Course Title: Mechanics and Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics and Materials

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Coordinator Location: RMIT City Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your capabilities in mechanics and materials. It aims to provide the fundamentals for the analysis of materials, structures, and some of their applications in digital technology. It introduces various engineering materials including metals, composites, plastics, adhesives and recognizing the process used to construct objects. Students will gain knowledge about atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures and defects, elastic and plastic deformation etc. Dislocations and strengthening and failures like fracture, fatigue, and creep and how heat treatment affects the properties of materials are also introduced. The mechanics of materials e.g. internal loads of shear force, axial force and bending moments are examined in this course along with the introduction to tensile stress-strain curves of engineering materials and the concepts of elasticity and elastic limit. Students will also gain knowledge about rotational dynamics and static equilibrium, principle of kinematics and dynamics, and their application to solve engineering problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

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.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1.Describe various classes of materials and explain the structure and characteristics of materials.
2. Define mechanical and other notable properties of materials: metals, plastics, composites and electronic materials.
3.Explain Strengthening and failures of metals with fatigue, creep and fracture.
4.Determine the properties of commonly used metals, their alloys, and, plastics and justify material selection for specific use.
5.Describe deformation and of metals and how heat treatment affects the properties of metals.
6.Solve simple engineering problems by applying principles of kinematics and dynamics.
7.Apply principle of rotational dynamics and static equilibrium to well defined engineering problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
● Lectures and Tutorial sessions : To obtain an introduction to fundamentals and to get underpinning knowledge and applications of this knowledge to the engineering mechanics and materials.
● Personal Reading (section of the reference text book): To reinforce/strengthen your understanding of principles and applications.
● Videos, simulations and lab sessions: To understand key concepts and practical applications, and analyse results.
● Quiz(s): The quiz, assessed during semester, provides information both to the student and the lecturer about the progress of the learning process and the feedback helps to improve where needed.
● Assignments: Assignment Part A and Part B covering all the topics will be part of the assessment.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the course CANVAS. Your course CANVAS will give you access to important course-related information such as announcements, staff contact details, online lecture notes and exercises, tutorials, assignment, and other learning resources. Access to CANVAS will be instructed in detail during the course introduction session. Lists of relevant reference books at RMIT libraries will be available as well.
You are advised to check your student e-mail account daily for important announcements.

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:  Quiz

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

 this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO  1.1, 1.2, 1.3,1.6, 2.1, 3.2

CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7

Assessment 2:  Laboratory Reports

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO  1.1,1.2,1.3,1.6, 2.1, 3.2

CLO  2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7

Assessment 3: Assignment

Assignment 1 Part A – 20%

Assignment 2 Part B – 20%

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.6, 2.1,3.2

CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7