Course Title: Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET6335

Course Title: Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Leon Mattatia

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4668

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Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply mechanics concepts and principles to solve problems common to all engineering fields. This includes forces, moments, friction and frames.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP231 Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems


1. Identify mechanic principles embedded in an engineering problem

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.3 The engineering problem is determined through requests, design briefs or equivalent and clarified with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Where appropriate expert advice is sought with respect to the engineering problem and according to enterprise procedures.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Apply principles of mechanics in the analysis or design of an engineering solution

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Industry codes, regulations and technical documentation relevant to the engineering problem are interpreted and understood.
2.3 Where appropriate, tables and graphs are used to obtain computational data.
2.4 The appropriate assumptions underlying the engineering problem are made and recorded.
2.5 The most appropriate analytical, computational or design methodology is selected and can be justified.
2.6 Resources and equipment required are identified, obtained and checked as fit for the purpose.


3. Verify, document and interpret outcomes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are
3.2 The results of the analysis or design are recorded
and documented in accordance with requirements
and enterprise procedures.
3.3 Where appropriate, results are graphed and/or
charted and interpreted.
3.4 If required, a formal report to present outcomes is
prepared according to enterprise procedures
3.4 Outcomes of analysis or design are verified and
discussed with appropriate personnel.

Learning Outcomes

Not applicable.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in applying the Principles of Mechanics, specifically in the area of Engineering Statics to specific structures and/or items of machinery. The unit of competency enables the student to calculate Forces and Moments (Turning Effects) essential in determining stresses used in Engineering Design.

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, practical work and mainly tutorials/assignments to achieve these objectives.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Tutorial work & Practical Assignments challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.

Teaching Schedule

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION TO COURSE - Discussion of Course content, References and Assessment requirements; Overview of Topic 1:. Force/Moment Systems

SESSION 2: Types of Force System - Coplanar/Non Coplanar, Concurrent/Non Concurrent; Equilibrium implications; Forces and Gravity.

SESSION 3: Force Vector Analysis - Vector Diagrams, Resultants & Equilibrants. Equilibrium of Coplanar, Concurrent Force Systems.

SESSION 4: Equilibrium of Coplanar, Concurrent Force Systems.

SESSION 5: Moments & Torque - Resultant & Equilibrant Moments - Methods: First Principles, Varignon’s Theorem. Resolution of a Force into a Force & a Moment.

SESSION 6: Characterstics and calculation of Moments of Couples; Methods: First Principles, Shorthand formula

SESSION 7; Calculation of Moments & Couples/Tutorial/REVISION 

SESSION 8: REVISION/Class assessment - UNIT TEST No. 1 (Major Assignment No. 1 due)  

SESSION 9: Equilibrium of Coplanar, Nonconcurrent Force Systems-Reaction Forces & Moments in Statically Determinate Structures.  

SESSION 10: Equilibrium of Coplanar, Nonconcurrent Force Systems-Reaction Forces & Moments in Statically Determinate Structures.

SESSION 11: Law of "Dry Friction" - Static & Kinetic Frictional Forces on horizontal surfaces.

SESSION 12: Law of "Dry Friction" - Static & Kinetic Frictional Forces on inclined surfaces; wedges, etc.

SESSION 13: Force Analysis of Pin Jointed Frameworks - Calculation of Internal Forces (Method of Joints) 

SESSION 14:  Force Analysis of Pin Jointed Frameworks - Calculation of Internal Forces (Method of Joints/Method of Sections)

SESSION 15: Force Analysis of Pin Jointed Frameworks - Calculation of Internal Forces (Method of Sections)/REVISION 

SESSION 16: Laboratory Practicals: (Beam reactions or Friction on an Inclined plane or Pin Jointed Frameworks)

SESSION 17: UNIT TEST No. 2(Major assignment No. 2 & Laboratory Practical Report Due)

(NOTE: Session(s) may be added if required & order of sessions may vary slightly)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




3. HIBBELER, Russell C: ENGINEERING MECHANICS - STATICS, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2004 

4. Class Notes & Exercises

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate of a variety of methods including written / oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are required to submit assessment activities to their teacher / assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Major Assignment - 20%

2. Laboratory Practical Report - 10%

3. Unit Tests (x2) - 70% (i.e. 35% EACH)

Students must satisfy ALL Elements of Competency and gain a pass (50%) in EACH of sections 1., 2. & 3. above in order to gain this competency. The overall Graded Assessment is out of 100 Marks and will be based on the results obtained for the Major Assignment, Practical Report & Unit Tests (50/100 is the Pass Mark)

All assessments will include relevant problems involving force & moment analysis applied to practical engineering applications. You will need to demonstrate your understanding of underlying physical principles and your ability to perform appropriate calculations.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment task 1 (Major Assignment)  (20%) covers Elements 1 - 3 of competency

Assessment task 2 (Practical Report)  (10%) covers Elements 1 - 3 of competency

Assessment task 3 (Unit Tests 1 & 2)  (70%) covers Elements 1 - 3 of competency

Other Information

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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