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Module Title
Engineering Analysis 1
Reference EN3501 Version 4
Created May 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 9
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended May 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to analyse and interpret the static and dynamic structural behaviour of engineering system components.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Determine the natural frequencies and mode shapes of linear and rotational vibrational systems having two, three and more degrees of freedom (of vibration isolators and absorbers, rotational machinery, gear shaft systems and shafts).
2 Apply dynamic theory and use of numerical calculations for problems related to vibration.
3 Analyse the behaviour of structural elements such as struts, cylinders, plates and rotating components.
4 Apply static load theory for standard cases in stress concentration and fatigue.

Indicative Module Content
Dynamics of engineering systems of two and more degrees of freedom; vibrational analysis of engineering components; basic numerical methods for dynamic analysis; Rayleigh's energy method; the mechanics of engineering materials in common components such as struts, cylinders, plates and rotating components; effects of stress concentrations; fatigue analysis and life predictions of components.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered by means of lectures, tutorials and self-guided study and is integrated with applications in the laboratory.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 46 46
Non-Contact Hours 104 104
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 4
Description: Component 1 consists of a dynamics coursework assessing learning outcome 2 (15% weighting) and a statics coursework assessing learning outcome 4 (15% weighting).
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 3
Description: Closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
To pass the module, you must achieve a 40% weighted average mark from the exam and coursework. In addition you need to achieve at least 35% in both the individual exam and coursework components.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A =>70% and above
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Mechanics of Solids (EN2701) and Dynamics (EN2500), or their equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 RAO, S.S., 2003. Mechanical Vibrations (International Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
2 THOMSON W.T., 1996. Theory of Vibrations with Application. 4th ed. Cheltenham, England: Nelson Thornes.
3 MERIAM, J.L. AND KRAIGE, L.G., 2002. Engineering Mechanics -vol. 2 Dynamics. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
4 HEARN, E.J., 1997. Mechanics of Materials, Vols. 1 & 2. 3rd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
5 CASE, J., CHILVER, L. AND ROSS, C.T.F., 1999. Strength of Materials and Structures. 4th ed. London: Arnold.
6 BENHAM, P.P., CRAWFORD, R.J. AND ARMSTRONG, C.G., 1996. Mechanics of Engineering Materials. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman.


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