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SEM327 - Dynamics of Machines


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:SEM318
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ali Zolfagharian
Trimester 3: Ali Zare

SEM200 or SEM223



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester (CAD lab).

Students may be required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour of classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week,  and 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Students may be required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the particular scheduled day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 6).


This unit addresses the following topics: dynamics of machines - kinematics analysis of planar mechanisms, dynamics analysis of planar mechanisms, balancing of rotating machinery; mechanical power transmission systems - gear trains, friction clutches and belt drives; vibrations - lumped parameter models and equivalent systems, free vibration spring-mass model, damped vibration, forced vibration, vibration of multi-degree-of-freedom systems.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate application of advanced kinetic and kinematic concepts to various mechanisms both from a practical and theoretical context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Recognisedevelop and solve numerical problems related to kinetic and kinematic based mechanisms

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Researchanalyseapply and evaluate methods concerning dynamic analysis of machines
power transmission systems and engineering vibrations to a range of engineering scenarios

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Design of systems that involve kinetics and kinematics with respect to surrounding boundary and environmental conditions GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Calculation based assessment  Two written reports (10-pages) 60% (2 x 30%) Weeks 6 and 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Norton, 2020, Design of machinery: an introduction to the synthesis and analysis of mechanisms and machines, 6th edition, McGraw Hill OR Norton, 2011, Design of Machinery with Student Resource DVD, 5th edition, McGraw Hill.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM327 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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