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Lismore Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Presents 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

Introduction and Revision of Structural Mechanics Concepts
Determinate and Indeterminate Structures
Approximate Methods of Analysis
Compatibility Methods of Analysis
Equilibrium Methods of Analysis
Computer Modelling of Structures
Influence Lines

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of complex structural behaviour including the effects of stiffness/flexibility, determinacy and indeterminacy Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 apply approximate analysis methods to develop order of magnitude estimations of structural actions Knowledge of a discipline
3 analyse complex structures by hand using established engineering analysis methods such as compatibility and equilibrium methods Knowledge of a discipline
4 analyse complex structures using computer modelling techniques. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of complex structural behaviour including the effects of stiffness/flexibility, determinacy and indeterminacy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply approximate analysis methods to develop order of magnitude estimations of structural actions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse complex structures by hand using established engineering analysis methods such as compatibility and equilibrium methods
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. analyse complex structures using computer modelling techniques.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Hibbeler, RC, 2011, Structural Analysis, 8th edn in SI Units, Pearson Education, Singapore. ISBN: 9789810687137 (OUT OF PRINT).
  • In order to develop a much deeper appreciation of the lecture material, you are strongly encouraged to acquire a copy of one the reference texts: Hibbeler, RC, 2016, Structural Analysis, 9th edn in SI Units, Pearson Higher Education, Singapore. ISBN: 9781292089461 (Lecture notes are based on this version of the text).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.