Mechatronics BEng/MEng

Dynamics 3 ENG3039

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to modelling and analysis of dynamic systems, with particular emphasis on free and forced oscillations, and investigation of the system response.


2 lecture per week

Excluded Courses





80% written exam and 20% set exercise

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to

■ introduce students to the dynamics of engineering systems;

■ give students a thorough grounding in the modelling of dynamic mechanical systems, the solution of the resulting differential equations and the application to simple vibration problems;

■ impart an in-depth knowledge of aspects of the dynamics of engineering systems;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ simplify 'real world' dynamics problems and the equations of motion of single and multiple degree of freedom engineering systems;

■ obtain transfer functions of engineering systems relating input to response and hence perform simple response calculations for 1 degree-of-freedom (DOF) and 2 DOF systems;

■ analyse both free and forced response of engineering systems;

■ analyse the response of engineering systems to harmonic inputs (vibrations).

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.