SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1H124588
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide a basic knowledge of fundamental concepts and techniques of solid engineering mechanics including statics and basic Dynamics and the importance of application of these basic structural analysis methods in solving engineering design problems.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Statics: Composition and Resolution of forces, Moment and their applications, parallel forces and couples, Equilibrium of forces. Support reactions, Shear force and bending moment diagrams of simply supported, cantilever and overhanging beams subjected to different types of loads. Center of gravity and Moment of inertia of plane areas, Principles of friction Analysis of frames: Analysis of statically determinate perfect frames, Plane frames, Force analysis, Method of joints, Method of sections. Dynamics: Kinematics: Kinematics of Linear Motion: Velocity, Acceleration, Equations of motion in straight Line. Kinematics of Curvilinear Motion: Circular Motion, Rotation and Translation: Angular Velocity, Angular Acceleration, Equations of Motions along a Circular Path, Types of Rigid Body Motion. Kinetics: Newton's Laws for Motion, Motion in an inclined smooth surface, Motion on an inclined rough surface, Analysis of the motion of two bodies connected by a string. Analysis of the motion of two bodies connected by a string when one body is lying on a horizontal surface and the other is hanging free. Momentum and Angular momentum, Laws for rotary motion, kinetic energy due to rotation, total kinetic energy of a body, D' Alembert's principle and Dynamic Equilibrium, D. Alembert's principle applicable to rotary motion.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Identify statically determinate and indeterminate structures.[B1,D1]2. Determine the forces in statically determinate frames and beams using equilibrium based methods of force analysis.[A1,B1]3. Identify the support reactions; shear force and bending moment of beam.[B1,C4,D1]4. Determine the canter of gravity of different sections.[B1,D3]5. Determine the moment of inertia of different sections.[B1,D3]6. Apply the friction applications in engineering-science[B1,C4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures with laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Relevant theoretical background required will be discussed during practical hours before conducting the experiments. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Bansal, R.K., 2011. A Text Book of Engineering Mechanics, 5 th ed; Bangalore-India; Laxmi Publications (P) Ltd. 2. Bolton, W., Mechanical Science. 2nd Edition, Blackwell Science, 2008. (Dynamics & Structures) 3. Croxton and Martin.2001. Solving Problems in Structures Vol 1; Longman Publications. 4. Gentle, R., Edwards, P & Bolton, W., 2001. Mechanical Engineering Systems. Butterworth Heinemann Publications. 5. Hulse, R., & Cain J., 2000. Structural Mechanics - 2 nd ed., 6. Palgrave Mac Millan. 7. Johnson, A. & Sherwin, K., 2001. Foundations of Mechanical Engineering. Nelson Thornes. 8. Khurmi R. S. 2006. A Textbook of Engineering Mechanics. 5 th ed. New Delhi; S. Chand and Company Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35%  Unseen written examination-1½ Hour
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45%  Unseen written examination-2Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% The course Consists of Quiz as formative assessment. The laboratory report and viva voce is considered as linked summative assessment