C&ENVENG 1010 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course familiarises students with the principles of static equilibrium by applying Newton's laws of motion to solve engineering problems. Emphasis is placed on drawing free body diagrams and self checking strategies. Topics include introduction to forces; 2D equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; centre of gravity and centroids; distributed loading and hydrostatics; friction; analysis of truss structures; and shear force and bending moment diagrams.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1010
    Course Engineering Mechanics - Statics
    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 (Sem 1) per week; Up to 8 hours (Summer School) per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics
    Assessment exam, online assessments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan Scott

    Andrew MacKinnon (Physics)
    Brendan Scott (CEME)
    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 Define Newton's laws of motion.
    2 Recall trigonometric laws and apply to the addition and decomposition of vectors quantities.
    3 Identify the moment of a force and calculate its value about a specified axis. Define the moment of a couple.
    4 Describe the concept of dry friction and analyse the equilibrium of rigid bodies subjected to this force.
    5 Construct "Free Body Diagrams" of real world problems and apply Newton's Laws of motion and vector operations to evaluate equilibrium of particles and bodies.
    6 Apply the principles of equilibrium of particles and bodies to analyse the forces in planar truss members.
    7 Discuss the concepts of ``centre of gravity'' and ``centroids'' and compute their location for bodies of arbitrary shape.
    8 Apply the concepts used for determining centre of gravity and centroids to find the resultant of a generally distributed loading.
    9 Use methods learnt for equilibrium of bodies and the resultant of a generally distributed loading to compute the internal forces in beams. Generalise the procedure to construct bending moments and shear force diagrams (internal forces) and utilise this information in engineering design.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage One Competencies for a Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2  1.6

    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 - 9
    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, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A full set of course notes are available to order from the online shop and collect from the Image and Copy Centre (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/icc/).
    A pdf of the file is also available in MyUni

    Recommended Resources
    The following text book is recommended to assist your learning with this course:

    Hibbeler, R. C. (2017). Engineering Mechanics Statics, 14th Edition in SI units, Pearson. http://www.pearson.com.au/9781292089232

    Additionally, the following is text is a useful supplementary resource to the course content in MyUni.

    Meriam, J. L. & Kraige, L. G. (2013). Engineering Mechanics Statics, 7th Edition, Wiley. http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002436.html

    Both the above texts contain many worked examples and tutorial questions that are available to use as additional practice exercises.

    In addition to textbooks, there is a substantial volume of resources available on the internet that students can tap into.

    Online Learning

    Formative (practice questions) and summative (marked) assessments will be delivered in MyUni.

    All resources (PowerPoint slides, lecture recordings, assignments, etc.) will be available on MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Formal Contact Hours
    The formal learning activities are a combination of lecture and tutorial style formats.  For example, new material will be presented and supported by problem solving exercises (formative assessment) to be completed by students.  Students will benefit from participation in the interactive environment during formal contact times.

    Statics Drop-In Zone (adjacent to Maths Learning Centre in the Hub)
    Students are encouraged to seek further clarification of theory presented from the learning support provided in the Statics Drop-In zone adjacent to the Maths Learning Centre. The Statics Drop-In Zone will run from Week 2 of Semester until Swot Vac.
    Students are encouraged to attend the Statics Drop-In Zone at the following times:
    Tuesdays 10 am - 4 pm
    Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
    Thursdays 10 am - 4 pm

    Additionally, the Maths Learning Centre contains a webpage that summarises the assumed knowledge that is needed to solve some of the problems in this course: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/mathslearning/resources/statics/
    Students are encouraged to visit the Maths Learning Centre for assistance should they have any queries associated with the mathematics that is assumed knowledge for this course.

    PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)
    PASS classes utilise a 'flipped classroom' approach (they are not tutorials) and there is no teaching involved, just facilitation for up to 25 no. students to work stuff out on their own. PASS classes are structured (unlike the Drop-In Zone) with worksheets and extra problems design by the PASS leader (a high achieving undergraduate student who recently completed this course) to help students. PASS is for all students, whether to improve from a Distinction to a High Distinction; a Pass to a Credit or even just to obtain a pass. You don't have to enrol or register, just find the class time that suits you and come along. For more information please refer to: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/pass/

    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
    Lectures & In-class (formative) assignments
    36 54 90
    In-class quizzes (x2, summative)
    2 12 14
    Assignments (x9, summative) 0 27 27
    Exam preparation 0 20 20
    Exam (x1, summative) 3 0 3
    Total 41 110 154
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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 course will be assessed as follows:

    Assessment Task (type)



    Due Date
    Learning Outcomes
    Summative Assessments 24% Individual Weeks 3-13 1-9
    SkyCiv Summative Assignment 4% Individual Week 13 9
    In-class quizzees 12% Individual Weeks 5 & 10 1-8
    Exam 60% Individual Exam period 1-9

    In order to pass the course students must achieve a minimum of 40% for the examination (course hurdle).

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Where 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. An additional assessment exam will be available to eligible students. Students should refer to the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy for eligibility criteria.

    Assessment Detail
    Refer MyUni for further details
    Students are strongly encouraged to complete the formative assignments prior to attempting the summative assignment for each topic. Immediate formative feedback is provided to enable students to reflect on their progress.

    Unless noted otherwise, all summative assignments must be submitted electronically on MyUni before 4pm on the nominated due date. 

    Late submissions for summative assignments will not be accepted unless an extension was granted by the course coordinator prior to the nominated due date due to medical or extenuating circumstances.  Any requests for extensions must be communicated via email well before the deadline.
    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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