C&ENVENG 4068 - Computer Methods of Structural Analysis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of computer methods of structural analysis including Matrix Methods of structural analysis and the Finite Element Method. Topics include analysis of two and three dimensional trusses and frames; basic concepts of elasticity; formulation of different finite elements for plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and plate bending problems. Students will develop their own computer program and will also use commercial software for analysing structures.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4068
    Course Computer Methods of Structural Analysis
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 3001, C&ENVENG 3007 & C&ENVENG 3005
    Assessment assignments, project work and examination - further details at beginning of semester
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Abdul Sheikh

    Contact details:
    Office: N235 (Second Floor), Engineering North Biulding, North Terrace Campus
    Email: abdul.sheikh@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6450

    Course Timetable

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

    Monday, 9.00-10.00, Ligertwood, 333, Law Lecture Theatre 2
    Tuesday, 9.00-10.00, Medical School Sth, SG15, Hone Lecture Theatre
    Wednesday, 9.00-10.00, Medical School Sth, SG15, Hone Lecture Theatre
    Friday, 9.00-10.00, Darling West, G14, Darling West Lecture Theatre

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The course is intended to provide students an opportunity of developing the following aspects:

    A. Understanding of the fundamental concepts and theories of Matrix and Finite Element Methods for structural analysis, and competence in applying these theories to solve structural analysis problems manually as well as using computer programs.

    B. Competence in developing computer program as well as using commercially available software. 

    C. Competence in problem identification, formulation and its solution for relevant structural analysis

    D. Ability to manage tasks related to home assignments with the allocated time so as to meet their submission deadlines. 

    E. Ability to work professionally with other students for group projects on 1) Development and validation of a generalised computer program for a specific type of structures, 2) Analysis and
    design of structures using commercially available software. 

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. A, B
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. C
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. C
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. D, E
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. B, C, E
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. A, B
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. A, E
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. E
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni. Printed copies of these slides (6 slides per page) will also be distributed at the beginning of lectures. 

    Lecture Notes: To be available on MyUni.

    Computer Software: To be available on CADS.

    Recommended Resources
    Concepts and Application of Finite Element Applications, 4th Edition, R.D. Cook, D.S. Malkus, M.E. Plesha and R.J. Witt, John Wiley
    Theory of Elasticity, 3rd Edition, S.P. Timoshenko and J.N. Goodier, McGraw-Hill
    Theory of Plates and Shells, 2nd Edition, S.P. Timoshenko and S. Woinowsky Krieger, McGraw-Hill

    Online Learning
    Apart from using MyUni for uploading lecture slides (power point) and lecture notes, it will be used for posting homework assignments and their solutions, and the details of the group project. MyUni will also be used for communication (email) with students. 

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The sessions assigned for lecture will be used for formal lecture except few sessions for the demonstration of computer software and quiz. In addition to these sessions, consultation sessions will be provided to help students individually or in small groups for homework assignments, group project, general understanding of theories and solving problems. Teaching assistants will be available for consultations. 


    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.

    In addition to 4 hours of regular lectures in a week, students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours (may be more) for studying lecture materials, practice examples from the lecture slides and solving homework problems. Students are expected to spend extra hours for the group project. 

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    You have to achieve 40% in the final examination to pass this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The open ended group project consisting of maximum four students in a group will give an unique opportunity for small group discovery experience.
  • 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
    The assessment will have the following components:

    Homework Assignments (seven): 15%
    Quiz (two): 10%
    Group Project (one): 20%
    Final Examination: 55%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    The marks in the final examination should be at least 40% to pass this course.

    Assessment Detail
    Homework Assignments – A total number of 6 homework assignments will be given. The problem set of an assignment will be uploaded on MyUni at the end of week 2-4, 7-9 (usually Friday) where the problems will be based on the lecture material taught by that time. The students will get 1 week time to solve these problems individually. The submission must be made on next Friday (usually) before 4.00 pm to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office. The assignments will be marked giving importance to method, answer as well as presentation. The marked assignments will be returned to the students immediately after the marking.

    Quiz – There will be two Quizzes which will be held on 5.9.2014 (Week 6, Friday) and 10.10.2014 (Week 9, Friday) at Darling West, G14, Darling West Lecture Theatre from 9.00 am to 10.00 am. The quizzes will be based on the topics to be taught by that time. The quizzes will be a closed book test which will run under strict examination conditions. A student who will miss a quiz will receive zero (0) for that component (5%). In case a student is sick on the day of a quiz and a doctor’s certificate is produced, his/her marks in the final examination will be considered as 65%.

    Group Project:  Students have to work in a group of 4 (maximum) for the project. For the project, a generalised computer program is to be developed in FORTRAN for a type of skeleton structure (e.g. space truss, plane frame, grillage or space frame) which can be used for analysing any structure of that category. The computer program must be validated with numerical examples of relevant
    structures where students have to use commercially available software to analyse these structures. Also students have to analyse 2D continuum structure (e.g. plane stress, plane strain, axi-symmetric or plate bending problem) using a commercially available software. Each group have to produce one report and submit to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office on the due date.  

    Final Examination – This final examination will be of 3 hours duration which will cover the entire
    course material. Similar to the quiz, the final examination will be a closed book test.

    Homework Assignments: The due date for submission of an assignment will be mentioned on the assignment. Students must submit their assignments to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office on the due date before 4.00 pm. Late submissions will be penalised. If someone is late, please don’t submit your assignment to the submission box without informing me because the submission box will be opened only on the due date.

    Group Project:  The due date for the submission of group project will be informed when project problem will be uploaded on MyUni. Students have to submit their project report (one report for each group) to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office on the due date before 4.00 pm. The late submission will follow similar procedure as that of homework assignments.

    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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