Course Title: Structural Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Structural Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr. Srikanth Venkatesan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1963

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.14

Course Coordinator Availability: as displayed on the door

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. Basic Physics and Statics knowledge will be useful.

Course Description

This course introduces modeling and design of structural elements subjected to transverse loads (beams). It builds on prior knowledge and skills of analysis and design of structural members subjected to axial loads and trusses.

You will learn to evaluate internal forces, moments and corresponding stresses in beams through problem solving sessions and possible laboratory activities. This knowledge will be applied to a real-life design project, developing skills in design of structures to satisfy functional and strength requirements.

This course provides foundation knowledge, skills and their application which are relevant to subsequent courses in Civil Engineering. 

Whilst CIVE1188 Structural Analysis is based in the City Campus, laboratory work or other hands on work may take place in the Bundoora East Campus from 2021 onwards. Please consult with your course coordinator for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) for students who commenced their program in 2023:

  • PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
  • PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity.
  • PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
  • PLO7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation. 


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Identify the internal forces and moments in beams to develop shear force and bending moment diagrams,

2. Assess section properties, bending and deflections in beams,

3. Evaluate shear stresses in beams,

4. Analyse stress transformations in structural elements.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will solve a range of problems related to the subtopics in the course material.  Minor laboratory component may be involved. Predominantly requires individual study interspersed with collaborative discussion. This course is supported by the CANVAS learning management system

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in intensive lecture and tutorial sessions. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text, recommended references and a learning package will be used as required. Further, access to computers, free software and Laboratory resources will be provided during the course as required.

Overview of Assessment

The course involves three major assessment tasks which are designed aligning with the expected outcomes of the course.  They are a major report on a real structure during the semester with three sub tasks and the final assessment. Details of each assessment are given below.

Note that:

 ☒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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Cardboard project (online, 24 hours, in Week 4)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2.


Assessment Task 2:  Video Project assignment (online, 24 hours, in Weeks 8 and 12)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 4.


Assessment 3: End of semester assignment (online, 24 hours spread around 3 days)

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 4.