ENME203-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Dynamics and Vibrations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Dynamics and kinematics of machine elements; derivations and fundamental analysis of equation of motion of single-degree-of-freedom systems; vibrations: free and forced vibrations (harmonic, periodic, quasi- and aperiodic), introduction to computational methods to solve differential equations (Euler, Newmark-Beta), multi-degree-of-freedom systems.

The course will equip students with in-depth knowledge in dynamics, vibrations, and kinematics as a fundamental element of Mechanical Engineering and a prerequisite to proposed streams in subsequent professional years.

Learning Outcomes

 Understanding of how to codify real-life observations (related to things in motion) with the help of mathematic-mechanical expressions.
 Ability to derive equations of motion of mechanical systems (machine elements and machines) by taught kinematic and dynamic methods.
 Ability to analyse mechanical systems for linear behaviour.
 Ability to independently apply methods and analysis to a wider and yet-unknown spectrum of real-life engineering problems.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Stefanie Gutschmidt


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 40%
Project Part 1 06 Aug 2021 10%
Project Part 2 17 Sep 2021 10%
Test 21 Sep 2021 30%
Project Part 3 08 Oct 2021 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Hibbeler, R C; Engineering Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics ; 14th; Pearson, 2016.

Inman, D J; Engineering Vibration ; 3rd; Prentice Hall, 2008.

Meriam, J L. Kraige, L G; Engineering Mechanics ; 6th; Wiley, 2007.

Moon, F. C; The machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux : kinematics of machines from the Renaissance to the 20th century ; Springer, 2007.

Palm, W J; Mechanical Vibration ; John Wiley, 2007.

Rao, S S; Mechanical Vibrations ; 5th; Prentice Hall, 2011.

Software; The MathWorks Inc ; Release 14; MATLAB Student-Version, 2004.

Steidel, Robert F; An introduction to mechanical vibrations ; 3rd ed.; Wiley, 1989.

Wilson, Charles E. , Sadler, J. Peter; Kinematics and dynamics of machinery ; 3rd ed; Pearson Education, 2003.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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 Mechanical Engineering .

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