ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers particle and rigid body kinematics and kinetics presented through case studies of various mechanical components, mechanisms and machines. Both planar and three-dimensional dynamics are considered, including gyroscopic behaviour. Momentum and energy methods are applied to illustrate different approaches to solving problems.
Students are able to (1) apply momentum and energy methods; (2) analyse and evaluate the mobility and kinematics of planar and spatial mechanisms; (3) analyse and evaluate the dynamic behaviour of rotating machinery; (4) explain the conditions under which gyroscopic motion occurs and analyse systems that exhibit this behaviour; (5) describe and apply various control methods for robotic mechanisms; (6) design mechanisms that meet specific performance criteria; (7) work effectively in a team and take responsibility for team outcomes; and (8) communicate findings effectively and concisely in written, oral and visual forms.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) test(s) and a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the test(s) and a final examination component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Dianne Hesterman
Unit rules
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
ENSC2001 Motion
(MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
MECH3422 Mechanisms and Multibody Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour lectures full semester, 1 x 1 hour lecture for weeks 1 and 2 only; workshop: 1 x 2 hour workshop; laboratories: 2 x 3 hour lab sessions, plus 1 online lab
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