Course Title: Structural Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Structural Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical 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 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr. Srikanth Venkatesan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1963

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.28C

Course Coordinator Availability: as displayed on the door

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Knowledge of statics is highly desirable.

Course Description

This course introduces modeling and design of structural elements subjected to transverse loads (beams). It builds on prior knowledge and skills of analysis and design of structural members subjected to axial loads and trusses.

You will learn to evaluate internal forces, moments and corresponding stresses in beams through problem solving sessions and laboratory activities. This knowledge will be applied to a real life design project, developing skills in design of structures to satisfy functional and strength requirements. A model building project will allow you to test your analytical skills as you design and build a structure which will be tested to failure in class.

This course provides foundation knowledge, skills and their application which are relevant to subsequent courses in Civil Engineering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor 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.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Identify the internal forces and moments in beams to develop shear force and bending moment diagrams,

2. Assess section properties, bending and deflections in beams,

3. Evaluate shear stresses in beams,

4. Analyse stress transformations in structural elements.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will solve a range of problems related to the sub topics in the course material.  A minor laboratory component may be involved. The course predominantly requires individual study interspersed with collaborative team work, supported by the Blackboard learning management system. 

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in intensive lecture and tutorial sessions. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text:

Hibbeler, R.C., Engineering Mechanics, Statics, 12th edition in SI units Prentice Hall

Hibbeler, R.C., Mechanics of Materials, 8th Edition in SI units, Prentice Hall

Standard textbooks that cover course contents may also be available in RMIT Library.

Online material may also be provided.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite tasks. Class tests and examination are individual assessments and laboratory work or other assignments may be based on team based assessment.  

Note that: ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:  Test 1

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1.

Assessment Task 2:  Test 2

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Test 3

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment 4: Assignments

Weighting 15% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 4.

Assessment 5: Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 4.