Course Outline

MEC205 Dynamics 1

Course Coordinator:Tongfei Tian ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


We live in a dynamic world. Most Mechanical Engineering systems include components and mechanisms that are in motion e.g. the movement of a piston which results in the propulsion of the vehicle. The principles of dynamics underpin your engineering degree. This course follows on from the Engineering Statics and considers systems that are not in equilibrium i.e. with velocity and/or acceleration. The course reviews basic concepts and develops a number of theories and principles to assist in the analysis of the motion of particles, bodies, interconnected bodies, mechanisms and geared systems.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Students are required to watch a pre-recorded learning material in Canvas 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Students are asked to solve the tutorial questions based on the theories and methods in the learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • The Free Body Diagram Method: its application to solve problems involving the forces on particles and rigid bodies, and to determine their resulting linear and curvilinear motions;
  • Mechanisms: how to analyse and derive the velocities and accelerations of their rigid body components;
  • The Work Energy method: its application to solve problems involving the motions of systems of particles;
  • Newton's Laws of Motion, Principles of Conservation of Energy and Momentum and Coulomb's Laws of Friction:  Their application to problems involving the plane motion of particles, bodies, interconnected bodies, and links within mechanisms;
  • Selection of the most appropriate of these techniques for a given problem;
  • Kinematic and kinetics analysis of plane mechanisms

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards
1 Explain basic kinematics concepts: displacement, velocity and acceleration (and their angular counterparts). Knowledgeable
1.1, 1.2
2 Apply basic dynamics concepts: force, momentum, work and energy Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2
3 Apply Newton's laws of motion and other basic dynamics concepts - the Work-Energy principle,Impulse-Momentum principle and the coefficient of restitution Empowered
2.1, 2.2
4 Solve dynamics problems by appraising given information and determining which concepts apply, and then applying an appropriate solution strategy Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.2, 2.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards
1.1 Knowledge and Skill Base: Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Knowledge and Skill Base: Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
2.1 Engineering Application Ability: Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Engineering Application Ability: Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


(MTH104 or MTH202) and ENG102 and enrolled in SC404, SC405, SC410, SC411 or SC425


Not applicable


ENG205 or MEC2401 (USQ)

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Some questions used in the previous year's assessment will be peer-reviewed in Week 3's tutorial. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 30%
Short answer
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
2000 Words
Week 9 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
2 hours
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1:Online activities
This is an ongoing introductory task that ensures you have a firm foundation in dynamics principles and applications. You will explain basic kinematics concepts - displacement, velocity and acceleration (and their angular counterparts) as they relate to real engineering problems. You will then apply basic dynamics concepts - force, momentum, work and energy to solve problems.
Product: Quiz/zes
Weekly short answer responses to a selection of questions. The assignment report is to be submitted via Canvas.
Submit: weeks 3 - 12
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of the explanation and/or numerical result
1 2
Application of dynamics concepts
All - Assessment Task 2:Assignment
The assignment is designed to evaluate your knowledge of dynamics concepts and to demonstrate the use of standard methods to analyse and solve dynamics problems.
Product: Written Piece
A number of engineering problems involving motions of particles and rigid bodies will be given. You will respond by analysing the problem and providing a solution by applying mathematical methods.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of the application of dynamics concepts
1 2
Identification and verification of the system being analysed using sketches and modelling
Appropriate solution strategy
2 3
Communication of results
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Examination
The final exam is designed to evaluate your sound knowledge of dynamics concepts and for you to demonstrate that you can use standard methods to analyse dynamic systems.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
You will respond to a set of questions representing problems from dynamics systems
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of the explanations of basic dynamics concepts
1 2
Application of the dynamics concepts
1 2
Appropriate solution strategy
2 3
Communication of results

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required R. C. Hibbeler 0 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics in SI Units, Global Edition 14 Pearson

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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