Course Title: Mechanics of Solids

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6016 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Principal Technical Officer)

Course Title: Mechanics of Solids

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to develop analytical techniques used to solve a wide range of linear stress/strain problems. The module builds on the knowledge obtained in Advanced Statics and Introductory / Advanced Strength of Materials, and also facilitates articulation to Degree courses in Engineering (Mechanical/Manufacturing).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The following modules (or equivalents) should be preferably completed prior to, or in conjunction with, this module:
 EA 804 Introductory Strength of Materials
 EB 840 Advanced Strength of Materials
 VBG 875 Advanced Statics
 VBH 624 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 1
 VBH 625 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBG876 Mechanics of Solids

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner should be able to:
1. Apply force analysis principles to revise problems for two dimensional pin-jointed structures and mechanisms.
2. Determine normal and shear forces and bending moments to revise problems for beams subjected to concentrated and distributed loads.
3. Apply appropriate principles to the analysis of beams subjected to Three Dimensional loading.
4. Apply appropriate principles to solve problems relating to the section properties of structural members
5. Apply appropriate stress equations to revise problems involving prescribed applied loads acting on predetermined cross-sections.
6. Apply Mohr’s circle of stress to various revision problems involving members subjected to plane stress.
7. Apply appropriate equations to solve stress problems involving bending in beams of unsymmetrical cross-section.
8. Apply appropriate procedures to solve problems involving strain deformations represented by inclined axes.
9. Apply Mohr’s circle of strain to solve problems involving the transformation of strain.
10. Apply Hooke’s law in the generalised form to solutions of appropriate problems involving material- property relationships and the principle of superposition.
11. Apply appropriate equations to solve for statically determinate and indeterminate beams.
12. Use the engineering deflection equation and singularity functions to solve beam deflection problems.
13. Apply flexibility coefficient notation to solve problems in superposition of deflection.
14. Use appropriate equations to solve problems for beams indeterminately supported.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this module will consist of the following:
 2 x Practical Laboratory reports 20%
 2 x Progressive written tests/assignments 20%
 1 x End of module written exam 60%