C&ENVENG 2025 - Strength of Materials II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Topics to be chosen from: elastic and elastic-plastic behaviour; plane stress and strain; constitutive relationships, principal stress and strain; failure criteria; stresses in thick cylinders; bending and shearing stresses in beams; Mohr's circle; deflections of beams; Euler buckling; short and long columns; torsion of solid and hollow circular sections; elastic axis; introduction to statical indeterminacy and simple redundant structures; work and strain energy concepts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 2025
    Course Strength of Materials II
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 1010 & MATHS 1012
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Mining), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment exam 50%, assignments 10%, tests/quizzes 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Alex Ching-Tai Ng

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Recongise physical phenomenon in the context of strength of materials
    2 Demonstrate an understanding of the structural mechanics theory for deformable bodies
    3 Apply structural mechanics of deformable bodies to solve engineering problems
    4 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between loads, member forces and deformations and material stresses and strains
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of the structural mechanics theory
    6 Competence in problem identification, formulation and solution

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides and notes will be uploaded regularly on MyUni.

    Lectures will follow the content in “Mechanics of Materials” 8th SI Edition by RC Hibbeler, published by Pearson (2011). Earlier and latest editions can also be used.

    Other suitable textbook, Mechanics of Materials by Beer & Johnston, can also be used as references.

    Recommended Resources
    Course textbook:
    “Mechanics of Materials” 8/9th SI Edition by Hibbeler, Prentice Hall, 2011. (Earlier or latest editions can also be used)

    Other recommended textbook:
    “Mechanics of Materials” 5th SI Edition by Beer, Johnston, DeWolf and Mazurek, McGraw Hill, 2009. (Earlier or latest editions can also be used)
    Online Learning
    All course material including lecture slides, assignments and group project will be made available on MyUni throughout the semester.

    MyUni will be used to support the in-class teaching. The Discussion Board in MyUni will provide additional support for students to have discussions related to this course. It is strongly recommended that students use the Discussion Board.

    The lecturers will typically be recorded but they should be considered complementary to, rather than a substitute for, attendance. In the event of technical failure it will be the student's responsibility to find an alternative source of information.

    Course announcements will be proivded on MyUni regularly throughout the course. It is students' responsibility to check MyUni regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching for this large class will consist primarily of lectures where the fundamental theory will be presented, followed by examples to illustrate how the theory can be applied to solve practical engineering mechanics problems. Students will develop their understanding of the course content through reading of the textbook, practice problem solving through the tutorial questions and attendance at lectures where problem solving strategies are presented and discussed.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Independent study hours Total
    Lecturers 36 36
    Tutorials 11 22 33
    Assignments (x5) 20 20
    Quiz (x2) 2 20 22
    Exam 3 40 43
    Total 154
    Learning Activities Summary
    The learning activities cover the following 7 lecture series:

    Ch. 1 – Stress, Strain and Material Properties
    Ch. 2 – Axial Loading
    Ch. 3 - Torsion
    Ch. 4 – Bending
    Ch. 5 – Transverse Shear
    Ch. 6 – Transverse Shear and combined loading
    Ch. 7 – Transformations of Stress/Strain and failure criteria
    Ch. 8 – Deflections of Beams
    Ch. 9 - Buckling of Columns
    Specific Course Requirements
    All experiments (tension, compression, torsion and column buckling) are video recorded and will be used in parallel with lecture slides. In particular, calculations based on experimental measurements will be used in class to illustrate the theoretical aspects of all above mentioned tests. Students are not required to attend practical classes, but expected to observe the experiments through these videos and answer questions related to the theory in each experiment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Summary:

    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/Group Formative/Summative Due (Week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments 15 Individual Formative 1 week after being assigned 1-6
    Quizzes 30 Individual Summative Flexible and before exam 1-6
    Final Examination 55 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1-6

    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.

    There will be five assignments throughout the course, each worth 3% of your final mark. These assignments will be submitted, marked and returned regularly throughout the semester. Marks on these assignments will make up 15% of the final subject mark.

    There will be two Quizzes (formative) during the semester, each worth 30% of your final  mark. The Quizzes will be closed book, closed note and run under examination conditions. If you miss a Quiz through medical reasons, please see the Course Coordinator. The assessment tasks associated with the Quizzes address course learning objectives 1 and 2.

    Final Examination:
    The final examination (summative) will cover all the materials covered during the semester and contribute towards 55% of the final mark for the subject. The assessment tasks associated with the Final Exam address course learning objectives 1 and 2.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Consistent with School policy, in order to pass the course, students must obtain at least 40% in the examination. If the exam hurdle is not
    met students will receive a course result of the lesser of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45 (Fail). In addition, and in accordance with Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy, students must complete all assignments and the group project to be eligible for an Additional Assessment.

    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester. Exemptions will not be considered for exams or in-class quizzes.

    Intelligible English expression (for all assessments) and legible hand-writing (for exam) are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process, and may affect marks.
    Assessment Detail
    Further details of each assessment will be provided in lectures and/or via MyUni well before the due date.
    Digital submissions should be submitted by the appropriate MyUni portal for the particular assessment. Further information will be provided
    through the course’s MyUni website.

    Late submissions will only be accepted for the projects. There will be a loss of 10% of the marks obtained if the submission is less than 24h late, 20% if the submission is between 24 and 48h late and so on. Extensions will only be granted in special circumstances (e.g. illness) and must be sought for each assessment task individually. Extensions will not be granted less than 24h before the deadline for a given task, with the exception of a medical certificate.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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