Mechanics of Machines

Course code DE6302

On successful completion of this online course, you will develop the understanding to solve complex problems involved with machinery dynamics such as power transmission, balancing, noise, and lubrication systems.  

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2, 14 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Course Content

The course will cover the following:

  • Static and dynamic balance and Balancing machines
  • Vibration, isolation, free and forced,  transverse and torsional
  • Noise measurement and control
  • Gear types and gear ratios
  • Clutches
  • Brakes
  • Chain and belt drives
  • Bearings and bearing lubrication
  • Flywheels
  • Machines and Machine law

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify dynamic loads in rotational equipment and explain the need for balance and how it is achieved
  • Analyse mechanical systems to determine natural frequencies and the effects of resonance
  • Explain acoustic term and solve for noise level and noise attenuation in an engineering environment
  • Explain gear terminology. Solve velocity ratios and forces in gear systems
  • Analyse power transmission components for life, force and application


  • Internal assessment 50%
  • Examination 50%

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


There are no textbooks required for this course.

Labs requirements

A 2 ½ day practical Laboratory held in Wellington is a requirement for this course.

Trimester 1 Laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,  

Trimester 2 Laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.

Your course leader will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the trimester, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.

Other Requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete  this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.