CEME 7301 - Computer Analysis of Structures and Structural Dynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The objective of this course is to make students aware of the concepts used in 1) computer aided analysis of structures and 2) dynamic analysis of structures. Computer aided analysis topics include: basic theory and formulation of matrix method of analysis based on stiffness approach; and application of these theories to linear analysis of 2D/3D trusses, frames and grillage. Students will use commercial software as well as develop their own computer program to analyse different structures. Dynamic analysis the topics include: basic theories of free and forced vibration of structures idealised as single and multiple degree-of-freedom problems with and without consideration of damping; application of these theories to dynamic analysis of different structures; and response spectra.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 7301
    Course Computer Analysis of Structures and Structural Dynamics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week plus computer sessions, consultations and direct study
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate Statics, Strength of Materials and Structural Mechanics: Numerical methods and computer program (Fortram/ Matlab)
    Assessment Homework assignment, quizzes, project and exam
    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.

    More specific details will be available to students through MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss the fundamental concepts and theoretical (mathematical) formulations of Matrix Method for analyses of skeletal structures such as beams, 2D plane and 3D space trusses, 2D plane and 3D space frames, and grillage frames under static loads; Also, introduction to structural dynamics to analyse these structures under dynamic loads.

    2. Develop competence in applying these principles in solving these structural problems manually (hand calculations) as well as using computer programs;

    3. Demonstrated ability in developing your own computer programs using MATLAB or FORTRAN for analysing such structures of any shape, size, and complexity;

    4. Develop competence in using commercially available computer software used in Australian industry (e.g. Strand7) for analysing different types of skeletal structures;

    5. Demonstrated ability in problem identification, use relevant formulations, and solution of the structural problems;

    6. Demonstrated ability to manage tasks related to home work-assignments within the allocated time to meet submission deadlines;

    7. Demonstrated ability to work professionally with other student members for group projects on 1) Development and validation/checking of a generalised computer program, 2) Analysis of structures using commercially available software;

    8. Apply life-long learning skills.

    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 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 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.


    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.


    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.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni.

    Lecture Notes: To be available on MyUni.

    Recorded Video Lectures: To be available on MyUni.

    Computer Software: To be available on ECMS computer suits
    Recommended Resources
    Matrix and Finite Element Analyses of Structures, Madhujit Mukhopadhyay and Abdul Hamid Sheikh, ANE Books
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used to disseminate learning resources and information relevant to the course. In addition, the MyUni Discussion Boards, online Quizzes and Grade Centre will also be utilised in this course
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered in the format of lectures throug pre-recorded videos and interactive sessions through face-to face (workshops), and zoom/hybrid (consultation sessions) modes for problem-solving related assignments, group project, and preparation of final and mid-semester examinations. The consultation sessions will provide help students individually or in small groups for homework assignments, group project, general understanding of theories and solving problems. Teaching assistants will also be available for consultations.

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

    The information provides a rough guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to watching recorded lecture videos covering 6 topics in first 8 weeks (a topic can take 4 to 8 hours allocated for 1 to 2 weeks), students are expected to spend additional hours (can vary person to person) for revising lecture materials, practice examples from the lecture slides, solving homework assignment problems (6 assignments based on 6 topics), and preparation of fianal and mid-semester examinations. In last 4 to 5 weeks, students are expected to spend hours for the group project.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be available on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    You have to achieve 40% in the final examination to pass this course.
  • 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

    Final Examination
    Final Examination
    Homework Assignments 15 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8.
    Group Project 25 Group Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8.
    Mid-semester Examination (Quiz) 5 Individual Summative 1. 2. 5. 8.
    Final Examination 55 Individual Summative 40% 1. 2. 5. 8.
    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.
    Assessment Detail
    Full details of each assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
    Submission of homework assignments, project report with related documents, and online quiz through MyUni.

    Full submission details will be provided on MyUni.
    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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