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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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, internal forces and friction.

Unit content

Vectors
Loads, Freebody Diagrams and Equilibrium
Reactions
Trusses
Sectional Properties
Internal Forces
Friction

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of load actions acting on bodies in equilibrium
2 demonstrate proficiency in calculating reactions in beams and trusses
3 determine properties of area including centroids and first and second moments of area
4 analyse axial force, shear force and bending moments in simple structures
5 analyse simply supported trusses to determine member forces
6 analyse problems involving frictional forces.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of load actions acting on bodies in equilibrium
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate proficiency in calculating reactions in beams and trusses
    • GA4:
  3. determine properties of area including centroids and first and second moments of area
    • GA4:
  4. analyse axial force, shear force and bending moments in simple structures
    • GA4:
  5. analyse simply supported trusses to determine member forces
    • GA4:
  6. analyse problems involving frictional forces.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • 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.