Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Akbar Afaghi Khatibi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256105

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. Some exposure to high school physics would be an advantage.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to structures and solid mechanics. Starting with Newton’s laws, the concepts of equilibrium and free body diagrams are established. These are extended to examine simple 2D structures. Internal loads of shear force, axial force and bending moments are examined, with introduction to tensile stress-strain curves of engineering materials and the concepts of elasticity and elastic limit. The flexural formula is introduced and the significance of the second moment of area and centroid is outlined. Torsional loading is examined and the differences between frames and machines are highlighted. Statically indeterminant structures are analysed using compatibility concepts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse the states of static equilibrium for objects subjected to forces/couple systems, including external free body force/couple diagrams; 
  2. Determine internal forces, stress and strain in simple pin-jointed trusses, beams and frames including normal force, bending moment and shearing force diagrams;    
  3. Evaluate geometrical properties of cross-sections and stiffness and strength properties of engineering materials;    
  4. Analyse torsional stress and angle of twist in circular shafts used for power transformation
  5. Analyse statically indeterminate structures subjected to axial and torsional loading
  6. Apply the flexural formula to simple structures to calculate the bending stress

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, in-class, online and during tutorial quizzes, laboratories, assignments, tutorials and a final exam.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exam and quiz questions and references.

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).

Assessment Tasks

Online quizzes and class tests
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Spaghetti Bridge Project
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Laboratory Report
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs 3

Final exam
Weighting 45%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-6