Course Title: Engineering Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2019,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet3 2022,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: Not available

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course uses the Laws of Mechanics to predict forces in and motions of machines and structures. The course is the key prerequisite course to sequences of courses dealing with mechanics of machines, stress analysis and design of mechanical systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Use scalar and vector analytical techniques for analysing forces and moments in mechanical systems 2. Apply fundamental concepts of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies to the analysis of simple, practical problems 3. Apply basic knowledge of maths and physics to solve real-world problems

Overview of Learning Activities

You will develop the necessary skills through attendance at lectures, through problem solving experience and laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is a Learning Guide, a prescribed textbook and several recommended references. 

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 Tasks

The assessment tasks are in one of two schedules: A or B. You will be advised at the start of the teaching period which of the two schedules apply for any given teaching period and location.

Schedule A

Assessment Task 1 - GROUP ASSESSED tutorials across the whole course
Weighting 12 x 1% = 12%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 2 - Scheduled In-class/on-line tests
Weighting 5 x 6% =30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 3 -  Laboratory experiment
Weighting 8%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 4 Exam on Rigid Body Dynamics
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Schedule B  

Assessment Task 1 - 5 Problem Sets
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 2 - 2 Class Tests
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 3 -  Laboratory Reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3