Course Title: Analyse force systems (advanced)

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Analyse force systems (advanced)

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 2010,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to extend basic skills and knowledge in calculating forces, moments and stresses to AQF level 5. It brings the level of competency in force and stress analysis to that needed to commence design calculations in either the mechanical or structural field using Australian and/or ISO Design Standards.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EDX130B – Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B – Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EDX100B – Analyse force systems (basic)

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EDX190B Analyse force systems (advanced)


01. Solve problems using the laws of dry sliding friction.

02. Determine support reactions for determinate structures.

03. Determine the internal forces acting on members of a pin jointed truss.

04. Determine the pin reactions of a pin jointed frame.

05. Determine pin and support reactions for a simple noncoplanar non-concurrent force system.

06. Determine bolt sizes or number of bolts required for simple bolted connections.

07. Determine the nominal weld size or length of weld required on simple welded connections.

08. Determine wall thickness in thin walled cylinders subjected to pressure.

09. Calculate shaft size and angle of twist for simple circular shafts subject to torques.

10. Use Johnson or Euler equations to determine buckling loads.

11. Determine the thermal stress in single members caused by restraint and changes in temperature.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Elements

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction