SCQF Level 7


40 hours over 6 months




  • Engineering

Why take this course?

This is a mandatory Unit within HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Awards, or may be part of other Group Award or taken as a single HN Unit. Candidates studying towards an HNC or HND in Mechanical Engineering will also have to answer questions on dynamics as part of the integrated assessment.

The Unit has been designed to allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in basic dynamic concepts and theorems that underpin so much of more advanced studies in mechanical engineering. If you have studied these subjects before, the early parts of this Unit it will provide you with an opportunity to revise the dynamic concepts and theorems you have learnt in previous courses.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will explore the ways in which velocity, displacement, time, acceleration, mass and force interlink in motion, impulse, and momentum and energy transfers. It is good to gain sound theoretical knowledge and understanding, but it is also important that you are able to set your theoretical knowledge within a practical mechanical engineering context. You will therefore be provided with the opportunity to relate theory to practice by conducting practical experiments and computer simulations on mechanical problems.

By the end of the Unit you will be expected to solve dynamic problems using the concepts and theorems you have learned. You will also be expected to sketch the graphs associated with velocity, time and acceleration.

The formal assessment for this Unit will consist of a single assessment paper lasting no more than 1.5 hours. The assessment will be conducted under closed book conditions in which you will not be allowed to take notes, textbooks etc. into the assessment. However, you will be allowed to use a scientific calculator. You will sit this assessment paper at the end of the unit.