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Unit information: Engineering Mechanics in 2015/16

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Unit name Engineering Mechanics
Unit code CENG10003
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Ibraim
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


There are certain basic engineering concepts like units and dimensional analysis, centre of gravity and moments of inertia of objects, force and moments, vectors, equilibrium and stability, pressures which Civil Engineers must have at their finger tips. The aim of this element is to make sure you have these.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

ULO 1. Use confidently the relevant SI units to the common engineering variables and be able to assess the dimensional homogeneity of equations and basic problems; PLO A1-2; B1; C2

ULO 2. Be able to calculate areas and volumes, centre of gravity and centroid, first moments; PLO A1-2; B1; C2

ULO 3. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of force and moment, vectors, equilibrium and stability of objects; use Newton’s laws and describe the motion of systems; PLO A1-2; B1; C2

ULO 4. Apply fundamental physics principles to a range of basic problems in the area of engineering mechanics. PLO A1-2; B1; C2


  1. Units and dimensional analysis
  2. Centre of gravity, moment of inertia
  3. Equilibrium of rigid bodies; forces and moment of forces
  4. Friction between rigid bodies
  5. Stability of systems
  6. Kinematics
  7. Hydrostatics

Teaching details

11 hours of lectures (not including reading week)

11 hours of example classes (not including reading week)

Assessment Details

Class-based test (100%) and as a supplimentary a coursework assessment

1st attempt: class-based test (week 9)

2nd attempt: class based test (week 12)

Supplementary coursework (by 1st September)

Reading and References

  1. Letts study guides (A-level Physics, A-level Maths).
  3. Other AS & A2 level study guides in Maths & Physics.