Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe the principles of structural actions, stresses, strains and resultant failures in common structural elements
  2. calculate the resultant stresses and deflections that occur in beams and columns under applied loads
  3. communicate calculations, designs and laboratory test results in a professional manner in written reports
  4. apply this knowledge to the design of simple structural elements utilising design codes
  5. collaborate with other students in small teams to produce design solutions and reports.
  • Topics
    • Centroid and second moment of area
    • Stress and strain
    • Mechanical properties of materials and elastic deformation of axially loaded members
    • Shear force and bending moment diagrams
    • Beam bending
    • Beam shear stresses
    • Beam deflection
    • Column buckling
    • Torsion
    • Combined loading
    • Stress transformation and principal stresses
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • GAME
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • OtherDetails -

    Students will require administrator access to a Windows Operating System so as to install and run specialist software.

The subject aims to introduce mechanics of deformable bodies and some elements of structural analysis. The subject investigates stress and strain, structural actions for a range of typical structures, strength and serviceability concepts, as well as stress distribution in beams. An understanding of column types and failure modes and torsion will be gained.

  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (55%)
  • Assignment 2 - Mid-study period test (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Practical Projects (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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