Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.


Module aims

To enable students to master essential basic topics in vibrations and dynamics

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

To be able to discuss the dynamical behaviour of one-degree-of-freedom dynamical systems

To be able to discuss the dynamical behaviour of multi-degree-of-freedom systems 

To be able to discuss the concepts of energy-work done, linear momentum-linear impulse, angular momentum-angular impulse and simple gyroscopic motion.

To be able to model relatively simple engineering structures as single- and two-degree-of-freedom systems with translational and rotational co-ordinates and to determine their dynamic response

Module syllabus

Vibrations: Free vibration of single-degree-of-freedom undamped and damped systems, resonance, natural frequency, damping, forced vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems, base excitation, vibration isolation, vibration transmission, introduction of multi-degree-of-freedom systems, matrix methods, modal superposition, vibration of linear stretched string.

Dynamics: work-done-energy equation, general plane motion with translation and rotation, impulse-linear momentum, angular impulse-angular momentum, impact, generalized angular impulse-angular momentum, simple gyroscopic motion.



Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
Lectures 24
Group teaching 10
Lab/ practical 0
Other scheduled  
Independent study 91
Total hours 125
ECTS ratio 25


Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading method Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 1.5 Hour exam 95% Numeric 40% Y
Examination Progress test 5% Numeric 40% N

Module leaders

Dr Christoph Schwingshackl