ENAM12002 - Mechanical Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to key concepts and principles of mechanical analysis. They explain how engineering structures and components carry and transmit loads, and analyse and determine properties of sections, forces in structures and assemblies, stress and strain in members and components, deflections, stresses in circular shafts, principle stresses and buckling of columns. Students analyse mechanical failures, determine fatigue life of components, and explain common assumptions made in analysis, their consequences and validity. Students are required to show they work productively, both individually and collaboratively, to solve problems, and document and communicate their work clearly in a professional manner.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: MATH11160 Technology Mathematics AND (ENAG11005 Mechanics OR ENEG11006 Engineering Statics) AND (ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers OR ENAG11003 Engineering Materials)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 50%
4. Written Assessment 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students have your say feedback
Feedback
The feedback on assessment needs improvement.
Recommendation
Improvements will be given.
Action Taken
Action was taken on the assessment improvements including clearer requirements, detailed feedback comments, and faster return to students. The students gave very good evaluations on them.
Source: Students have your say feedback
Feedback
Weekly reflections are still extra work
Recommendation
Reflections on 4 questions is not too time-consuming. It is important that students reflect upon their learning from time to time which is in line with the professional development outlined by Engineers Australia.
Action Taken
In this time one student mentioned Weekly Reflection to be time-consuming. For myself, I still think it is necessary. At least, I can see the student's progress each week. Whether or not it is kept will be decided after consultation with two unit reviewers.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The level of assessment problems can be improved.
Recommendation
It is a good suggestion. Earlier, a different cohort pointed out the high level of difficulty in the assessment problems. The questions were toned down in difficulty. Perhaps, there is scope of striking some middle ground here. The questions will be now more carefully examined and set to a more reasonable level.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
More opportunities for interaction will be provided through zoom sessions.
Recommendation
Presently, there are few interactive sessions with the students. Some students have requested more frequent interactive sessions. This will be explored and fortnightly Zoom sessions will be held to help such students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic concepts and principles of engineering mechanics
  2. Explain how engineering structures and components carry and transmit loads
  3. Analyse and determine: o Properties of plane cross sections o Forces acting in members of structures and assemblies in static equilibrium o Normal stress and strain in members and components in static equilibrium o Deflection of simple beams and trusses o Stresses in circular shafts o Principle stresses and maximum shear stresses using Mohr's circle o Buckling behaviour of columns
  4. Analyse failure of structures and components and determine fatigue lives of components
  5. Explain the nature of engineering assumptions and explain commonly made assumptions and consequent limitations of the validity of analyses based on such assumptions
  6. Communicate professionally and provide evidence of personal reflection on, and critical assessment of, team contributions and professional development
  7. Formulate and solve problems and record and communicate clearly and professionally the approach used to solve problems and the reasons for adopting such approaches to problems

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Engineering Associates.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment