Course Title: Dynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course deals with the motion of bodies under the action of single or multiple forces. It covers kinematics and kinetics of particles (rectilinear and curvilinear motions using various coordinate systems, force and acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum principles), planar kinematics (using analytical and graphical methods), kinetics of rigid bodies (using force and acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum principles), and vibration of single degree of freedom systems.

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
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources


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

  1. Describe and define the key concepts of kinematics and kinetics of particles
  2. Develop equations of motion and analyse simple systems of particles and rigid bodies under translational and rotational motion
  3. Describe and define the key concepts for vibration of simple dynamic systems
  4. Develop equations of motion and analyse the vibration of simple dynamic systems

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated through the laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course are the prescribed textbook, lecture notes and other recommended resources.

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 

Assessment Task 1: (Assignments & Quiz) (individual)
Weighting of final grade: Total 30% (Two minor assignments each 5%, One major assignment 10% and Weekly Quiz 1% per week for 10 weeks, i.e. total 10%)
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory (total 3 labs)
Weighting 15% (5% per laboratory)
Related course learning outcomes: 2, 4

Assessment Task 3: Class test
Weighting 15%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Description: Class test will cover all topics taught till end of week 5 of the semester. Class test will be conducted in the week 6 during tutorial classes. Class test will be closed book and closed notes. 

Assessment Task 4: Exam
Weighting 40%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Description: There will be a final exam that will assess all the topics from week 1 to week 12