Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Subject 436-121 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Summer Term, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

Upon completion, students should be able to calculate forces and moments in mechanisms and structures under load, determine torque and power transmission capacities of drive trains, solve problems involving basic kinematics and kinetics of simple spring-mass systems and acquire a basic understanding of the structure and mechanical properties of metals.

Topics include application of vector algebra to engineering systems, forces, moments, couples and resultants; properties of sections, analysis of machine components, friction, wedges and screws, power transmission systems; velocity and acceleration vectors, dynamics of simple systems and the concepts of momentum, impulse and conservation energy; atomic structure and bonding, structure of crystals, elastic deformation, plastic deformation and strengthening, fast fracture, fatigue, and creep.

Assessment: One 3-hour end of semester examination (85%) and two assignments of up to 1500 words each (15%) due throughout the semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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Students may only gain credit for one of 436-121 or 436-101 Engineering Mechanics and Materials.

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