Course Title: Finite Element Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Finite Element Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Offsh2 14


Stansfield College


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 4 09,
Offsh 1 10

Course Coordinator: Dr Mladenko Kajtaz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6122

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East 251-3-52

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: Solid Mechanics 3 (MIET1071) or equivalent

Course Description

The course introduces you to theoretical basics and practical application of the finite element method as well as to related numerical modelling techniques. It is designed to enable you to solve practical problems related to solid mechanics, machines and structures. This course, which is also a pre-requisite for an elective in applied computational engineering, provides a necessary tool for the analysis and solution of practical structures and processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)


Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Solve simple mechanical engineering problems using mathematical and numerical techniques.
  2. Model wire frame structures using truss and beam finite elements
  3. Model plane structures using different approaches including plane stress, plane strain, shell and 3D finite elements
  4. Extract and interpret results of the numerical simulations,
  5. Write professional reports,
  6. Utilise up-to-date interactive modelling and simulation techniques, and commercial software, in the solution of structural problems.

Overview of Learning Activities


Learning experiences in this course will include:

  1. Formal lectures;
  2. Problem-solving tutorials and lab demonstrations  in computer labs;
  3. Hands-on training in computer labs and working independently on-campus and off-campus;
  4. Performing Finite Element simulations
  5. Training in FEM report writing, so enhancing employability skills (eg. communication skills, project management skills)

The online learning system (Blackboard) is used to provide course documents and assessment tasks. Lectures will be recorded and made available on Blackboard. Also, assessment tasks will be submitted and feedback will be provided on Blackboard.

Overview of Learning Resources


The following learning resources are made available:

  • Learning package
  • Several recommended references.
  • Examples of FEM simulations
  • Additional summarised notes
  • Abaqus documentation
  • Recorded lectures

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Early Assessment Task:
Assignment 1:
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2:
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 3:
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 4:
End of semester open book exam:
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4,  6