CIVILENG 1004 - Engineering Mechanics -Statics

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2024

This course familiarises students with the principles of static equilibrium by applying Newton's laws of motion to solve engineering problems. This course is usually taken as a core component in various engineering programs but may also be suitable as an elective in other engineering programs. The course content is delivered with pre-recorded videos, which are reinforced in problem solving workshops. Success in the course is assessed with regular online assessments during semester and a final examination at the end of the course. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of the engineering problems and concepts through drawing free body diagrams and self-checking strategies. This course is foundational in the development of key engineering competencies of knowledge and skill base for future practice, in many disciplines, as a professional engineer.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CIVILENG 1004
    Course Engineering Mechanics -Statics
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (Semester 1); Up to 8 hours (Summer Semester) per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible TECH 1006
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics
    Course Description This course familiarises students with the principles of static equilibrium by applying Newton's laws of motion to solve engineering problems. This course is usually taken as a core component in various engineering programs but may also be suitable as an elective in other engineering programs. The course content is delivered with pre-recorded videos, which are reinforced in problem solving workshops. Success in the course is assessed with regular online assessments during semester and a final examination at the end of the course. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of the engineering problems and concepts through drawing free body diagrams and self-checking strategies. This course is foundational in the development of key engineering competencies of knowledge and skill base for future practice, in many disciplines, as a professional engineer.
    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
    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 Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  
     
    1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.53.6
    C A B A A
    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.

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    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.

    4,5,6,8,9

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

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    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

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    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A full set of course notes are available in pdf format 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
    The formal learning activities are a combination of lecture (pre-recorded), tutorial and workshop style formats. For example, new material will be presented and supported by problem solving exercises (formative assessment) to be completed by students. Students are encouraged to participate in an interactive environment, and seek clarification of theory presented where necessary.
    Workload

    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.

    In addition to the formal learning activities, it is expected that students will complete the recommended homework exercises (as a minimum) as outlined in the Learning Activities Summary below.
    Learning Activities Summary
    No Topics (Course Notes)
    1 Introduction to Mechanics
    2 Force Vectors
    3 Particle Equilibrium
    4 Free Body Diagram
    5 Moments
    6 Couple
    7 Rigid Body Equilibrium
    8 Friction
    9 Truss (Method of joints/sections)
    10 Centroid and Centre of Gravity
    11 Distributed Loading and Fluid Pressure
    12 Internal Force
    Specific Course Requirements
    In addition to a minimum of 50% combined total mark, a minimum mark of 40% in the final examination will be used to assess whether you pass the 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
    Assessments Weighting
    (%)
    Individual/
    Group
    Formative/
    Summative
    Due
    (Week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Formative Assignments 0 Individual Formative 1-7 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Summative Assignments 
    (Online quizzes)
    28 Individual Summative 1-7 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9
    Summative Assignments
    (Homewok assignments) 
    12 ndividual Summative 3-7 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9
    Final Examination 60 Individual Summative End Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Total 100

    * The specific due date for each assessments 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
    In addition to a minimum of 50% combined total mark, a minimum mark of 40% in the final examination will be used to assess whether you pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    There will be nine (9) online quizzes where the final answers along with their units are to be entered in the designated boxes of the online tool and submitted. Also, there will three (3) homework assignments where full slutions (handwritten/typed) are to be submitted. These assessments will be open book and available for the students to complete outside of the formal teaching hours, but within a specified time period upon release. It will also provide the opportunity for students to receive timely feedback.

    There will be one (1) final written examination undertaken at the end of semester. The examination will be 3-hours and conducted under closed book conditions.

    Full worked solutions to past examinations will not be provided. Some past exam papers are available in the Barr Smith Library, however the exam format and syllabus has changed significantly since 2008.
    Submission
    As indicated in the Learning and Teaching Modes Section of this outline, the format of the formal learning activities are designed to encourage interaction with students and provide the opportunity for problems to be completed in class. This allows immediate formative feedback to be provided on student performance. Students are expected to reflect on their progress.
    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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