting 12%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Mid-semester test
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Final exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3