The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces some basic principles of engineering mechanics in as simple a manner as possible. Emphasis is placed upon students gaining a real understanding of the laws and principles of mechanics. This course provides essential foundation knowledge for all disciplines of engineering and surveying and will be assumed knowledge in many of the courses taken in later years of undergraduate programs.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): GENG1001. Students who have successfully completed GENG1001 are not eligible to enrol in CIVL1100.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply the laws and principles of mechanics to a basic level

2. Formulate, analyse and solve simple problems in mechanics

3. Recognise the assumptions and limitations of the approaches used


  • Basic assumptions of theory of structures: ideal materials, small deflections
  • Equilibrium, redundancy, stability
  • Stress, strain, extension of bars
  • Compatibility
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force diagrams for simple beams
  • Properties of areas
  • Stresses due to bending: normal and shear
  • Combined stresses
  • Column buckling
  • Hydrostatics

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge of trigonometry and calculus as gained through completion of MATH1002 or higher or HSC Extension Maths

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

In Term Test: Mid-semester examination

Formal Examination: Final Formal Examination

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

2x2 hour lectures per week All lectures are unique; there are no repeat lectures.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

1 x 2 hour tutorial per week