Engineering Mechanics

EAT10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 72 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

The aim of Mechanics of Structures is to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of equilibrium and the behaviour of structural elements and systems which include beams, struts, shafts and trusses under applied loads.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
#Unit Learning Outcome Description
ULO1Discern and determine the magnitude of loads acting on simple structural members (K1, K2, K3, S1)
ULO2Analyse rigid body equilibrium including: a. Construct free body diagrams showing the function of simple structural elements; b. Analyse the force(s) or moment(s) required to maintain a structure in equilibrium; c. Analyse external reactions on structural members under applied loading; d. Construct axial force, shear force and bending moment diagrams for simple beams (K1, K2, K3, S1)
ULO3Analyse the behaviour of structural members including: a. Analyse section properties for simple cross sections; b. Analyse internal axial stresses, shear stresses and bending stresses in structural members such as beams, trusses, ties, struts, shafts and bolts (K1, K2, K3, S1)