Mechatronics BEng/MEng

Dynamics 1 ENG1062

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide an elementary introduction to the principles and practices associated with the modelling and analysis of time-varying systems in engineering. It introduces the concepts of mass, inertia springs and dampers and studies the effect of forces on such systems.


2 lectures per week

4 tutorials per semester

1 laboratory session per semester

Excluded Courses






20% Online Moodle quizzes. Four quizzes with 5% weightage for each.

80% Final Examination



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce simple components of dynamical systems including mass, springs and dampers;

■ foster an elementary appreciation of the mathematical implications of time-varying behaviour in dynamical systems;

■ develop a rigorous and consistent approach to analysis of dynamical problems;

■ enable students present a cogent and clear argument in the discussion of time-varying behaviour.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ solve elementary problems in engineering dynamics;

■ demonstrate understanding of physical processes in engineering dynamics;

■ synthesise other elements of engineering analysis into the analysis and solution of more general engineering problems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.