Course Title: Analyse force systems (basic)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: CIVE5671

Course Title: Analyse force systems (basic)

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anita Mehmi,
GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001
PHONE: 99252011

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

EDX130B – Use technical mathematics (basic)

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to solve problems involving forces, moments and hydrostatic pressure on simple structures and carry out some basic stress, strain and deformation calculations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX100B Analyse force systems (basic)


01. Complete sketches of simple force systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Simple force systems are neatly and clearly represented.
1.2 Known forces are sketched and defined by labelling in terms of magnitude, direction, sense and point of application.
1.3 Each unknown force is sketched and identified and defined by unique pronumerals in terms of magnitude, direction, sense and point of application.
1.4 Rectangular components are drawn and correctly labelled.


02. Analyse coplanar concurrent force systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The resultant and equilibriant of a coplanar concurrent force system can be determined.
2.2 The principle of Static Equilibrium can be used to determine unknown forces (magnitude and/or direction) in concurrent force systems in equilibrium.


03. Analyse coplanar nonconcurrent force systems.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The value of the resultant moment about a specific point of a system of coplanar non-concurrent forces can be determined.
3.2 Applied torque can be calculated.
3.3 The moment of a couple can be determined.
3.4 An equivalent force/couple system to replace the effect of a force or system of coplanar, non-concurrent forces can be determined.
3.5 The line of action of a resultant of a parallel force system can be determined using the principle of moments.


04. Calculate support reactions for simply supported horizontal beams using the equations of equilibrium.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The support with a reaction in a known direction can be recognized and the direction described.
4.2 A Free Body Diagram can be drawn of a simply supported horizontal beam showing the loads and support reactions.
4.3 Support reactions (magnitude & direction) can be determined, using the principles of equilibrium.


05. Calculate support reactions for cantilevers.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 A Free Body Diagram can be drawn of a simple cantilever structure showing the moment and force support reactions.
5.2 The force reaction (magnitude and direction) can be determined using the principle of static equilibrium of forces.
5.3 The moment reaction can be determined using the principle of static equilibrium of moments.


06. Analyse direct stresses.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The types of direct stresses that need to be considered for a simple loaded structure are determined.
6.2 Calculations are completed to determine direct stresses.


07. Determine sizes for simple members subjected to direct normal, shear or bearing stress.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The possible types of failure that need to be considered in a given simple loaded structure are determined.
7.2 Calculations are completed to determine the nominal dimensions of members subject to direct loads.
7.3 Factors of Safety are applied in determining nominal sizes of members.


08. Determine deformations due to axial stress / strain.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Calculations are completed to determine strains and deformations in simple members subjected to axial loads.


09. Determine the centroid, second moment of area and radius of gyration of plane figures.

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Given the dimensions of a section, the centroid, second moment of area and radius of gyration are calculated.


10. Determine the bending stress in simple loaded beams subjected to bending.

Performance Criteria:

10.1 Load, vertical shear force and bending moment diagrams are drawn for simple beams subjected to a combination of given point and uniformly distributed loads, in order to determine the maximum shear force and bending moment.
10.2 The flexure formula is used to calculate the maximum compressive and maximum tensile bending stress in a beam.


11. Calculate the deflection of simple loaded beams.

Performance Criteria:

11.1 A standard table of deflection formulae is used to calculate the deflection of beams subjected to a combination of point and uniformly distributed loads.
11.2 Extrapolation is used for determining the deflection of cantilever beams subjected to a part UDL.

Learning Outcomes

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Details of Learning Activities

These are listed in both the Learning Guide and the Teaching Schedule on the BlackBoard.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElements / Performance Criteria
1 Concurrent forces 01. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4  02.   2.1, 2.2 
2 Concurrent forces/Non-concurrent forces 02.  2.1, 2.2    03. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
3 Non-concurrent forces 03. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
4 Reactions in beams/cantilevers

 04. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4   05. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 
Test on elements 1, 2 and 3

5 Stress, strain and elasticity 06. 6.1, 6.2   07. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3   08. 8.1
6 Stress, strain and elasticity 06. 6.1, 6.2   07. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3   08. 8.1
7 Properties of sections 09.   9.1
8 Properties of sections 09.   9.1
9 Revision 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 9.1 
10 Exam 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 9.1
11 Shear force and bending moment 10.   10.1
12 Shear force and bending moment 10.   10.1
13 Bending in beams 10.   10.2
14 Bending in beams 10.   10.2
15 Deflection of beams 11.   11.1, 11.2
16 Revision10.1, 10.2, 11.1, 11.2
17-18 Exam10.1, 10.2, 11.1, 11.2
17-18 Feedback 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Engineering Mechanics, Val Ivanoff (McGraw-Hill)


Other Resources

The RMIT Learning Guide on the BlackBoard constitutes the major resource for this course.

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

Assessment Tasks

This is a competency-based course and competency must be demonstrated for each element (shown above) to achieve competency for the course.
The elements and performance criteria are contained within the topics as listed in the teaching schedule on the BlackBoard.
Each topic will be assessed using the form of assessment and weighting shown below.
Short quizzes will be held during classes to provide student feedback but these will not contribute towards formal assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs EDX100B Elements & Performance Criteria.

ElementForm of assessmentWeightingWhen
1, 2, 3Test10%Week 4                     
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Exam 1  45%Week 10
10, 11Exam 245%Week 17/18

Assessment Matrix table.

   EDX100B Elements & Performance Criteria

Exam 1           XXXXXXXXXXXXXX    
Exam 2                         XXXX

Other Information

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