Course Title: Apply advanced static principles to engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET7501

Course Title: Apply advanced static principles to engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir Zokaei-Fard

Tel: + (61) (3) 9925 4184

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

It is recommended that learners attempting this unit have the required knowledge and skills as described in:
VBP231 Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems;
VBP234 Apply calculus to engineering problems; or equivalent.

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply advanced static concepts and principles to solve complex engineering problems. It includes two and three dimensional force analysis and associated diagrams for structures and mechanical componentry.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

The unit applies to engineering, manufacturing and construction environments where the application of advanced statics can provide solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems.

This unit of competency is intended for programs at Advanced Diploma level or higher.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU257 Apply advanced static principles to engineering problems


1. Determine the extent of advanced statics required for the analysis

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.3 The engineering problem is determined through requests, design briefs or equivalent and clarified with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Expert advice is sought with respect to the engineering problem and according to enterprise procedures, if appropriate.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources and equipment required are identified, obtained and checked as fit for the purpose. 


2. Apply principles of advanced statics in the analysis or design of a solution

Performance Criteria:

 2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Industry codes, regulations and technical documentation relevant to the engineering problem are interpreted and understood.
2.3 Where appropriate, tables and graphs are used to obtain computational data.
2.4 The appropriate assumptions underlying the engineering problem are made and recorded.
2.5 The most appropriate analytical, computational or design methodology is selected and can be justified.


3. Verify, document & interpret analysis and/or design

Performance Criteria:

 3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 The results of the analysis or design are recorded and documented in accordance with requirements and enterprise procedures.
3.3 Where appropriate, results are graphed and/or charted and interpreted.
3.4 A formal report to present outcomes is prepared according to enterprise procedures, if required.

Learning Outcomes


1. Determine the extent of advanced statics required for the analysis

2. Apply principles of advanced statics in the analysis or design of a solution

3. Verify, document and interpret analysis and/or design


Required Skills :
• interpreting industry codes, regulations and technical documentation;
• selecting the most appropriate computational method to analyse and solve the engineering problem;
• solving engineering problems involving the analysis of two dimensional force and couple systems;
• representing forces and moments as three dimensional Cartesian vectors;
• analysing and solving engineering problems involving basic three dimensional applications;
• analysing and solving problems involving free body diagrams of two and three dimensional structures and assemblies;
• constructing shear force and bending moment diagrams for structures and assemblies subjected to two and three dimensional force systems.
• presenting results in graphs, charts and tables to requirements;
• writing technical reports;
• working with others in a team;
• adapt to changes in work.

Required knowledge :
• two dimensional force analysis;
• three dimensional force analysis;
• free body diagrams of two and three dimensional systems;
• shear force, bending moments and torque diagrams for two and three dimensional force systems.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in the principles of:
- Static Equilibrium
- Shear force, bending moment and torsion diagrams

The course will be using a number of means such as lectures, reading tasks and assignments to achieve these objectives.

Lecture: The lectures are 150 minutes long- with two 10 minutes breaks in between- and take place once a week. We lecture mainly using Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.
Readings: The readings will use the recommended textbooks and give an overview of the published literature in the field. Normally readings are assigned at the end of each lecture in preparation of the next lecture.
Assignment: The assignment will challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge from the lectures.

Teaching Schedule

This course involves the delivery over 16 scheduled sessions using the following format:

Session No. Topic Note
1 Preliminary: Vector operations of forces; the equilibrium concept and creating a Free-Body Diagram (FBD)
2 Introduction to statics: Calculation of support reactions of statically determinate beams, frames and trusses
3 Tutorial
4 Tutorial- compound beams
5 Calculation of forces in the members of plane frames, trusses and machines by the methods of section and joints
6 Tutorial
7 Tutorial and Review (Assignment 1 Due)
8 Test 1
9 Internal forces developed in statically determinate beams and method of construction of shear force and bending moment diagrams
10 Tutorial
11 Tutorial
12 Analysis of three dimensional frames and trusses
13 Tutorial
14 Tutorial
15 Tutorial and Review
16 Test 2 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as handouts, exercises, study guides, generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


Kinsky, Roger, Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials, McGraw-Hill, 1986
Meriam, Kraige & Palm, William J, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
Beer, F.E. & Johnston, R. & Eisenberg, E.,Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007 

Other Resources

1. Megson, Thomas .G.H., Structural and Stress Analysis, , 2nd Edition, Elsevier (Butterworth Heinemann), 2005
2. Shames, Irvin .H., Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1996
3. Shames, Irvin H. & Pittaresi, James M., Introduction to Solid Mechanics, Prentice Hall, 2000
4. Ivanoff, val, Engineering Mechanics, McGraw-Hill, 1996
5. Hibbler, Russel C., Engineering Mechanics; Statics, 11th Edition, Pearson, 2007
6. Hibbler, Russel C., Statics and Mechanis of Materials, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2004
7. Bedford A. & Fowler, W., Engineering Mechanics Statics, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2008.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical Reports & Unit Tests.
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.

Assessment Tasks

Successful graduation from the course is achieved when you demonstrate competency in ALL elements of the unit, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.
The candidates who are assessed as competent, then, will be graded according to their performance on assessment tasks. The assessment will be done based on two assignments and two written Tests. Contribution of each task towards the final result is as follows:
One assignments 30%
Two written Test: 70% (2 x 35%)

Assessment Matrix

Assignment 1    1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5

Test 1                  1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3

Test 2                  1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3

Other Information

 Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support
Students are strongly encouraged to make full use of this service.
Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.

Please Refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit

Special Consideration:

Special Consideration is a variation to an assessment which takes into account the impact of unexpected circumstances which have affected a student’s performance in an assessment or prevented them from attempting an assessment task, including an examination.
Please refer students/ Administration/Assessment/Special consideration/ to find the latest information about the purpose, eligibility and process of special consideration and the online form.

If you are seeking extensions for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration from under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

Please Refer;ID=riderwtscifm to find more information about special consideration


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Please Refer: to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Information:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails; suggested daily.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview