Course Title: Calculate force systems within simple beam structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: MATH5335C

Course Title: Calculate force systems within simple beam structures

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Serge Eljaste
Phone: +613 9925 4661

Appointment by email

Nominal Hours: 40

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


Course Description

This unit covers understanding and calculating force systems within simple beam structures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30005A Calculate force systems within simple beam structures


1. Determine the resultant and equilibrant of systems of coplanar forces

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Calculate the magnitude and direction of the resultant and equilibrium of co planar force systems.

1.2. Calculate the line of action of a resultant using the principle of Moment.


2. Determine nominal sizes for a simple horizontal beam subject to a combination of uniform and point loading

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Support reactions for a simply supported horizontal beam using the equations of equilibrium and including the moment effect of a couple are calculated.

2.2. The possible types of failure that need to be considered are determined.

2.3. Shear force and bending moment diagrams are drawn.

2.4. Bending stress is determined.

2.5. Calculations are completed to determine the nominal size for the beam.

2.6.  Factors of safety are applied to finalize nominal size of beam.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster in conjunction with MEM23109A (MIET7548C) & MEM30005A (MATH5336C). You must enrol in all three courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies MEM23109A, MEM30005A and MEM30006A. Please refer to the course guide Part B for course MEM23109A (MIET7548C) for the learning activities and Engineers Australia Mapping Information.

Teaching Schedule

As this course is delivered in cluster, please refer to the course guide Part B for course MEM23109A (MIET7548C) for the proposed teaching schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other 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

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Portfolio exercises

Weighting towards final grade (%):40


Assessment 2: Laboratory practical report

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 3: Online Test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

these tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Portfolio exercises

Lab practical report

Online Test

































Assessment Tasks

As this course is delivered in cluster, please refer to the course guide Part B for course MEM23109A (MIET7548C) for assessment tasks.

Assessment Matrix

As this course is delivered in cluster, please refer to the course guide Part B for course MEM23109A (MIET7548C) for assessment matrix.

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

  • assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
  • maths and science developmental support and advice 
  • English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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