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Fundamentals of Mechanics and Electronics

Module titleFundamentals of Mechanics and Electronics
Module codeINT1117
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Andrew Mackenzie Robertson (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module follows on from the Core Engineering module and introduces further concepts of Mechanics and Electronics in preparation for an electronics degree in Year 2. In this module we focus on classical mechanics, including fluid statics and dynamics, and both analogue and digital electronics.

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 Electronics. 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. Apply basic principles of analogue (AC and DC) and digital circuit analysis to simple electronic systems
  • 5. Design simple electronic systems
  • 6. Understand and demonstrate knowledge of electronic circuit components
  • 7. Demonstrate knowledge of operational principles of practical electronic devices and systems

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 12. Carry out directed private study using textbooks, and other provided resources
  • 13. Adopt a systematic approach to problem solving
  • 14. Work with other students in small groups to complete clearly defined tasks

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

Analogue Electronics:

  • Introduction to semiconductors;
  • Diodes and applications;
  • Transistors as amplifiers and switches;
  • Operational amplifiers and their applications.

Digital Electronics:

  • Boolean algebra;
  • Combinational logic: logic gates and logic design;
  • Sequential logic: latches, flip-flops and simple counters.

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 Activities103 laboratory sessions. The sessions develop practical skills and awareness of practical application of the subject material.
Guided Independent Study110Directed 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 exam (Open Book) Mechanics302 hours1-3, 13Individual students can request feedback after exam
Written online exam (Open Book) Electronics302 hours4-7, 13Individual students can request feedback after exam
Practical – 3 laboratory assessments203 lab worksheets4-11, 13, 14Verbal guidance and feedback during lab sessions + online feedback as part of assessment system
Coursework – 2 Continuous assessment worksheets (Mechanics)102 worksheets1-3, 12Online worksheets with immediate feedback
Coursework – 2 Continuous assessment worksheets (Electronics)102 worksheets4-7, 12Online worksheets with immediate 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 Electronics) taken in a 24 hour window1-14Next 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







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



Floyd, Thomas L, Buchla, David M



Electronics Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and Applications








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Shear force and bending moments; fluid statics and dynamics; torsion; Thévenin; Norton, superposition; nodal analysis; diodes, transistors, op-amps; Boolean algebra, combinational and sequential logic

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