Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Leo Brewin (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)


Structural engineering analysis and design topics include trusses, beams, columns, calculation of reactions and deflections. Design of simple structures.


As a project based unit, this unit should develop the student's knowledge and understanding. Understanding of the way in which civil engineers investigate and solve problems, including the need to understand the environment in which the problem is embedded. Knowledge of basic design. Knowledge of basic structural form and how structures carry load; static equilibrium; limit state concepts; truss analysis and stability; shear force and bending moment diagrams; buckling and serviceability; equilibrium and compatibility. Skills. Ability to acquire knowledge in the pursuit of solving engineering problems, ability to make critical observations of engineering problems and to successfully apply the acquired knowledge. Specific skills related to the analysis and design of simple structural elements. Communication skills, in both oral and written forms. Computer skills and knowledge of one structural analysis software package. Attitudes. Appreciation of the relevance of engineering knowledge to engineering practice. Confidence in the ability to tackle new engineering problems, particularly in the structural design environment, through the development of the above skills, knowledge and understanding.


Examination (3 hours): 40%
Coursework: 60%
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.

Workload requirements

24 lectures, 24 hours of practice classes and 3 hours site visits

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Chief examiner(s)


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