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 provides students with the engineering skills to analyse the dynamic behaviour of various mechanical components, mechanisms and machines. Both planar and three-dimensional dynamics are considered, including gyroscopic behaviour.
Students are able to (1) analyse the mobility and kinematics of planar and spatial mechanisms; (2) analyse the dynamic behaviour of rotating machinery including gyroscops; (3) apply momentum and energy methods to dynamical systems; (4) design mechanisms that meet specific performance criteria; (5) work effectively in a team and take responsibility for team outcomes; and (6) communicate findings effectively and concisely in written, oral and visual forms.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group reports; (2) preparation for workshops; and (3) examination. 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)
Professor Karol Miller
Unit rules
(CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation)
(ENSC2001 Motion
ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics)
(MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
Advisable prior study:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Contact hours
3 x 1 hour lecture each week; 1 x 2 hour workshop each week; 1 x 3 hour and 1 x 2 hour laboratories
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