ENSC2001 Motion

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit focuses upon the analysis and prediction of motion in engineering systems. Topics include system identification and modelling; conservation and accounting principles; and the application of these techniques to electrical circuits, particles, rigid bodies and fluids. Students learn to solve problems using a systems approach.
Students are able to (1) define a suitable system and system boundary to allow engineering problems to be solved; (2) articulate the role of each component of a system in relation to the whole; (3) make appropriate assumptions to develop a system model; (4) draw schematics and free body diagrams to represent a model, and select a suitable reference frame and time scale to analyse behaviour; (5) apply conservation laws and accounting principles to simple electrical, fluid and mechanical systems; (6) evaluate differences between predicted and measured behaviour; (7) use discourse conventions relevant to the discipline; (8) locate and evaluate technical literature; (9) communicate working clearly and concisely in oral, written and visual forms; and (10) work effectively in a team and take responsibility for team outcomes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) readiness assurance; (2) project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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)
Dr Paul Stanwix
Unit rules
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges and (MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (for students who have completed MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1); none (for students who have completed MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
Contact hours
lectures: 14 hours; information sessions: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Beer, F. et al. Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics (SI): McGraw-Hill 2010

Cimbala, J. M. and Cengel, Y. A. Essentials of Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications: McGraw-Hill 2007

Glover, C. et al. Conservation Principles and the Structure of Engineering: McGraw-Hill 1996

Rizzoni, G. Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill 2007


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