Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lizi Sironic (Clayton); Ms Lim Jen Nee Jones (Sunway)


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the context and terminology related to engineering structures. It will allow students to translate real world forces into abstract form for engineering modelling. The unit aims to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering statics and their application to trusses and beams through design. Knowledge of various construction materials is developed to allow material choice for truss and beam design. Design of beams continues the theme of engineering statics through introduction to shear forces, bending moments and stress, and deflection.


At the completion of this unit students will have the following knowledge and understanding:

  1. understanding of the role of stress and structures in modern society
  2. appreciation of different structural forms and modelling of structures
  3. understanding of fundamentals of engineering statics through design of trusses and beams
  4. knowledge and skills to translate real world forces into abstract form for engineering modelling
  5. understanding of loads and load paths
  6. knowledge of different construction materials for truss and beam design

Skills to

  1. perform simple calculations to estimate forces
  2. calculate reactions
  3. determine forces in trusses
  4. determine axial stress and deformation in trusses
  5. determine moments and shear forces in beams
  6. determine bending stress in beams
  7. calculate beam deflections
  8. calculate geometric properties of a cross section
  9. complete tasks as part of a team
  10. improve oral and written communication skills


  1. appreciation of the role of engineers in society
  2. confidence in identifying new engineering problems and formulating original solutions.


Continuous assessment: 50%
Closed book exam (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and seven hours of private study per week.


VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.