Course Title: Calculate stresses in simple structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: MATH5336C

Course Title: Calculate stresses in simple structures

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

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

Sergei Eljaste

Phone: +61 3 9925 4661

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

MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment

Course Description

This unit covers determining stresses and their effect on the strength and stability of simple structures and mechanical components

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30006A Calculate stresses in simple structures


1. Determine stresses in simple structures and mechanical components

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The shear stresses in simple bolted connections are determined.

1.2 The nominal weld size or length of weld required on simple welded connections is determined to meet load requirements.

1.3 Torque distribution diagrams are drawn and used to calculate torsional shear stress and angle of twist on threaded bolts subjected to torques.


2. Verify stress levels using appropriate reference material

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Appropriate reference materials are used to verify that stress loading is acceptable and in accordance with standard operational procedures.

2.2. Verification results are reported according to standard operational procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Lab practicums

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM30006A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below

WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
 1Introduction and Overview of Course. Simple stress. Tensile and compressive1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2
 2Elasticity, strain, Hooke’s Law. Part 12.1, 2.2
 3Elasticity, strain, Hooke’s Law. Part 22.1, 2.2
 4Lab practical2.1, 2.2
 5Shear strain. Modulus of Rigidity. Poisson’s ratio. Assessment task 2 Lab report due2.1, 2.2
 6Bolted joints, types of failure, joint efficiency. Part 11.1, 2.1, 2.2
 7Bolted joints, types of failure, joint efficiency. Part 21.1, 2.1, 2.2
 8Welded joints. Types, calculations. Part 11.2, 2.1, 2.2
 9Welded joints. Types, calculations. Part 21.2, 2.1, 2.2
 10Torsional stress, polar moment of Inertia. Angular deflection1.3, 2.1, 2.2
 11Centroids. Moments of area2.1, 2.2
 12Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams for simple and cantilever beams. Part 12.1, 2.2
 13Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams for simple and cantilever beams. Part 22.1, 2.2
 14Bending stress in beams. Beam selection 2.1, 2.2 
 15Revision. Assessment task 1 Assignment due1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2
 16Assessment task 3. Final test1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2
 17Feedback (1)1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2
 18Feedback (2)1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Ivanoff, Val
Engineering mechanics: An introduction to statics, dynamics and strength of materials
McGraw-Hill. 1996



Other Resources

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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

• Assignment, 20%
• Laboratory reports, 20%
• Final Test, 60% 

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM30006A Elements & Performance Criteria 

MEM30006A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessment1.1 1.21.3 2.12.2
Lab reportsX  XX
Final TestXXXXX

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies


Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
  EA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4 EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3 EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Assignment X X X   X X X X X X X X  X X
Final test X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Lab report X X X  X X   X    X   
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element




Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 10 hours outside the class time.

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

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit 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 lodgement 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:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration


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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Email Communication:

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

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