Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Francisco Tovar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5279

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. Some exposure to high school physics would be an advantage.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to structures and solid mechanics. Starting with Newton’s laws, the concepts of equilibrium and free body diagrams are established. These are extended to examine simple 2D structures. Internal loads of shear force, axial force and bending moments are examined, with introduction to tensile stress-strain curves of engineering materials and the concepts of elasticity and elastic limit. The flexural formula is introduced and the significance of the second moment of area and centroid is outlined. Torsional loading is examined and the differences between frames and machines are highlighted. Statically indeterminant structures are analysed using compatibility concepts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline;
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources;
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse the states of static equilibrium for objects subjected to forces/couple systems, including external free body force/couple diagrams; 
  2. Determine internal forces, stress and strain in simple pin-jointed trusses, beams and frames including normal force, bending moment and shearing force diagrams;    
  3. Evaluate geometrical properties of cross-sections and stiffness and strength properties of engineering materials;    
  4. Analyse torsional stress and angle of twist in circular shafts used for power transformation
  5. Analyse statically indeterminate structures subjected to axial and torsional loading
  6. Apply the flexural formula to simple structures to calculate the bending stress

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectorials (in-class, online), assignments, tutorials, and quizzes during tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas, which is accessed through my Studies. This can include pre-recorded lecture videos, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exam and quiz questions and references.

Overview of Assessment

X 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 Task 1 - Tutorial Quiz, total 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 2 - Mid-term Test, total 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 3 - Group Project, total 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 3 - Final Assessment, total 25%  
Online and time-limited within a time window of 36 hours. 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-6