MECH06005 2019 Engineering Mechanics 101
The student will learn how to analyse simple systems of forces, graphically and analytically and perform simple calculations involving friction, stress and strain and determine centres of gravity of various figures.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Analyse systems of concurrent, coplanar forces using graphical and analytical methods
Compute relevant parameters relating to simple stress and strain
Compute centres of gravity for regular and irregular figures using graphical and analytical methods
Carry out simple computations relating to friction
Teaching and Learning Strategies
1. Lectures with learners practising problems under lecturer's supervision
2. Practical class where learners have opportunity to practice problems alone but with lecturer's assistance, if required.
Module Assessment Strategies
1. 2 hour written final exam
2. 1 hour midsemester assessment
3. Submission of practical copy
Repeat Assessments
Learners may repeat terminal exam at the autumn sitting and if repeat CA is required learners may resubmit practical copy before the autumn repeat.
Indicative Syllabus
 Fundamental units and systems of units mass, length and time. Gravitational force. Derived units for force, area, volume and density
 Laws of equilibrium. Concurrent coplanar forces. Triangle, parallelogram and polygon of forces. Equilibrant and resultant of a system of forces. Equilibrium. Resolution of forces into components and analytical solutions. Moment of a force

Stress and strain. Hooke’s Law. Young’s Modulus of elasticity. Ultimate stress. Factors of safety. Tensile tests

Centre of gravity for regular and irregular plane figures, graphically and analytically. Link polygon.

Friction Limiting friction. Sliding friction. Angle of friction. Inclined planes. Coefficient of friction
Indicative Practicals/Projects
 Graphical solution of concurrent coplanar systems of forces using triangle, parallelogram and polygon of forces
 Analytical check of graphical solutions by resolution of the forces
 Stress and strain. Young’s modulus of elasticity
 Graphical and analytical determination of centres of gravity of irregular figures
 Friction
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
Coursework Assessment
Title  Type  Form  Percent  Week  Learning Outcomes Assessed  

1  Written exam (1 hour)  Continuous Assessment  Closed Book Exam  10 %  Week 8  1,2,3 
2  Written report  Practical  Project  30 %  Week 15  1,2,3,4 
End of Semester / Year Assessment
Title  Type  Form  Percent  Week  Learning Outcomes Assessed  

1  Terminal exam  Final Exam  Closed Book Exam  60 %  Week 15  1,2,3,4 
Full Time Mode Workload
Type  Location  Description  Hours  Frequency  Avg Workload 

Lecture  Flat Classroom  Lecture  3  Weekly  3.00 
Tutorial  Flat Classroom  Structures practical  1  Weekly  1.00 
Independent Learning  Not Specified  Independent learning  3  Weekly  3.00 
Online Learning Mode Workload
Type  Location  Description  Hours  Frequency  Avg Workload 

Lecture  Not Specified  Lecture  3  Weekly  3.00 
Tutorial  Not Specified  Structures practical  1  Weekly  1.00 
Independent Learning  Not Specified  Independent learning  3  Weekly  3.00 
Required & Recommended Book List
20160311 Basic Structures John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118950879 ISBN13 9781118950876
Basic Structures provides the student with a clear explanation of structural concepts, using many analogies and examples. Real examples and case studies show the concepts in use, and the book is well illustrated with full colour photographs and many line illustrations, giving the student a thorough grounding in the fundamentals and a 'feel' for the way buildings behave structurally. With many worked examples and tutorial questions, the book serves as an ideal introduction to the subject.
20151221 How Structures Work John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119012276 ISBN13 1119012279
Structural engineering is central to the design of a building. How the building behaves when subjected to various forces  the weight of the materials used to build it, the weight of the occupants or the traffic it carries, the force of the wind etc  is fundamental to its stability. The alliance between architecture and structural engineering is therefore critical to the successful design and completion of the buildings and infrastructure that surrounds us. Yet structure is often cloaked in mathematics which many architects and surveyors find difficult to understand. How Structures Work has been written to explain the behaviour of structures in a clear way without resorting to complex mathematics. This new edition includes a new chapter on construction materials, and significant revisions to, and reordering of the existing chapters. It is aimed at all who require a good qualitative understanding of structures and their behaviour, and as such will be of benefit to students of architecture, architectural history, building surveying and civil engineering. The straightforward, nonmathematical approach ensures it will also be suitable for a wider audience including building administrators, archaeologists and the interested layman.
2001 Introduction to Structural Mechanics Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN 0333962559 ISBN13 9780333962558
Teaching the fundamental principles of structures via simple explanations of the theory and numerous worked examples, this text assumes little or no prior experience in the subject matter.
Module Resources
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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZOZfX_TaWAEzhyvNT1e9jbmTt4Eqo8C0
https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/forcesnewtonslaws
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