Course Title: Mechanics of Machines

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics of Machines

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 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 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


520T Future Technologies


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT City Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are required to have successfully completed the courses MATH2167 Mathematics 1 and MANU2112 Engineering Science, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills, knowledge required to describe and analyse the effects of forces on the motion of particles, rigid bodies and vibrating systems, in order to predict dynamic behaviour as a basis for engineering design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Relate basic concepts/principles of work-energy methods and impulse and momentum principles to the solving of engineering problems
2. Explain the kinetics of particles or rigid bodies moving with planar motion.
3. Analyse and solve engineering problems relating to the dynamic behaviour of vibrating single-degree and two-degrees of freedom, undamped and damped systems.
4. Relate basic principles to applications of vibration transducers / accelerometers.


Overview of Learning Activities

The following activities will be the part of teaching activities:
1. Face to Face Teaching: To obtain an introduction to fundamentals and principles followed by examples related to the topics mentioned in the syllabus.
2. Personal reading (prescribed sections of the text book) to reinforce/strengthen their understanding of principles and applications.
3. Practice sheets: student need to attempt solving practice sheets alone and with friends, and participation in team based learning will be helpful.
4. Assignments: Assignment will challenge students through application oriented problems, and will enhance problem solving skills.
5. Simulation, Videos, Lab sessions: To understand the keep concepts, practical applications, analyse results, students are encouraged to watch video on special topics available in the Carlton library.
6. Assessments: It may involve in-class assessments, online quizzes, lab work, practical assessment and final examination.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT".
The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

Overview of Assessment

☒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 1: Tests and Quiz 
Weighting towards final grade: 40% 

Assessment 1 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 


Assessment 2: Lab work 
Weighting towards final grade: 20% 

Assessment 2 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 


Assessment 3: Final Assessment  
Weighting towards final grade: 40% 

Assessment 3 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4