C&ENVENG 4111 - Structural Dynamics & Applications

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course aims to equip students with knowledge in structural dynamics, with particular emphasis on the building and bridge structures. Topics include single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, response to harmonic loading, response to impulsive transient loading, numerical integration, element stiffness, mass and damping matrices, multi-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) systems, classical and non-classical damping, distributed parameter systems, eignevalue problems, modal analysis and system identification.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4111
    Course Structural Dynamics & Applications
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1012, C&ENVENG 3001
    Restrictions Available to BE (Civil & Struct), BE (Architectural) and associated double degrees only
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, project, final exam
    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 Recognise physical phenomenon in the context of structural vibration.
    2 Identify and define key concepts related to structural dynamics, such as natural frequencies, modeshapes, damping and vibration characteristics of structures.
    3 Formulate the equation of motion for dynamics analysis of structures.
    4 Demonstrate an understanding the assumptions and limitations of the structural dynamics theories.
    5 Develop competence in using computer programming skill (e.g. Matlab) to perform modelling and dynamic analysis of structural systems.
    6 Design structures with the consideration of structural dynamics.
    7 Solve engineering problems in the context of structural dynamics.

    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: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.6   

    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Powerpoint slides are available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Dynamics of Structures” by Ray W. Clough and Joseph Penzien, Computers & Structures, Inc., 2003.

    Structural Dynamics – Theory and Computation” by Mario Paz, 1997.

    Dynamics of Structures – Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering” by Anilk. Chopra, Prentice-Hall, 2007.
    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 consdiered 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 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 structural dynamics 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.

    There is 3 hours contact study each week in the semester. It is expected that students will spend another 6 hours per week outside of class studying the material and practising their problem solving
    with examples from the textbook.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Topics:
    1. Fundamental concept
    2. Free vibration of SDOF systems
    3. Forced vibration of SDOF systems
    4. Free vibration of MDOF shear buildings
    5. Forced vibration of MDOF shear buildings
    6. Beam and frame MDOF systems
    7. Applications of structural dynamics

    Note: These are planned topics in the course. Some topics may be changed, added or deleted as appropriate.
  • 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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignment 15 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7.
    Quiz 10 Individual Summative Week 7 1. 2. 3. 4. 7.
    Group Project 15 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Exam 60 Individual Summative Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * 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.
    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.

    This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.
    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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