Mechanics of Structures

ENG10003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1 Higher Ed. Semester 2

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


Assumed Knowledge
VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4

Aims and objectives

The aim of ENG10003 – 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. 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
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)