ENEM14015 - Dynamic System Modelling and Control

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This project-based learning unit examines the behaviour of mechanical systems. You will apply knowledge of engineering science and mathematics to model and analyse mechanical systems and consider the nature of engineering assumptions, and the effects of uncertainty on modelling and analysis. You will apply vibration and control theory, design and analyse linear and non-linear mathematical models and use simulation software to predict the behaviour of mechanical systems in the industry. You will have opportunities to work individually and in teams to complete projects and to develop interpersonal and technical communication skills. You will prepare professional documentation of problem solutions and project reports. Online students are required to have access to a computer. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Pre-requisites: (ENEM12007 Statics and Dynamics or ENEM12010 Engineering Dynamics) and MATH12225 Applied Computational Modelling

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 2 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Project (applied) 20%
2. Project (applied) 25%
3. Laboratory/Practical 25%
4. Portfolio 30%

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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 40.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.78% 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: Result trends
This unit covers good understandings of the principles of vibration analysis.
The current contents of this unit may not need to be further modified at the moment.
Action Taken
The unit content remains as it is.
Source: Result trends
The group project based learning method used in this unit results in unsatisfactory outcomes for some of the students.
Advice and activities should be added to Moodle to encourage students to engage in project work and report writing earlier in the term
Action Taken
Continuous timely communications with the students.
Source: SUTE Unit comments.
Extremely high workload and many assignment questions follow on from other questions making it hard if the first question is unsolved.
Strategies to support students commencing the team assessment earlier in the term should be developed to properly distribute the work and begin cooperation among the team members.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: UC reflection.
Most students do not look at the assessment items until the last minute. Hence, they have trouble working as a team keeping some busy and some idle raising dissatisfaction.
Authentic practical engineering examples relevant to the theoretical contents should be provided throughout the term.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: Course committee meeting feedback.
The unit received low score in useful knowledge/skills category.
Authentic practical engineering examples relevant to the theoretical contents students learn need to be repeated throughout the term.
Action Taken
In Progress
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design mathematical models that analyse and evaluate mechanical systems
  2. Apply control theory and control system approaches to mechanical systems
  3. Justify the role of engineering assumptions in building mathematical models of mechanical systems
  4. Relate theory to problems of introducing, operating and maintaining mechanical systems in the industrial context
  5. Identify and evaluate engineering uncertainty and the limitations of mathematical models
  6. Work collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs
  7. Create professional documentation using mechanical systems terminology, symbols and diagrams.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 1N 7N )

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4N )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4I 5I 6I 7I )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4I 5N 6I )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4I 5I 6A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4I 5I 6I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4I 5I 6I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4I 5I 6A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1A 2I 3I 4I 5A 6I 7I )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4A 5A 7I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A 5A 6I 7I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1A 3A 4A 5A 6A 7A )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1I 2I 4A 5I 6I 7I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4I 5N 6A 7I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 1A 2I 3I 5I 6A 7I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I 7A )

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Project (applied)
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - Portfolio
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
1 - Project (applied)
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - Portfolio