Unit description

Examines the response of bodies or systems of bodies, at rest or in motion, to external load actions. Applied mechanics is the practical application of the principles of mechanics to real world examples. Statics is a branch of mechanics which deals with bodies at rest under the influence of forces in equilibrium. A teacher-student interaction strategy is used to ensure an understanding of the concepts and principles of mechanics.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to vectors
Topic 2: Vector sums, dot and cross products
Topic 3: Free body diagrams
Topic 4: Forces in equilibrium
Topic 5: Moments and couples
Topic 6: Centroids, first and second moments of area
Topic 7: Reactions in simply supported beams
Topic 8: Shearing force and bending moment
Topic 9: Trusses: reactions and forces in truss members

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • This book is available in the Lismore Co-op Bookshop: Hibbeler, RC, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 12th edn, Pearson. ISBN: 978-981-06-8134-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (2 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Practical Reports15%
Tutorial Exercises15%
Bridge Project: Testing and Report20%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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