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Engineering Mechanics (ENGR20004)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeENGR20004
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to provide 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 subject to different load applications. This material will be complemented with laboratory and project based approaches to learning.

The subject provides the basis for all the mechanical engineering subjects that follow. The calculations introduced in this subject are the most common type of calculations performed by professional mechanical engineers in all sectors of the industry.


Topics to be covered include free-body diagrams; equilibrium; force systems; stresses and strains; coordinate systems; statically indeterminate systems; flexure; bending under combine loads; torsion; power transmission; kinematics; relative motion; particle kinetics; impulse and momentum; vibration; rigid body motion; angular impulse and momentum; work and energy.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

1 - formulate problems in statics and dynamics by choosing suitable system boundaries and identifying relevant forces and coordinate systems;
2 - analyse the equilibrium of systems of forces in two dimensions;
3 - determine the loads and stresses experienced by components of common engineering structures such as trusses, frames and beams;
4 - describe and analyse the motion of particles and rigid bodies using three-dimensional vectors;
5 - apply the principles of impulse-momentum and work-energy to solve problems in the dynamics of simple machines and vibrating structures.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students are expected to have the ability to:

  • apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
  • communicate effectively;
  • have in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;
  • undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • 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.

Eligibility and requirements


Postgraduate students:

Admission into an MC-ENG Master of Engineering program

Undergraduate students:

For Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedicine, and Bachelor of Commerce students:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2
Summer Term
Semester 2

For Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Design students:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENGR10005 Statics
Semester 2

Please note that ENGR10005 can be substituted with the following prerequisites, if the subjects were taken prior to the years listed:

  • Pre 2013 - ENVS10003 Constructing Environments
  • Pre 2017 - ENVS10009 Structural Environments



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYC10003 Physics 1
Semester 1
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Weekly online quizzes (5% total). Requiring a total time commitment of 5 hours. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1-5 addressed in these tests.
  • Assignments and laboratories ( 30% total; 4 x 7.5%). Due in weeks 3, 7, 10 and 12. Requiring a total time commitment of approximately 30 hours. ILOs 1-5 addressed in these assignments.
  • One mid-semester test - 1.5 hour (15%). Test will be held in week 7. ILOs 1-5 addressed in these tests.
  • One 3 hour closed book written end of semester exam (50%). ILOs 1-5 are addressed in this exam. The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

The examination paper will consist of problems designed to test whether the student has acquired the ability to apply fundamental principles to the solutions of problems involving statics and dynamics. The problems set for the exam will be similar to those undertaken in the workshops.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    CoordinatorDaniel Chung
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of labs/tutorials.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period14 January 2019 to 22 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date22 January 2019
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 1 March 2019
  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorKathryn Stok
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of labs/tutorials.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019
  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorDaniel Chung
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of labs/tutorials.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources

    Meriam JL and Kraige LG, Engineering Mechanics : Dynamics 7th Edition

    HGibbeler RC, Statistics and Mechanics of Materials 3rd Edition

  • Subject notes


    Students will have access to lecture notes, lecture slides and workshop questions on LMS.


    A 2 hour question and answer session with representatives from industry will be hosted for Engineering Mechanics students.

    ENGR20004- 2016 summer teaching dates: 9th Jan to 17th Feb, the exam will be held during the following week.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019