Course Title: Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2013
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
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tel. No. +6199254661
Tel. No. +61 3 99254668
Nominal Hours: 60
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
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
1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a
2. Apply principles of mechanics in the analysis or design of an engineering solution
2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work
3. Verify, document and interpret outcomes
3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are
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.
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)
Please note: while your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and the availability of resources. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non teaching hours.
1. KINSKY, Roger: ENGINEERING MECHANICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS, McGraw-Hill 1986
2. IVANOFF, Val: ENGINEERING MECHANICS, McGraw-Hill, 1996
3. HIBBELER, Russell C: ENGINEERING MECHANICS - STATICS, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2004
4. Class Notes & Exercises
TEACHER’S CLASS NOTES & Web References
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.
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)
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.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in all elements listed above. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they will be asked to demonstrate their competence in assignment, tests and the Lab report which will be used to assess their competence.
All assessments for this course must be successfully completed to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) grade. Only if Competency is achieved will a graded result be given using the coding choices listed below:
CHD: Competent with High Distinction
CDI: Competent with Distinction
CC: Competent with Credit
CAG: Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment
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
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