Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1KA09


  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • As specified in Programme Regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • Principles are introduced and/or developed in the subject areas of dynamics, materials, computational stress analysis and fatigue. Practical use of computational stress analysis is developed.


  • Dynamics, materials, computational stress analysis, fatigue.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of engineering subjects and mathematics relevant to dynamics, materials, computational stress analysis and fatigue.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • General problem solving skills that can be applied in a novel context.
  • Capacity for self-learning in familar and unfamiliar situations

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The courses in Mechanics of Static Systems and Mechanics of Dynamic Systems are covered in lectures, and are reinforced by seminars and problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability. Assessment through written examination enables each student to demonstrate their knowledge and an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • Students are able to make use of staff Office Hours to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one to one basis. These are sign-up sessions available for up to one hour per week.
  • Coursework element containing practical exercises in Static and Dynamic FEA.
  • A formative laboratory program develops practical laboratory skills and supports the module’s lecture material.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Mechanics of Dynamic Systems lectures 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
Mechanics of Static Systems lectures 28 1 or 2 per week 1 hour 28
Revision seminars 2 term 3 1 hour 2
Office Hours as required weekly sign-up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Static and Dynamic FEA coursework practical sessions 9 1 per week 1 hour 9
Laboratories 3 Typically 1 per week 3 hours 9
Preparation, reading and self study 134
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Applied Mechanics 3 2 hours 100% Yes
Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Static and Dynamic FEA coursework 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Problem Sheets for lecture courses. Laboratories.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University