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MECH6009 - Engineering Mechanics

Title:Engineering Mechanics
Long Title:Engineering Mechanics
Module Code:MECH6009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: BRIAN O ROURKE
Module Description: This module offers students an introduction to engineering mechanics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Determine resultants and apply conditions of static equilibrium to plane force systems
LO2 Identify and quantify all forces associated with a static framework
LO3 Generate and sketch shear force and bending moment diagrams
LO4 Derive and apply stress and strain relationships in members subject to axial force, bending moment and torsion
LO5 Solve problems in kinematic and dynamic systems
LO6 Undertake laboratory practicals and report results
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Forces systems and equilibrium
Forces, moments, reactions and equilibrium in simple 2-D structures
Static trusses
Determine whether a 2-D truss is statically determinate and, if so, solve for the axial forces in the members
Shearing-force and bending-moment diagrams
Construct shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams under various loading conditions
Stress and strain (axial stress, bending stress, torsional stress)
Relationship between stress and strain in members subject to axial load, bending moment and torsion
Kinematics and dynamics
Velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws of motion
Laboratory Sessions
Laboratory experiments of static and dynamic systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other In class assessment on the determination of forces in static frameworks. 1,2 10.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Submission of written up laboratory experiments. Typically five experiments to be carried out and written up every two weeks for final submission on week 13. 6 10.0 Week 13
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4,5 80.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 3.5 Every Week 3.50
Lab Laboratory session 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Tutorial Tutorial 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • P. S. Smith 2001, Introduction to Structural Mechanics, Palgrave Basingstoke [ISBN: 978-0-333-96255-8]
  • James L. Meriam L. G. Kraige , Jeffrey N. Bolton 2016, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, 8th Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-111904481]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • J. Hannah, M.J. Hillier 1995, Applied Mechanics, 3rd Ed., Longman [ISBN: 978-058225632]
  • R.C. Hibbeler 2016, Engineering Mechanics: Statics in SI Units, 14th Ed., Pearson London [ISBN: 978-129208923]
  • Bedford, Anthony 2003, Engineering mechanics: statics & dynamics, Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, NJ [ISBN: 0130082090]
  • J. L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige 2008, Engineering mechanics: Statics (Engineering Mechanics V. 1 1), 7th Ed., Wiley USA [ISBN: 978-111816499]
  • Phil Dyke and Roger Whitworth 2001, Guide to mechanics, Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 978-0-333-79300-8]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Institution of Structural Engineers 2019, Essential Knowledge Text No. 9, Essential Knowledge Series
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 3 Elective
CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EOMNI_8 Engineering Common Entry (Level 8) 1 Mandatory
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 1 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 1 Mandatory

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