Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Lizi Sironic



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • October intake 2016 (Day)


This unit develops a process for the analysis and design of static and dynamic structures and mechanisms using engineered materials. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the fundamentals of mechanical, civil and material engineering will be explained and the basic concepts of loads and motions are introduced.
Team based projects will highlight the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering. These concepts will be practised through hands-on projects carried out by teams. Communication and teamwork skills will be developed through teamwork tasks.


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

  1. describe, with examples, the multi-disciplinary nature of modern engineering problems
  2. describe, with examples, the role of engineers in the design of structures and mechanisms in modern society
  3. identify different structural forms (including beams and trusses) and translate physical structures into appropriate models for analysis and design
  4. apply fundamental concepts of kinematics and kinetics to analyse motion of particles and rigid bodies
  5. apply energy methods to analyse the motion of particles and rigid bodies
  6. describe the key properties of structural materials for specific applications
  7. define, measure and summarize the importance of the microstructure of materials and analyse the microstructure-property relationship
  8. explain how different material processing routes directly influence material structural properties
  9. develop and apply problem-solving techniques that demonstrate knowledge and application of the technical content considered in the unit
  10. recognize and apply systematic principles of engineering design
  11. complete tasks as part of a team and communicate effectively with team members
  12. prepare and present oral and written reports in a professional engineering format.


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours of laboratory/workshop activities and 7 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)






ENG1020, ENG1040, ENG1050