Course Title: Apply engineering mechanics principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: MIET7548C

Course Title: Apply engineering mechanics principles

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

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

Serge Eljaste
Phone: +613 9925 4661

Amir Fard
Phone: +613 9925 4668

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

MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the application of mechanics and strength of materials principles to devices, machines and systems and their components in order to identify key mechanical properties. It includes a range of basic analyses of static and dynamic loads and moments, stresses and deflections, velocities and accelerations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles


1. Identify scope of required analysis

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify device, machine or system and component parts for analysis
1.2 Assess engineering mechanics principles, skills and techniques required by tasks
1.3 Review functions and features of devices, machines and systems
1.4 Assess software techniques required for basic analysis and graphics required by the task
1.5 Identify stakeholders to be consulted on analysis tasks
1.6 Confirm work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements, risk management and organisational procedures
1.7 Review sustainability implications of tasks
1.8 Determine available sources for any required technical and professional assistance


2. Apply engineering mechanics principles and techniques to tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify appropriate engineering mechanics principles and analytical, graphical and software-assisted techniques applicable to task
2.2 Validate software results using analytical and graphical methods
2.3 Ensure clear and logical process of analysis and compatibility of units in calculations
2.4 Apply resultant loads and reactions on machines, support frames and beams due to parallel and oblique, concentrated and distributed loads and moments
2.5 Apply the torque and power required to drive translation screws and winding drums against inclined and vertically suspended loads subject to gravitation, acceleration and friction resistance loads
2.6 Select a range of standard hardware to meet specifications
2.7 Analyse bending and shear stresses in beams subject to static point and distributed loads


3. Report results

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Record results of investigation, evaluation and application
3.2 Provide documentation, such as calculations, diagrams, programs and files

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the three clustered competencies (MIET7548C, MEM30005A, MEM30006A ) and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Laboratory work

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster in conjunction with MATH5335C & MATH5336C. You must enrol in all three courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies MIET7548C, MATH5335C & MATH5336C.

Elements and Performance Criteria for (MATH5335C) MEM30005A Calculate force systems within simple beam structures:

1. Determine the resultant and equilibrant of systems of coplanar forces
1.1. Calculate the magnitude and direction of the resultant and equilibrant of coplanar force systems
1.2. Calculate the line of action of a resultant using the principle of Moment
2. Determine nominal sizes for a simple horizontal beam subject to a combination of uniform and point loading
2.1. Support reactions for a simply supported horizontal beam using the equations of equilibrium and including the moment effect of a couple are calculated
2.2. The possible types of failure that need to be considered are determined
2.3. Shear force and bending moment diagrams are drawn
2.4. Bending stress is determined
2.5. Calculations are completed to determine the nominal size for the beam
2.6. Factors of safety are applied to finalise nominal size of beam

Elements and Performance Criteria for (MATH5336C) MEM30006A Calculate stresses in simple structures:

1. Determine stresses in simple structures and mechanical components
1.1. The shear stresses in simple bolted connections are determined
1.2. The nominal weld size or length of weld required on simple welded connections is determined to meet load requirements
1.3. Torque distribution diagrams are drawn and used to calculate torsional shear stress and angle of twist on threaded bolts subjected to torques
2. Verify stress levels using appropriate reference material
2.1. Appropriate reference materials are used to verify that stress loading is acceptable and in accordance with standard operational procedures
2.2.Verification results are reported according to standard operational procedures

Engineers Australia Mapping Information: 

This course and other two clustered competencies are mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies MEM23109A, MEM30005A, MEM30006A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for the 3 clustered competencies MIET7548C, MATH5335C and MATH5336C is detailed below:

Week Topic Delivered Elements / Performance Criteria

Introduction to course, course guide, assessments, topics breakdown, resources, equipment (in the lab) & OHS issues. Review functions and features of devices, machines and systems. Resultant force calculation.

MEM23109A: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1-2.3 MEM30005A 1.1

2 Equilibrium of forces. FBD. Calculation of unknown forces MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3 MEM30005A 1.1
3 Moment of force. General equilibrium. Support reactions MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3 MEM30005A 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
4 Support reactions on normally supported and cantilever beams from point and distributed loads MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.4 MEM30005A 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
5 Lab practice/demonstration. MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.4 MEM30005A 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
6 Loads. Tensile stress. FOS. Strain. Hooke’s law.

MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3 MEM30005A 2.2

7 Compressive and Thermal stresses MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3 MEM30005A 2.2
8 Shear stress. Modulus of rigidity. Poisson’s ratio. Polar and Second Moment of Inertia. MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3 MEM30005A 2.2
9 Shear force and Bending moment diagrams MEM23109A: 2.4, 2.7 MEM30005A: 2.3, 2.4
 10 Deflection of beams. Selection of Universal beams MEM23109A: 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2 MEM30005A: 2.3 - 2.6
 11 Torsion of shafts. Torque distribution diagrams MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3;     MEM30006A:1.3
 12 Bolted connections MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3; MEM30006A:1.1, 2.1, 2.2
 13 Welded connections MEM23109A:2.1 – 2.3; MEM30006A:1.2, 2.1, 2.2
 14 Friction. Angle of friction. Friction on inclined plane. MEM23109A: 2.1 - 2.3, 2.5
 15 Mechanical drives. Power screws. MEM23109A: 2.1 - 2.3, 2.5
 16 Revision  MEM23109A: 1.1, 1.5 – 1.8, 2.1 – 2.3, 3.1, 3.2; MEM30005A:1.1
 17 Working procedures. Documentation, OH&S. MEM23109A: 1.4 - 1.8, 3.1, 3.2; MEM30006A:2.1, 2.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Roger Kinsky. Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials. McGraw-Hill
Val Ivanoff. Engineering Mechanics. McGraw-Hill


Other Resources

The course notes are available on BlackBoard.

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: Portfolio exercises

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

Assessment 2: Laboratory practical report
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 3: Online Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Elements/Performance Criteria Portfolio exercises Lab practical Online Test
1.1 x x x
1.2 X X X
1.3 X X  
1.4 X X  
1.5 X   X
1.6 X   X
1.7 X   X
1.8 X   X
2.1 X X X
2.2 X X  
2.3 X X  
2.4 X X  
2.5 X X  
2.6 X X X
2.7 X X  
3.1 X X  
3.2 X X  


Assessment Tasks

• Work Journal – Progressive assessment, 60 %
• Laboratory practicals report 10 %
• Online test – 30%

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM23109A Elements & Performance Criteria

MEM23109A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 3.1 3.2
Work journal X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Lab Work X X X X         X X X X X X X X X
Online Test X X     X X X X X         X      






Assessment vs MEM30005A Elements & Performance Criteria 

MEM30005A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6
Work Journal X X X X X X X X
Lab Work     X   X X    
Online Test X X   X     X X


Assessment vs MEM30006A Elements & Performance Criteria

MEM30006A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3  2.1 2.2
Work Journal X X X X X
Lab Work     X    
Online Test X X X  X X


Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies                                                                                                                                       

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
   EA1.1 EA1.2 EA 1.3 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
Work Journal X X X X X X X X X X            
Lab Work X X X X X X         X X X X X X
Online Test  X  X  X  X  X  X  
MIET7548C 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 2


MATH5335C 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 1
MATH5336C 3 3 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 30 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge 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 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration.



Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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