Course Title: Advanced Dynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Dynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Reza Jazar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6080

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus 251.3

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study Analytical Mechanics, including kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, motion in relatively moving reference frames, work and energy, impulse and momentum, in 2D and 3D rigid body dynamics. Special attention is given to applications in mechanical and aerospace engineering including multi-body dynamics. By the end of the semester, you should be able to construct idealised (particle and rigid body) dynamical models and predict model response to applied forces using Newtonian / Lagrangean mechanics.

This course deals with advanced concepts in dynamics and assumes the knowledge of Newtonian dynamics of particles and systems of particles. You will learn the tools of analytical dynamics with the main goal of developing mathematical models that describe the dynamics of systems of rigid bodies. You will also learn to formulate equations of motion for complicated mechanical systems and methods for solving these equations. Formulation of mathematical models of the dynamics of real engineering systems will be an undercurrent in this course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes of the Master of Engineering:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities.
  • Apply understanding of mathematics, natural, physical, engineering, and computer sciences

4.Professional Practice

  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and measurement of engineering projects
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership


  • Be aware of knowledge development and research direction with the engineering discipline

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Derive the position, orientation, velocity, angular velocity, acceleration, and angular acceleration vectors associated with particle and three-dimensional rigid body motion.
  2. Formulate and solve three-dimensional kinematics problems using Euler angles, direction cosines or quaternions.
  3. Formulate and solve kinematics problems for multi-body mechanical devices with constraints.
  4. Derive the dynamic equations of motion for a three-dimensional rigid body using Newtonian/Lagrangean/Kane dynamics.
  5. Generate the dynamic equations of motion for systems of rigid bodies.
  6. Model, and express constraints. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is based on classroom teaching supplemented with tutorials, computer lab, and case study discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to use the assigned textbook in and out of class study time to keep up with the progress of the course. Some classes will be spent in case study modelling and analysing dynamic systems. It is essential that you devote sufficient time reading each subject ahead of the class in preparation for contributing actively to the discussion.

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 item:  Homework
Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Description: You will undertake problem-based homework related to the selected option of the course. This will involve dynamic case studies including problem definition, analysis, modelling, simulation, and interpretation of modelling and simulation results.

Assessment item:  Major Assignment
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Description: There will be a major assignment in which each student will analyse a real mechanical model. You will be required to develop a computer program to simulate and solve the developed equations of motion.

Assessment item:  Exam
Weighting of final grade: 50%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Description: The final semester exam will test your ability and understanding to analyse Mechanical Engineering problems, make the appropriate modelling as well as your ability to interpret the outcomes of a dynamic system.