Advanced Dynamics

Subject MCEN90041 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 x 1 hour lectures and 12 hours of workshops
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 200 hours


One of the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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:


Assoc Prof Denny Oetomo


Dr Denny Oetomo


Subject Overview:

This subject continues from Dynamics to deepen the students’ understanding of Engineering Mechanics, specifically focusing on Analytical Mechanics:

  • Kinematics and Generalised Coordinates
  • Virtual Work and Virtual Displacement, Generalised Force
  • Energies: Kinetic, Potential
  • Lagrange approach: dealing with constraints
  • Lagrange’s Approach to obtaining equation of motion
  • Comparison to Newton-Euler Approach
  • Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Linearisation of system dynamics about equilibrium points (system stability about equilibrium points.
Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Having completed this unit the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Independently formulate physical and mathematical models for three-dimensional dynamic analysis of mechanical systems
  2. Solve the mathematical models by means of specialised analytical and numerical methods.
  • One written 3 hour closed book end of semester examination (60%). ILOs 1-2 are addressed in the exam.
  • One mid-semester 1 hour test in week 8 (10%), ILOs 1-2 are addressed in the test.
  • Three written assignments not exceeding 30 pages in total (30-35 hours of work), due in weeks 4, 6, and 11 (30%). ILOs 1-2 are addressed in these assignments.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

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

• Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
• Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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