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MECH1310 Mechanics for Mechatronics and Robotics

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Chengxu Zhou

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

MECH1230Solid Mechanics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce the basic engineering principles required for analysing motion and the forces that produce it and to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural analysis and its application to the general field of engineering. Also to gain an understanding of engineering principles relating to structure and material property relationships.

Students will develop the ability and apply these techniques to tackle typical dynamics and structural problems and produce solutions for applications in mechanical engineering.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module a student should be able to understand and use:
i) Basic knowledge of the characteristic features of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
ii) Understand and use theoretical aspects of particle and rigid body kinetics and kinematics to solve dynamics engineering problems
iii) Understand and use theoretical aspects of equilibrium to analyse the stresses and design of engineering structures.

Skills outcomes
Analysis of engineering structures, static load stress and strain of structures, kinematics and kinetics of mechanisms and particles. A basic understanding of the characteristic of engineering materials.


1) Equations of Statics & Free Body Diagrams
2) Equilibrium of Forces and Moments
3) Bending Moments and Shear Force Diagrams
4) Torsion of Circular Bars
5) Bending Stress of Symmetrical Beams
6) Bending, Deflection and Slope
7) One dimensional particle kinematics
8) Two dimensional particle kinematics
9) Rigid body kinematics
10) Mechanisms
11) One dimensional particle kinetics
12) Two dimensional particle kinetics
13) Rigid body kinetics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class221.0022.00
In Course Assessment21.002.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours74.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reviewing lecture notes, solving example sheets, preparing for tutorials, class test and assignment. Revising for final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week and potential to have quiz every 2 weeks. 

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalLaboratory practical (Cantilever beam)0.00
PracticalLaboratory and report (Mechanisms Lab)20.00
In-course AssessmentClass Test (Statics)20.00
In-course AssessmentClass Test (Dynamics)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The resits will be addressed as part of the August examination which will cover the learning outcomes of the module.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2021 16:18:13


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