The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


CIVL2130 introduces students to mechanics of structures under static loading conditions. The course forms the second of the sequence dealing with structural engineering and geotechnics for Civil and Environmental engineering students.

Specifically, the course objective is to teach students the methods and techniques outlined in the syllabus such that they can solve the type of problems as outlined in the lectures, in the lecture notes and as discussed in tutorials.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Translate a stated problem in theory of structures to an analytic form.

2. Apply appropriate solution techniques to the problem.

3. Calculate the correct answer to the given problem.

4. Interpret the meaning of the outcome.

5. Recognize limitations of the solution techniques and the outcomes.


  • Basic assumptions of theory of structures: ideal materials, small deflections.
  • Stress, strain, extension of bars.
  • Thermal stresses, thin shells.
  • Bending moment and shear force diagrams for beams and simple frames.
  • Properties of areas.
  • Stresses due to bending: normal and shear.
  • Beam deflection: integration and unit-load theorem.
  • Stability: column buckling.
  • Shear centre, torsion of circular sections.
  • Principle of work and energy.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in CIVL1100 Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics (formerly GENG1001 Introductory Mechanics).

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students unable to attempt the original exam through adverse circumstances will be able to sit in the supplementary exam period, though no further supplementary paper will be provided if the exam score in the supplementary is below 25/50.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore and Callaghan


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

Plus informal student consultation.


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term