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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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

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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