- One Semester or equivalent
- 50 hours plus blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
Assumed KnowledgeVCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4
Aims and objectives
The aim of this unit 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. Examples used in this unit cover a broad range of engineering applications in Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical and Mechatronics to name a few.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Discern and determine the magnitude of loads acting on simple structural members (K1, K2, K3, S1)
2. Analyse 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)
3. Analyse 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)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
|On Campus Lecture||1||12||12|
|On Campus Class||2||10||20|
On Campus Class (Specialist Space)
|Live Online Lecture||2||12||24|
|Online Learning Activities||2.5||12||30|
Unspecified Activities Independent Learning
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
- Forces and Equilibrium: Force Vectors, Force System Resultants and Equilibrium of a Rigid Body
- Analysis of Trusses by Method of Joints and Method of Sections
- Analysis of Beams – Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams
- Section Properties of Structural Members: Centre of Area (Centroid) of a Section and Second Moment of Area (Moment of Inertia) of a Section
- Stresses in Beams – Average Axial Stress, Average Shear Stress, Transverse and Longitudinal Shear Stress and Bending Stress
- Reading materials.
A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline.