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ENGG9802: Engineering Mechanics (2019 - Summer Main)

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Unit: ENGG9802: Engineering Mechanics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Jabbarzadeh, Ahmad
Dr Cafe, Peter
Session options: Summer Main
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG5802.
Brief Handbook Description: The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of and competence in solving statics and introductory dynamics problems in engineering. Tutorial sessions will help students to improve their group work and problem solving skills, and gain competency in extracting a simplified version of a problem from a complex situation. Emphasis is placed on the ability to work in 3D as well as 2D, including the 2D and 3D visualisation of structures and structural components, and the vectorial 2D and 3D representations of spatial points, forces and moments. Introduction to kinematics and dynamics topics includes position, velocity and acceleration of a point; relative motion, force and acceleration, momentum, collisions and energy methods.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Jabbarzadeh, Ahmad
Dr Cafe, Peter
Tutor/s: to be announced
Timetable: ENGG9802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 6
2 Tutorial 6.00 2 6
3 Independent Study 12.00 7
T&L Activities: Tutorial: 2 hour lecture is followed immediately by a 3 hour tutorial on two seperate days each week. Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Attendance at the first 2 hours of tutoials is compulsory. The tutorial problems from the specified text are listed on the documents on the unit website.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Be able to apply a logical approach for solving a complex engineering problem
2. Be able to draw a correct free body diagram for any engineering entity
3. Be able to calculate the value of unknown forces and moments acting on any three dimensional object from the equilibrium equations
4. Be able to calculate the force in an internal member of a simple structure
5. Be able to calculate the forces acting as a result of two objects in contact
6. Be able to find the centre of mass or centroid of an object
7. Be able to calculate reaction forces under action of distributed forces for different structures
8. Be able to use the principle of virtual work to calculate known forces for a system in equilibrium
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial Quizzes No 50.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: There are 6 tutorial quizzes, one conducted each week, on the topics of the previous two tutorials and accompanying lectures. They are closed book with calculators allowed. The best 5 out of 6 are counted for assessment as 50% of the final assessment mark.

The final exam covers all topics and contributes 50% of the final assessment mark.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Attendance at tutorial sessions is compulsory and will be recorded. If you are not at the correct tutorial (as per your University generated timetable) you will be marked absent. For each tutorial hour that you miss you will be penalised 1% from your final mark. If you miss more than 10% of the tutorials (4 hours for the semester) you will not have met the attendance requirements and will fail the unit of study with a maximum mark of 45%.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Couple and resultants
Revision: 2D examples
Introduction, Vectors, Newton’s Laws
Forces, Moments
Week 2 Moments and Couples in 3D
Resultants in 3D
Revision: 3D Examples
3D force systems
Week 3 Equilibrium in 2D
Plane Trusses: Methods of Joints
Equilibrium in 3D
Week 4 Plain Trusses: Method of Sections
Centre of Mass and Centroids
Frames and Machines
Space Trusses
Week 5 Centre of Mass and Centroids (cont)
Beams: Distributed forces for Beams
Types of Friction, Dry Friction
Flexible Belts
Week 6 Potential Energy and Stability
Principles of Virtual Work and Equilibrium
Week 13 Revision
STUVAC (Week 14) No lectures; No Tutorials
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.