Course Title: Mechanics of Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics of Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before commencing this course, you should have completed MATH2167 Mathematics 1 and MANU2112 Engineering Science, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces you to principles of Statics and Strength of Materials. Concepts include the action of force systems on rigid bodies, equilibrium of forces, forces acting on members of a pin jointed frame and friction. Other areas introduced include free body analysis of two and three dimensional force systems, shear force, bending moment diagrams.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Define the characteristics and calculate the magnitude of selected mechanical properties of materials.
2. Describe the basic concepts and principles and perform relevant calculations with respect to the mechanical properties of materials as they relate to problems of strength and stability of structures and mechanical components.
3. Analyse the effect of different methods of supporting and loading various members with regard to the strength and stability of structures and mechanical components.
4. Calculate the deflection of beams subjected to vertical point loads and uniformly distributed loads, using appropriate deflection formulae.


Overview of Learning Activities

The students will be involved with the following learning activities:
• Assignments
• Progress tests
• Quizzes
• Examinations
• Laboratory reports

The lectures will introduce the participant to understand the key concepts and theories of the following:
• Understand the use of both SI and Imperial units in problem solving.
• State and explain aspects of two-dimensional force systems and perform related calculations.
• State and explain concepts relating to the forces involved in a state of equilibrium in two dimensions, and perform related calculations.
• Analyse the forces within statically determinate beams.
• Calculate the support reactions and forces in the members of plane frames and machines.
• Analyse a statically determinate truss to measure truss member forces.
• Resolve three dimensional force systems.
• Determine conditions of equilibrium in three dimensional force systems.
• Calculate the force within a loaded statically determinate space frame.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.
The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

Overview of Assessment

☒ 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).

Assessment 1: Continuous Assessment
Tutorial Participation and Problem Solving

Weighting towards the final grade (%): 15

this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.2, 1.3, 1.6
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2: Class tests
Class tests 1 and 2

Weighting towards the final grade (%): 25
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.2, 1.3, 1.6
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3: Lab Work
Laboratory work 1 and 2

Weighting towards the final grade (%): 20
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.3, 1.6
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 4: Final Examination

Weighting towards the final grade (%): 40
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.2, 1.3, 1.6
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4