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ZUG3034 – Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 1

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2021 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 7


The module aims at introducing the students to the concepts of measurements of engineering parameters in terms of the planning and conducting of experiments, and reporting of the experimental data in graphical format for ease of interpretation. It also covers such important elements of measurements as equipment calibration, experimental error calculations and dimensional analysis.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Plan and conduct experiments
2Perform error calculations
3Interpret and report on experimental data
4Calibrate measurement instruments


Coursework assessment: 100%
Examination: 0%

Workload requirements

It is important that students be exposed to the practical aspects of mechanical engineering by conducting experiments to correlate theoretical work with real life problems. This module equips the students with such capability by teaching them experimental methods and also scheduling a number of laboratory sessions in the areas of fluids, materials and thermodynamics. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. Tutorials will be based on individual work and experiments will be done in the laboratory by student teams. All outcomes will be assessed by means assignments, tutorials, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems, Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions, Thermodynamics: Properties of Fluids


Material Science and Properties