CIVILENG 3001 - Computer Analysis of Structures and Structural Dynamics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CIVILENG 3001 Course Computer Analysis of Structures and Structural Dynamics Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate 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 Prerequisites ((C&ENVENG 2025 or CEME 2001 or CIVILENG 2001) and (C&ENVENG 2030 or CEME 2002 or CIVILENG 2002)) Assumed Knowledge MATHS 2106, Numerical Methods and Computer Program (Fortram/ Matlab) Restrictions Available to BE(Civil), BE(Architectural & Structural) & associated double degree students Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Professor Alex Ching-Tai Ng
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.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Explain 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 Apply these principles in solving structural problems manually (hand calculations) as well as using computer programs. 3 Develop own computer programs for analysing structures of different shapes, sizes, and complexities. 4 Employ commercially available computer software used in Australian industry for analysing different types of skeletal structures. 5 Demonstrate ability in problem identification, relevant theoretical formulations, and solving structural analysis problems. 6 Demonstrate ability to manage tasks related to home work-assignments within the allocated time to meet submission deadlines. 7 Demonstrate 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 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):
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 B B C — A — B B B 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.
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.
Required ResourcesLecture 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 in computer suites.
Matrix and Finite Element Analyses of Structures, Madhujit Mukhopadhyay and Abdul Hamid Sheikh, ANE Books
Online LearningMyUni 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 ModesThe 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.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
Specific Course RequirementsYou have to achieve 40% in the final examination to pass this course.
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Assessment Task Task Type Individual / Group Due
Weighting Hurdle Criteria Learning Outcome Homework Assignments Summative Individual 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Group Project Summative Group 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 Mid-semester Exam (Quiz) Summative Individual 5% 1, 2, 5, 8 Final Exam Summative Individual 55% min 40% 1, 2, 5, 8
* 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.
SubmissionSubmission of homework assignments, project report with related documents, and online quiz through MyUni.
Full submission details will be provided on MyUni.
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
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