ENGR102-23SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2023 start

Engineering Mechanics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 11 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 December 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 January 2024


A course for students advancing in Engineering programmes that requires in-depth analysis of components and structures, ENGR102 reinforces concepts of free-body diagrams and the mechanics of real life applications (both statics and dynamics).

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding (in simple, basic terms) what it means to codify real-life observations (relating to statics and dynamics) with the help of mathematic-mechanical expressions.

    Students will:
  • Calculate the resultant of force systems acting on rigid bodies.
  • Draw the free body diagrams at a point, a rigid body or for a group of rigid bodies
  • Calculate the moment of a force and couple vector in 3-D space using vector algebra.
  • Develop and solve the equations of equilibrium in 3-dimensions at a point, on a rigid body or a
    group of rigid bodies
  • Calculate the internal forces in engineering structures composed of simple trusses, frames, and
  • Have developed basic skills in kinematics, mass distribution of rigid bodies and dynamics, as well
    as have gained understanding of methods in classical mechanics
  • Have developed and be able to demonstrate basic skills to derive and to analyse the equations
    of motion for simple structures



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Derek Warner


There are approximately two questions assigned for each lecture (a total of 8 questions per week). Assistance for these weekly problems will be provided in each of the drop in sessions. The drop in sessions are an opportunity to receive one on one assistance with the weekly problems and to receive help with your specific questions. Each week’s homework problems will be posted on Learn in the Homework section. Additionally, pre-recorded videos of some lectures and worked examples are available via LEARN. This material is excepted to serve as a complementary study resource aiming to reinforce the different concepts studied during the course.

Preliminary quiz - This quiz is compulsory although no marks are given for the quiz. The quiz is designed to show students the expected level of prior learning in math and physics that are required for ENGR102. The quiz has the added benefit of demonstrating how the weekly quizzes will work on Learn. It is your responsibility to know how the Learn quiz tool works and this is an excellent opportunity to try the quiz tool before the formal quizzes start in Week 2. The quiz includes trigonometry, vector addition, and 1-D motion. It is suggested that students that do not perform well on the preliminary quiz should do extra review during the first week or risk being left behind before we even start. A number of online video resources that can help with your review have been identified on YouTube and a list of these resources can be found on Learn in the file Online Resources for ENGR102 Statics in the Week 1 Lecture 1 section of the Statics Lecture Material.

Weekly Quizzes - There will be weekly online quizzes as part of this course. The quizzes are intended to reinforce your learning and to provide formative assessment. The quizzes will be given through Learn and will include numerical and multiple-choice formats. The quizzes will open on Thursday evening at 5:00PM and close on Friday at 5:00PM. Once you start the quiz you will have 120 minutes to complete it. While you are taking a quiz, your internet browser will be locked to remind you that you are not permitted to search online for the answer. The quizzes comprise a significant part of the overall course grade, so it is critical to complete these each week. The final quiz grade in the course will drop the lowest individual quiz mark, so all students can miss a quiz without any effect on their course grade. No special consideration will be given for quizzes that are missed for any reason including illness, human error on your part, technology problems, etc. Typically, the statics quizzes will include 6 problems, 3 of the problems will be taken directly from the homework with only the variables being changed in the problems. The other 3 questions will be new questions that you have not seen before.

With two problems taken from the homework, it is critical that you complete homework and be sure you understand the material before attempting the quiz.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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