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Course Overview

This course introduces the theory of dynamics and the vibration of single and multi-degree of freedom systems.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either EG2503 Electrical and Mechanical Systems (Passed) or EG2559 Electrical and Mechanical Systems (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG3538 Structural Dynamics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course commences with an overview of the dynamics of a particle and of general planar kinematics and dynamics proceeding to a review of the free and forced vibration responses of a linear single degree of freedom system. An introduction to the vibration of systems with two or more degrees of freedom follows, including natural frequencies and mode shapes, principal co-ordinates and calculation of the forced response using the impedance method. The design of a passive vibration absorber and testing in the laboratory are included the course. Matlab is used for calculations of dynamic responses and natural frequencies and mode shapes.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students following an honours degree programme.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Engineering (Civil)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil)
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management
  • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination paper (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: 1 two hour written examination paper (70%) with previous mark for in-course assessment standing.

Formative Assessment



a)    Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions.

b)   There will be revision lectures dedicated solely to feedback on sample exam paper questions at various times through the course.

c)    Previous past year paper and the solution will be available to the student to give them the chance to self-assess their own performance


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