ACS133 Physical Systems
Module Description (subject to change)
This module will introduce students to the modelling and analysis of dynamic systems. Students will learn about the different types of physical systems based on real-world case-studies. This 20-credit year-long module is to be delivered over two semesters. In the autumn semester mechanical and electrical-mechanical systems will be introduced. In the second semester the mechanical theme will continue with rotational systems, and then introduce thermodynamic systems as well as flow systems. Students will gain an appreciation of the physics laws governing a variety of physical systems, the impact and interaction of various system components, as well as systematic methods for modelling and analysing such systems.
Credits: 20 (Academic Year)
If you have any questions about the module please talk to us during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Outside of lectures please contact one of us via email, or drop in to see one of us.
Other teaching staff
Dr Simon A. Pope
By the end of the module students will be able to:
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
This module will include the following topics:
Learning and Teaching Methods
NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.
The main teaching methods are lectures, example and case-study classes, tutorial sessions as well as lab-based sessions (practical as well as computer-based labs). All learning outcomes will be addressed via the above teaching methods, with the addition of the use of industry-standard software in the form of instructor-led pc-lab sessions.
Lectures: 48 hours
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available on MOLE.
Assignment 1, Semester 1 (10%)
Diamond Lab 1, Semester 1 (3% Pass/Fail)
Diamond Lab 2, Semester 1 (3% Pass/Fail)
Assignment 2, Semester 2 (6%)
Assignment 3, Semester 2 (12%)
Diamond Lab 3, Semester 2 (3% Pass/Fail)
Diamond Lab 4, Semester 2 (3% Pass/Fail)
End of Year Exam Covering Semester 1 and Semester 2 (60%)
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.
You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.