Courses Catalogue

Engineering Mechanics

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course introduces engineering students to the analysis of basic static and dynamic objects and systems encountered in engineering practice. It introduces force systems, simple structural elements, and principles of work and energy.


To develop the ability, in the engineering student, to understand, formulate, and solve a given problem in a logical manner and to apply it to solve a few basic problems in engineering mechanics.

LEARNING Objectives

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

·         Discuss basic engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics) concepts required for analyzing static structures

·         Apply pertinent mathematical, physical and engineering mechanical principles to the system to solve and analyze the problem.

·         Demonstrate the meaning of centers of gravity (mass)/centroids and moments of Inertia using integration methods.

·         Communicate the solution to all problems in an organized and coherent manner and elucidate the meaning of the solution in the context of the problem.


A student on completing this course is expected to:

·         Solve problems dealing with forces in a plane or in space and equivalent force systems. 

·         Solve truss, beam, frame and cable problems and understand distributed force systems.

·         Solve friction problems and determine moments of Inertia and centroid using integration methods.

·         Solve three-dimension force and moment problems. 

·         Identify an appropriate structural system to studying a given problem and isolate it from its environment.

·         Model the problem using good free-body diagrams and accurate equilibrium equations

·         Identify and model various types of loading and support conditions that act on structural systems.