Unit description

Presentation of the principles necessary to analyse complex structural behaviour. Compatibility and equilibrium methods to analyse indeterminate structures are introduced, in addition to approximate methods of analysis for verification purposes. Computer modelling techniques for the analysis of structures are also covered.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and Revision of Structural Mechanics Concepts
Topic 2: Determinate and Indeterminate Structures
Topic 3: Approximate Methods of Analysis
Topic 4: Compatibility Methods of Analysis
Topic 5: Equilibrium Methods of Analysis
Topic 6: Influence Lines
Topic 7: Computer Modelling of Structures

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 1

  • In order to develop a much deeper appreciation of the lecture material, you are strongly encouraged to acquire a copy of the reference text: Hibbeler, RC, 2011, Structural Analysis, 8th edn in SI Units, Pearson Education, Singapore. ISBN: 9789810687137.
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 (12 weeks)
Tutorial Exercise5%
Tutorial Exercise5%
Practical Report10%
Computer Modelling Report10%
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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