Course Title: Mechanics of Solids

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics of Solids

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


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


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


City Campus


520T Future Technologies


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.95C

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before commencing this course, you should have completed MATH2168 Mathematics 2 and MIET2139 Mechanics of Materials, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the calculations concerned with the mechanical properties of materials as they relate to the strength and stability of structures and mechanical components, and the skills and knowledge required to develop analytical techniques used to solve a wide range of linear stress/strain problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the concepts and principles, and perform calculations, relative to the strength and stability of structures and mechanical components;
2. Define the characteristics and calculate the magnitude of combined stresses in individual members and complete structures;
3. Analyse various situations involving structural members subjected to combined stresses
4. by application of Mohr’s circle of stress; and
5. Calculate the deflection at any point on a beam subjected to a combination of loads.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures and Tutorials, with work sheets solving problems tutorials, Computer Simulations, Assignments and exam. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

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 1: Tests and Quizzes  
Weighting towards final grade: 40% 

Assessment 1 assess the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2 
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 


Assessment 2: Practical Work  
Weighting towards final grade: 20% 

Assessment 2 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2 
CLO 2, 3, 5  


Assessment 3: Final Assessment  
Weighting towards final grade: 40% 

Assessment 3 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2 
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5