Course Title: Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MIET7534

Course Title: Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. A R M Muniruzzaman
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Civil Engineering
Tel: (03) 9925 4415
Fax: (03) 9925 4189


Anita Mehmi
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Civil Engineering
Tel: (03) 9925 2011
Fax: (03) 9925 4189

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:

VU21100 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 Expert advice is sought with respect to the engineering problem and according to enterprise procedures, where appropriate
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 Relevant 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 Tables and graphs are used to obtain computational data, where appropriate.
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 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 Relevant OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 The results of the analysis or design are recorded and documented in accordance with requirements and enterprise procedures.
3.3 Results are graphed and/or charted and interpreted, where appropriate
3.4 A formal report to present outcomes is prepared according to enterprise procedures, if required
3.4 Outcomes of analysis or design are verified and discussed with appropriate personnel.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities are listed in powerpoint slides the under Course resourses on the BlackBoard.

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:
• Tutorials
• Exams 

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountabilityEA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership

Teaching Schedule


Topics Delivered Elements/Performance criteria

Introduction to the course and OH&S requirements.

Force and gravity, Moment and Torque

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5
2Equilibrium of Forces and Moments2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
3Supports, Recations and Free-body diagram2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
4Friction2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
5TEST  and   Journal submission1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
7Plane truss; properties2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
7-8Plane truss; joint and section method of analysis2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
9Axial force, Shear force and Bending moment equations2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
10Axial force2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
11-12Shear force and Bending moment diagrams2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
13Properties of plane figures and Volumes2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
14Stress, Strain, poisson’s ratio, modulus of elasticity / rigidity, Factor of safety and allowable stress2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
15Thermal stress; coefficient of linear expansion2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
16Thin walled pressure vessels; axial and hoop stress2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
17/18 EXAM and Journal submission2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"Engineering Mechanics"  Val Ivanoff "   "Structural Mechanics"  Nageim/Durka/Morgan/Williams


Other Resources

  • Multimedia Resource            
  • Recommended Videos and DVDs
  • RMIT online learning resources are located on RMIT Online Learning Hub. Follow the link to log in
  • The Learning Hub ( Blackboard) is the central point of access to the online courses in which students are registered.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.


Assessment 1: Test Part A

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 2: Journals

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 3: Test Part B

Weighting towards final grade (%) 50

These tasks assess the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Element/Performance Criteria Covered  Assessment 1 - Test Part AAssessment 2- JOURNALS Assessment 3- Test Part B
2.1 xx
2.2 xx
2.3 xx
2.4 xx
2.5 xx
2.6 xx
3.1 xx
3.2 xx
3.3 xx
3.4 xx
3.5 xx

Assessment Tasks

This is a competency-based course and competency must be demonstrated for each element (shown above) to achieve
competency for the course.
The elements and performance criteria are contained within the topics as listed in the teaching schedule on the BlackBoard.
Each topic will be assessed using the form of assessment and weighting shown below.
Please note that the topics listed in the assessment matrix below refer to the topics in the learning guide and teaching
schedule and do not refer to the elements shown above.
Assignment task will require a student to demonstrate that all the tutorial problems have been genuinely attempted and need
to be submitted as evidence of the work done in order to receive the allocated marks.

TEST                     30 %         WEEK 5
JOURNAL 1           5 %          WEEK 5
JOURNAL 2        15 %          WEEK 17
EXAM                    50 %         WEEK 17 / 18


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs VU2100 Elements & performance criteria

 VU2100 Elements & performance criteria
TEST x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
JOURNAL 1 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
JOURNAL 2       x x x x x x x x x x x
 EXAM       x x x x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies  

 Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies        
AssessmentsEA 1.1EA 1.2EA 1.3EA  1.4EA  1.5EA  1.6EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
TEST 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
JOURNAL 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 2 0
JOURNAL 2 3 3 1 1 1 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 0
EXAM 3 3 1 1 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
All assessments VU2100  2 3 1 1 1 0 3 3  1 0 1 0 2 2 2 0
0Graduate attribute is not assessed.        
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.                  
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.                

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• Relevant
• Current
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(from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
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