Course Title: Analyse loads on frames and mechanisms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: MANU7354C

Course Title: Analyse loads on frames and mechanisms

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vettrivel Chinnadurai

Ph: +61 3 9925 4661

Appointment by email

DR.Amita Iyer

Program Manager 


Nominal Hours: 80

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

MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
MEM23007A Apply calculus to engineering tasks
MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the analysis of loads on mechanisms, frames and structural support elements, such as linkages, rods, shafts and beam elements within machines and mechanisms. It includes safe working practices, work health and safety (WHS) compliance
requirements, function and features of frames and mechanisms, load and deflection analysis for static and dynamic elements, and traditional and software-based techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23121A Analyse loads on frames and mechanisms


1. Establish scope of frame and mechanism analysis

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Determine compliance requirements of relevant WHS and regulatory requirements, codes of practice, standards and risk assessment and for design and use of machines and equipment
1.2  Identify features, functions, operating conditions and performance requirements of frames, beams and mechanisms
1.3  Investigate sustainability implications of frames and mechanisms
1.4  Review design loads, working stresses, allowable deformations and factor of safety for elements
1.5  Review element arrangements, assembly and fastening methods
1.6  Identify any complex load calculations to be done with or obtained from a professional engineer
1.7  Establish availability of other technical and professional assistance
1.8  Identify and evaluate appropriate analysis techniques, software and software validation techniques
1.9  Identify stakeholders to be consulted on selection tasks


2. Analyse loads and performance of frames and mechanisms

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Estimate static and dynamic operating conditions and determine design or selection parameters
2.2  Optimise frame, beam and mechanism elements for strength, deflection, arrangement and fastening
2.3  Review analysis with stakeholders and make any required adjustments
2.4  Confirm compliance of frames and mechanisms with WHS and regulatory requirements, standards and codes of practice


3. Report results

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Record results of scoping, principles and techniques identification and analysis
3.2  Provide documentation, such as calculations, specifications diagrams and drawings

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

This course clustered with MANU7353C Select mechanical machines and equipment components (MEM23120A). You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Assignments
  • Project Work 

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

EA 1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA 1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA 1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA 1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA 2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA 2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
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

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM23121A & MEM23120A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

Course Schedule




Week 1

Introduction to the course. Shear and Bending stress in beams

Week 2

Cartesian vectors. Resultant force in 3D

Week 3

Moment of force in 2D and 3D

Week 4

Deflection of beams. Macaulay's method

Assessment 1: Online quiz

Week 5

Truss analysis

Week 6

Truss analysis. Beam deflection lab practical

Week 7


Week 8

Strain energy. Impact loads

Week 9

Columns. Thin-walled pressure vessels

 Assessment 2: Lab reports due

Week 10

Stresses and deflections in compound bars

Week 11

Thermal stresses in bars

Week 12

Combined stresses


Week 13

Torsion of shafts with AS1403

Week 14

Bolted joints

Week 15

Welded joints

 Week 16


Assessment 3: Assignment due

 Week 17


Assessment 4: Final competency Test

 Week 18


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Online Quiz Assessment 2: Beam Analysis Practical Lab Assessment 3: Truss Analysis Practical Lab Assessment 4: Group Based Assignment
Assessment 5: Competency Test

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria Assessment 1
Assessment 2
Assessment 3
Assessment 4
Assessment 5
1.1 X X X X  
1.2 X X X X
1.3   X X X  
1.4 X X X X X
1.5   X X X  
1.6   X   X X
1.7   X X X  
1.8 X X X X X
1.9   X X X X
2.1 X X   X X
2.2   X X X
2.3       X X
2.4       X  
3.1 X X X X
3.2   X X

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Online Quiz, Week 4 Assessment 2: Beam Analysis Practical Lab, Due Week 9 Assessment 3: Truss Analysis Practical Lab, Due Week 9  Assessment 4: Group Based Assignment, Due Week 16
Assessment 5: Competency Test, Week 17/18
This course final result will be assessed as Competent or Not Yet Competent.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM23121A Elements & Performance Criteria

Elements/Performance Criteria 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2
Assessment 1 - Online Quiz  X X


Assessment 2 - Beam Analysis Practical Lab X X X X X X X X X X X

Assessment 3 - Truss Analysis Practical Lab X X X X X

Assessment 4 - Group Based Assignment X X X X X X X X X X X
Assessment 5 - Competency Test

Assessment vs MEM23120A Elements & Performance Criteria

Elements/Performance Criteria 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 4.2
Assessment 1 - Online Quiz 



Assessment 2 - Beam Analysis Practical Lab X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Assessment 3 - Truss Analysis Practical Lab X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Assessment 4 - Group Based Assignment X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Assessment 5 - Competency Test X


Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies  

       Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies         
Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Online Quiz   X  X      X  X  X  X        X  X
 X  X
Practical LabS  X  X   X  X  X  X  X  X  X    X   X  X  X  X
Assignment  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
competency Test  X  X   X  X  X  X  X   X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
All assessments
 4  3  2  1  3  2  3  3   3 1 1  4  3  3  3  3
All assessments
4 3 2 1 3 2 3 3 3 1 1 4 3 3 3 3

0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate 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

Assessment 1 - Online Quiz 

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
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  • Relevant
    •  Current
    •  Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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