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Fundamentals of Mechanics and Materials

Module titleFundamentals of Mechanics and Materials
Module codeINT1116
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Andrew Mackenzie Robertson (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module follows on from the Core Engineering module and introduces further concepts of Mechanics and Materials in preparation for a mechanical degree in Year 2. In this module we focus on classical mechanics, including fluid statics and dynamics, and materials, including  two sub-disciplines, material science and material engineering.

You will work through new topics each week with the aid of extensive learning materials, lectures, tutorials and experimental activities. You will undertake numerous elements of online continuous assessment throughout the module which will allow you to evaluate your understanding of the material and diagnose areas that require further attention. Continuous assessments provide ongoing feedback and support you to actively manage your learning.

The module is taught using a flipped learning methodology. Each week, you will review background materials and complete question sheets in preparation for tutorial sessions with your lecturers. A flipped learning methodology allows you to extract more benefit from guided tutorials, but also requires more upfront work by you in preparation.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills in Mechanics and Materials. It also consolidates a common knowledge base and begins the development of a learning methodology appropriate to a professional engineer. Through both continuous assessment and the end of year exams, the module encourages you to actively manage your own learning and seeks to develop your ability to communicate your understanding of engineering theory and concepts in a professional manner.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of shear forces and bending moments and construct shear force and bending moment diagrams for simply supported beams
  • 2. Use the knowledge of hydrostatics perform analyses of submerged and semi-submerged bodies
  • 3. Use knowledge of hydro-dynamics to perform analyses of fluids on motion
  • 4. Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical properties of materials and their implications
  • 5. Use the knowledge of material properties to anticipate the engineering component failure and improving the material safety
  • 6. Use knowledge of material structures and applying different techniques in improving material performance, including strain hardening and solid solution

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Utilise laboratory equipment correctly and safely, to make simple measurements
  • 8. Record and interpret the results of laboratory experiments
  • 9. Apply theoretical models to practical problems
  • 10. Write clear accounts of laboratory experiements

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 11. Carry out directed private study using textbooks, and other provided resources
  • 12. Set out calculations demonstrating solution of problems using theoretical models

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Shear Forces and Bending Moments

  • Introduction to shear forces and bending moments
  • Shear forces and bending moments in statically determinate beams and frames
  • Principle of superposition

Introduction to torsion

  • Torsion in circular bars
  • Nonuniform torsion


  • Pressure and head
  • Forces on submerged bodies and buoyancy


  • Fluid Flow and Types
  • Flow Continuity and Momentum Equations
  • Energy Equation
  • Applications of Energy Equation
  • Measurement Techniques

Plastic Material

  • Material response beyond the elastic range
  • Yielding
  • Strain Hardening
  • Necking
  • Fracture
  • Elastic recovery and reloading
  • Dislocation and hardening

Material Failure

  • Failure types
  • Stress intensity factor
  • Role of cracks
  • Fracture toughness
  • Application of fracture toughness in engineering design
  • Creep and stress relaxation
  • Fatigue

Construction Materials

  • Manufacture of structural steel
  • Concrete material properties (incl. hydration, curing, mix design)
  • Mechanical properties of steel and concrete (incl. ductility, creep and secant modulus)
  • Qualitative introduction to reinforced concrete
  • Qualitative introduction to pre-cast concrete
  • Basic introduction to bolting and welding

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities20Tutorials. These sessions will explore particular topics in greater depth and provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge by solving problems.
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities10Online pre-reading, lectures and other activities to support tutorial classes
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities10Laboratory sessions. The sessions develop practical skills and awareness of practical application of the subject material.
Guided Independent Study130Directed reading, assigned problems and web-based activities on ELE will develop learning at a pace appropriate for the individual student.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Question sets in tutorial sessionsVarious1-6Verbal in tutorial

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Online Examination (Open Book) Mechanics302 hours1-3, 12Individual students can request feedback after exam
Written Online Examination (Open Book) Materials302 hours4-6, 12Individual students can request feedback after exam
Coursework - 2 Continuous Assessment Worksheets (Mechanics)152 worksheets1-3, 11, 12Online worksheets with immediate feedback
Coursework - 2 Continuous Assessment Worksheets (Materials)152 worksheets4-6, 11, 12Online worksheets with immediate feedback
Coursework - Materials Instron Characterisation Lab Report101 report (approx. 300 words excluding graphs, charts, etc.)7-12Marked coursework returned with feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
All Above2 hour written Examination for each element failed (Mechanics and Materials) taken in a 24 hour window1-12Next Assessment Period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred.  See ‘Details of re-assessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (ie a final overall mark of less than 40% achieved) you will be required to take a re-sit exam (open book).  Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade.  A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading







Callister, WD

Materials Science and Engineering: an introduction


John Wiley & Sons



Ashby & Jones

Engineering materials  1 : an introduction to their properties, applications and design





Bedford A & Fowler W

Engineering Mechanics - Statics & Dynamics Principles





Callister, WD

Engineering Mechanics Statics





Callister, WD

Engineering Mechanics Dynamics





Nelson, E W et al

Schaum's outlines Engineering Mechanics Statics


Mc Graw Hill



Nelson, E W et al

Schaum's outlines Engineering Mechanics Dynamics


MC Graw Hill



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Key words search

Shear force and bending moments; fluid statics and dynamics; torsion; materials; stress; strain; elasticity; plastic material; material; failure; construction materials; steel; reinforced concrete

Credit value15
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