CIVILENG 2002 - Structural Mechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

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. This course is a core course for students studying Civil Engineering and Architectural and Structural Engineering. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's ability to both model and analyse statically determinate and indeterminate structures. The course will demonstrate the determination of loading from Australian standards, the distribution to structural members and the pathways that loads take to get to a structure?s foundations. The course is taught in a flipped class mode, with on campus workshops reinforcing the course material supplied in the lecture notes and pre-recorded videos. Theoretical mechanics components are assessed via regular assignments and the final examination. A group design project allows students to demonstrate the application of mechanics, learnt in their degree program to this point, and loading and load paths to the design of a realistic structure in conjunction.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CIVILENG 2002
    Course Structural Mechanics
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    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 CIVILENG 1004
    Assumed Knowledge CEME 2001 or CIVILENG 2001
    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. This course is a core course for students studying Civil Engineering and Architectural and Structural Engineering. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's ability to both model and analyse statically determinate and indeterminate structures. The course will demonstrate the determination of loading from Australian standards, the distribution to structural members and the pathways that loads take to get to a structure?s foundations. The course is taught in a flipped class mode, with on campus workshops reinforcing the course material supplied in the lecture notes and pre-recorded videos. Theoretical mechanics components are assessed via regular assignments and the final examination. A group design project allows students to demonstrate the application of mechanics, learnt in their degree program to this point, and loading and load paths to the design of a realistic structure in conjunction.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Terry Bennett

    Course Timetable

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

    Week Lecture/Tutorials
    1 Course Introduction
    Determinate Frames
    2 Qualitative Analysis
    Qualitative Analysis
    3 Approximate Analysis
    Influence lines
    4 Virtual Work (truss deflections)
    Virtual Work (truss deflections)
    5 Virtual Work (indeterminate truss)
    Virtual Work (indeterminate truss)
    6 Virtual Work (beam)
    Virtual Work (Indeterminate)
    7 Slope-deflection eqns (intro)
    Slope-deflection eqns (no-sway)
    8 SDEs - sway frames
    SDEs - sway frames
    Mid semester break
    Mid semester break
    9 Loading
    Load paths
    10 Project
    11 Project
    12 Project

    Revision lecture
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Determine the design loading on structures using design codes and assess the Load paths for common structural forms.
    2 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.
    3 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.
    4 Apply Euler beam theory to calculate the deflection of beams using the double integration method.
    5 Apply the principle of virtual work to calculate the deflections and internal forces of structures.
    6 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 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
    B B A B B A A A A 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.

    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.

    1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of lecture notes and pre-recorded video materials 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.
    Workload

    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
    Mechanics Workshops 32 24 56
    Assignments 0 16 16
    Design Project Workshop 16 24 40
    Exam (and revision) 3 11 14
    Total 51 99 150
    Learning Activities Summary

  • 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 Task Type Individual / Group Due
    (week)*
    Weighting Hurdle Criteria Learning Outcome
    Tutorials Formative Individual 2 - 10 0% 1 - 7
    Assessments Summative Individual 2 - 9 16% 1 - 7
    Project Summative Group 10 - 12 24% 1, 2
    Examination Summative Individual 60% min 40%

    * 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
    The course has a blend of assessments to facilitate student learning. Each course component has formative assessments that are embedded in the provided course notes. The formative problems are worked on in timetabled workshops with feedback given by the course teachers in class. These assignments are designed to prepare students for the summative assignments, which are similar in both style and difficulty. Written and verbal beedback is provided, usually, within 10 days of the submission deadline.

    The course also incorporates a design project where students work in small groups to design a simplified, but realistic, structure to withstand dead, live and wind loading. A small report to the client and corresponding engineering calculations are required to be submitted as a group assignment. The group members are required to submit a peer review of the contributions of the group members to the submission.

    The final assessment piece is an invigilated written exam, covering topics throughout the course and unseen questions, similar in style to the formative and summative assignments that the students have received feedback.
    Submission
    All assignments are submitted into MyUni online as document uploads. Students are expected to scan hand written calculations and drawings into portable document format.
    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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