C&ENVENG 7058 - Structural Mechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of structural analysis as it applies to trusses, beams and frames. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's ability to both model and analyse statically determinate and indeterminate structures and to provide realistic applications encountered in professional practice. Topics to be chosen from: influence lines; calculation of deflections in statically determinate structures; force method of analysis for indeterminate structures; displacement methods of analysis for indeterminate structures including the slope-deflection method, method of moment distribution, and the stiffness method; an introduction to finite element modelling; and plastic analysis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 7058
    Course Structural Mechanics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 48 hours lectures, tutorials
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge Pass (not Conceded Pass) in C&ENVENG 2025
    Restrictions available to GDip Eng(Civil & Structural) and MEng(Civil & Structural) students only
    Course Description This course is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of structural analysis as it applies to trusses, beams and frames. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's ability to both model and analyse statically determinate and indeterminate structures and to provide realistic applications encountered in professional practice. Topics to be chosen from: influence lines; calculation of deflections in statically determinate structures; force method of analysis for indeterminate structures; displacement methods of analysis for indeterminate structures including the slope-deflection method, method of moment distribution, and the stiffness method; an introduction to finite element modelling; and plastic analysis.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Abdul Sheikh

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the concepts and solution techniques (Integration & Unit load methods) for analysing  statically determinate structures such
    as beams, frames and trusses.  

    2. Understand the concepts and solution techniques for drawing influence line diagram of statically determinate beams.

    3. Understand the concepts and solution techniques (Slope deflection, Moment distribution & Force methods) for analysing statically
    indeterminate beams & frames.

    4. Develop the skill to write computer program for analysing trusses. 

    5. Develop the skill to use computer package for analysing structures.

    6. Develop competence in critical and independent thinking in identifying, formulating and solving structural analysis problems.

    7. Develop the ability to work effectively as a member of a team (working on computer based group projects), including the development of written, oral and listening skills.

    8. Develop the ability to manage effectively the allocation of time in performing tasks by meeting the deadlines for submission of assignments and projects.

    9. Develop life long learning skills.
    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)
    1,2,3,4
    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
    4,5,6,8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7,8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni.Matrix structural analysis course notes and computer laboratory exercise tutorial sheets will be provided on MyUni.Computer

    Software (Autodesk - Robot Structural Analysis), available in the computer lab. Students can also obtain a personal copy by registering
    with Autodesk.
    Recommended Resources
    Text Book: Structural Analysis, R.C. Hibbeler, Pearson Education (Available in UniBook).
    Online Learning
    Apart from using MyUni for uploading lecture slides (power point), it will be used for posting homework assignments and their solutions, the details of the group project, and some study materials (e.g. assignments, question papers) of previous years. MyUni will also be used
    for communication (email) with students.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Out of 4 sessions/hours per week assigned for lectures (please see the Course Planner), 3 hours will used for formal course lectures (except 1 session for a quiz of 1 hour duration) and 1 hour for the tutorial. The tutorial sessions will be used to help students individually or in small groups in homework assignments, general understanding of theories and solving problems. Moreover, tutors will be available on other days (1 hour per day) for additional consultations.

    You will also be attending the computer practical session - 1 hour per week.
    Workload

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

    In addition to 3 hours of lectures, 1 hour of tutorial and 1 hour of computer practical in a week, students are expected to spend
    approximately 4 to 5 hours for studying lecture materials, practice examples, solving homework problems and working on the group project.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1:     Introduction and Qualitative Structural analysis

    Week 2:     Computer based Structural Analysis

    Week 3:     Computer based Structural Analysis

    Week 4:     Deflection of Beams using Integration Method

    Week 5:     Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Castigliano’s Therem)

    Week 6:     Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Unit Load Method)

    Week 7:     Force Method for Statically Indeterminate Structures

    Week 8:     Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method

    Week 9:     Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method

    Week 10:   Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method

    Week 11:   Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method

    Week 12:   Influence Lines of Statically Determinate Structures
  • 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 (7)     21%

    Quiz                                        6%

    Group Project                         16%

    Final Examination                    57%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The details will be provided during lectures.
    Assessment Detail
    The details will be provided during lectures.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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