Machine Dynamics

Course code MEC2405

A knowledge of the basic laws of dynamics, vibration and mechanisms are fundamental to the solution of many engineering problems.  This course develops, at an appropriate level, the theoretical and practical methods used in the design of machine elements.

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 1 enrol by 27 Jan 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • 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  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • analyse the kinematics of planar motion of a particle and rigid body;
  • use the free body diagram method to solve simple problems involving the forces particles and rigid bodies and their resulting planar motion;
  • calculate the velocity and acceleration of any point within a simple 2D mechanism;
  • apply the principles of work energy and impulse momentum to the analysis of simple bodies in 2D motion;
  • calculate the dynamic forces resulting from rotating out of balance masses and determine the corrective masses to balance that system;
  • determine the dynamic behaviour of a range of common engineering devices;
  • analyse the vibrational response of simple single degree of freedom
  • systems to determine damped and undamped frequencies, amplitude and the forces transmitted to the system's support.


40% internally assessed

60% exam

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