Engineering Mechanics

Subject ENGR20004 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of labs/tutorials.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Postgraduate -

  • Enrolment in a Master of Engineering program

Undergraduate -

  • For Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce students:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
  • For Bachelor of Environments students: from 2013
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

pre 2013 ENVS10003 Constructing Environments



Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit



Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to modelling the stresses and deformations that occur when axial, torsional and flexural loads are applied to a body in static equilibrium; as well as the translational and rotational motions that eventuate in a body upon different load applications.

Topics to be covered include free-body diagrams; equilibrium; force systems; stresses, coordinate systems; deflections, kinetics and vibration.

This material will be complemented with laboratory and project based approaches to learning.


Upon completion of this subject students should be able to -

  • Formulate problems in statics and dynamics by choosing suitable system boundaries and identifying relevant forces and coordinate systems
  • Analyse the equilibrium of systems of forces in two dimensions
  • Determine the loads and stresses experienced by components of common engineering structures such as trusses, frames and beams
  • Describe and analyse the motion of particles and rigid bodies using three-dimensional vectors
  • Apply the principles of impulse-momentum and work-energy to solve problems in the dynamics of simple machines and vibrating structures

Assessment includes -

  • Two midsemester tests (2 x 7.5% = 15%)
  • Weekly online quizzes (5% total)
  • Assignments and laboratories (4 x 7.5%) due in weeks 3, 7, 10 and 12 of the semester. The total length of the assignments will not be more than 5000 words.
  • One three hour end of semester exam (50%)

Students will need a mark of at least 50% in the exam to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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

On completion of the subject students should have the following skills -

  • The ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • The ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be leader or manager as well as an effective team member

ENGR20004- summer teaching dates : Tues 15th Jan to Friday 22nd Feb, exam will be held during the following week.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
B-ENG Electrical Engineering stream
B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Master of Engineering (Structural)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Mechanical Engineering

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