Course Title: Statics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Statics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr. Jie Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Statics is a one-semester course which offers you the opportunity to engage in the exciting task of identifying, idealising, analysing and designing a bridge structure. You will discover the elements of mechanics required to complete this task. These include cartesian vectors, forces and moments, equilibrium of plane bodies, analysis of plane pin-jointed truss forms to determine axial stress, deformations and buckling load. Learning activities allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the practical design of a model bridge structure for optimum strength which will be verified using experimentation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes forBH077Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Identify characteristics of structural forms, load paths and types of loads

2. Discriminate vectors from scalars, represent a physical system in vector format and perform mathematical operations on vectors

3. Develop equivalent systems of forces for ease of analysis and solve unknown restraints to a rigid body using equilibrium

4. Idealise a civil infrastructure supported by a truss system (including plane pin-jointed trusses) using analytically tractable components

5. Calculate forces, stresses, deformations and strains in individual elements of a truss and the buckling load of a straight pin-ended compression member

6. Apply conceptual knowledge in designing and building a model truss.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves lectures, tutorials, weekly quizzes, building a model bridge, laboratory classes and a semester-long bridge design project. Concepts underlying each topic are made clear through problem solving in tutorial classes. The lab work and the design project foster group discussion and communication skills relevant to professional engineering practices. Assessments are completed individually (lab reports and model truss bridge) and in teams (bridge design project).  

Total study hours: Total of 48 hours guided teaching in lecture and tutorial classes. 5 hours of self-directed learning per week is recommended.

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources include a text book, recommended reference books, learning packages, Blackboard lecture notes and lab manuals.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Weekly quizzes

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 2:  Mid semester test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4-5

Assessment 4: Bridge design project (Team)

Weighting 25% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment 5: Model truss bridge building/testing

Weighting 10% 

This assessment supports CLOs 6

Assessment 6: Final exam

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-5