Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in the module Introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Have an understanding of concepts such as force, moment and static equilibrium
  • Have an understanding of the area moments of inertia and mass moments of inertia
  • Have an understanding of the kinematics of rigid bodies
  • Have an understanding of the kinetics of rigid bodies and systems of bodies in planar motion
  • Have knowledge about 3D kinetics of rigid bodies
  • Have an understanding of basic solid mechanics, including strain, stress and torsion
  • Have understanding of the stresses in homogeneous beams, rods and shafts, including stress distribution in tension/compression, torsion and bending
  • Have knowledge about the deflections of beams under loading


  • Be able to select appropriate supports/end fixings for analysis of mechanical systems and their components
  • Be able to analyse rigid planar mechanical structures, both statically and dynamically
  • Be able to determine the area moments of inertia and mass moments of inertia of selected elements
  • Be able to describe the forces and their action on rigid bodies in 3D
  • Be able to analyse strains and stresses in elastic beams under various loading conditions
  • Be able to analyse basic cases of deflections of beams


  • Be able to use the acquired skills to the development and analysis of models of mechanical systems
  • Be able to use the professional approach to analysis of mechanical systems in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Be able to identify their own learning needs and to structure own learning in mechanical engineering

Type of instruction

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following types of instruction that combine skills and re-flection:

  • lectures
  • class teaching
  • project work
  • workshops
  • exercises (individually and in groups)
  • teacher feedback
  • professional reflection
  • portfolio work
  • laboratory work
  • e-learning

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examMechanics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMekanik
Module codeN-EN-B4-3BZ
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science