ENAM12004 - Dynamics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the analysis of the behaviour of objects in motion. You will be able to explain the motion of objects and solve problems involving objects experiencing constant linear and angular acceleration, and constant force and torque; and apply principles of conservation of momentum and energy to solve problems involving moving objects and simple machines. You will be able to solve problems involving friction, kinematics and dynamics, and oscillatory motion, forced vibration and resonance. You will be able to analyse static and dynamic balance of shafts and determine bearing reactions. Students are required to develop a capacity to work and communicate ethically and professionally, as individuals and in teams, to investigate and solve problems and present solutions professionally.


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

Pre-Requisites: ENAG11005 Mechanics or ENEG11006 Engineering Statics

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 - 2024

Term 3 - 2024 Profile

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 15%
3. Written Assessment 50%
4. Written Assessment 5%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% 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: Student's feedback
Class timing
As the students work full-time, the weekly after-hour class should be scheduled in the next offering.
Action Taken
Before the first week, a message was sent to the students about the class time suitability. Because there was no response, the class time was kept as scheduled.
Source: Student's feedback
Better to have clear assessment criteria with allocated marks for each criterion
Clear assessment criteria should be provided for written assessments 1 and 2, specifying marks based on the requirements.
Action Taken
Yes, clear assessment criteria were provided in the Unit Profile.
Source: student feedback
Provided clear and knowledgeable explanations and valuable feedback.
It will be kept and continuously updated.
Action Taken
Source: self reflection
Connected content to more real-world applications.
It is suggested that more real-world applications and examples are added in the lecturing content.
Action Taken
Source: staff feedback
Lecturing environment should be improved.
It is recommended that the lectures are conducted in a quiet place, like an AV classroom.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply kinematics and dynamics to the solution of practical examples of linear and rotational motion of particles and rigid bodies
  2. Apply the principles of conservation of momentum and energy to the solution of problems involving moving objects and simple machines
  3. Solve problems involving the effect of friction on the motion of objects and explain these effects
  4. Solve problems involving oscillating motion and explain the effects of oscillating motion, forced vibration and resonance on rotating machinery
  5. Analyse static and dynamic balance of shafts and flywheels and determine bearing reactions
  6. Communicate professionally and provide evidence of personal reflection on, and critical assessment of, team contributions and professional development
  7. 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 the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N)
2.3 Application of systematic design processes to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1N 2N)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 6N 7N)
1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I)
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 7I)
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 7I)
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 7I)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I)
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 6N 7I)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 6I 7I)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

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 10