SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1H324800
Module Leader Don McGlinchey
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Higher Grade Physics or equivalent

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge of mechanical engineering science and principles, and apply them to the design and analysis of engineering components. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning Activity Type , is 55%. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Solid Mechanics: Force analysis applying static equilibrium, support reactions, pin-jointed frames, method of sections, joint resolution, friction on an inclined plane, shear force and bending moment diagrams, centroids and second moment of area for symmetrical sections, parallel axis theorem for unsymmetrical sections, direct stress and strain, elastic behaviour, shear stress, bending stress, factors of safety. Dynamics: Analysis of linear and non-linear motion for translational and angular systems, Newton's laws of motion, moment of inertia, radius of gyration, angular torque and power, centrifugal force, momentum and impulse, simple harmonic motion of a singledegree-of-freedom system.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. apply the principles of static equilibrium to 2-dimensional force systems;2. determine the shear force and bending moment variation along a loaded member;3. evaluate stress and strain in typical engineering components under the action of direct, lateral and thermal loading;4. apply the principles of kinematic and dynamic behaviour to particles and rigid bodies;5. calculate energy, momentum and impulse in dynamic systems;6. understand the principles of simple harmonic motion and vibration.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of issues and concepts. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G., Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, SI Version, Wiley, 2008 Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G., Engineering Mechanics - Statics, SI Version, Wiley, 2013

Transferrable Skills

Development of skills in problem analysis and solving, numerical analysis, laboratory experiments and measurements, and design considerations. Writing technical reports, presenting results - written, orally and visually.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Assessment (FT) 9.00
Independent Learning (FT) 55.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Dynamics
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Statics