LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Examines the response of bodies or systems of bodies at rest when subjected to external load actions. Covers the fundamental mechanics concepts of vectors, loads, freebody diagrams and equilibrium. Presents methods to calculate reactions, forces in trusses, as well as sectional properties and internal forces.

Unit content

Loads, Freebody Diagrams and Equilibrium
Sectional Properties
Internal Forces

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, 2016, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 14th Edition in SI Units, Pearson. ISBN: 9781292089232.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Practical session 1 hour (3 weeks)
Tutorial Exercise15%
Practical Report15%
Bridge Project20%
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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Fee information


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