Course Title: Dynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

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 theoretical concepts and experimental methods for study of vibration
  4. Develop equations of motion and analyse the vibration of simple dynamic systems

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and group project with 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 analysed 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1:10 Assessed tutorials 
Weighting: Total 10% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 2: Group Project
Weighting: 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 3:Quizzes (5 quizzes)
Weighting: total 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 4:Assignments (Mid-semester assignment and Final assignment)
Weighting 50% (25% per assignment)
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Description: Mid-semester assignment will cover topics taught till end of week 7 of the semester. Final assignment will cover topics taught during weeks 8-12 of the semester.