CEME 2002 - Structural Mechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 2002
    Course Structural Mechanics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CEME 1004 or C&ENVENG 1010
    Assumed Knowledge CEME 2001 or C&ENVENG 2025
    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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Terry Bennett

    Course Timetable

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

    The course MyUni page is organised on a weekly basis. Students are provided with guidance on pre-reading and viewing activities that are required, prior to each workshop session.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    • Determine the design loading on structures using design codes and assess the Load paths for common structural forms.
    • Determine if a structure is statically determinate and apply principles from statics, or apply approximate methods of analysis to determine the internal forces in frames.
    • Identify points of certainty regarding a structures deformation / rotation to qualitatively construct shear force and bending moment diagrams for both statically determinate and indeterminate structures.
    • Apply Euler beam theory to calculate the deflection of beams using the double integration method.
    • Apply the principle of virtual work to calculate the deflections and internal forces of structures.
    • Demonstrate the analysis of both sway and no-sway frame structures using the Slope-Deflection equations.

    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 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.5 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of lecture notes are provided for this course. Students are expected to have a graphics calculator.
    Recommended Resources
    Structural Analysis, R.C. Hibbeler, Pearson - any edition in S.I. Units.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught in a flipped classroom style, course lectures are delivered via a series of short videos that are required to be viewed by students prior to attending workshop sessions. The workshop sessions are intended to reinforce the concepts and examples shown in the videos via tutorial problems solved in groups.

    The course concludes with a group design project, where the students are expected to provide the calculations to determine the design actions on a simple structure and subsequently provide an initial sizing of structural members. The workshop sessions will be used for group working and consultation.

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

    Activity Contact Hours Independent study Total
    Pre-reading / viewing 0 24 24
    Workshops / tutorials 32 24 56
    Assignments 0 16 16
    Design Project 16 24 40
    Exam (and revision) 3 11 14
    Total 51 99 150
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    tutorials 0 Individual Formative 2-10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    e-assessments 24 Individual Summative 2-9 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Project 16 Group Summative 10 - 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Examination 60 Individual Summative min 40%
    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 Detail

    No information currently available.


    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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