ENEC13017 - Advanced Structural Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn the idealisation and loading of complex structural systems. You will also learn how to calculate deflections in truss, beam, and frame structures using various analytical methods such as the virtual load method. You will be able to analyse indeterminate structures using fundamental techniques/methods e.g., force method, and slope-deflection method. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of structural analysis using the direct stiffness method and you will use industry-relevant software such as SPACE GASS or equivalent to analyse complex structures.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: ENEG11006 Engineering Statics and ENEC12012 Stress Analysis

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Project (applied) 30%
3. Project (applied) 30%
4. Project (applied) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 45.00% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Some quiz questions and related content hard to understand.
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All quiz assessments were revised.
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The lecturer was extremely supportive and made considerable effort in helping students who required help in completing their assessments.
Continue this good practice.
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Students appreciate the in-depth and practical discussions during the tutorial sessions.
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The authentic assessments helped students in understanding practical aspects but some students felt that some tasks are heavy.
Expand supplementary resources like exemplars and templates to give greater clarity to students when completing the assessment tasks. Improve the link between assessment tasks and learning outcomes and expand on feedback given to students.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of structural idealisation, and loading (including moving loads) for practical structures
  2. Apply fundamental theories to determine deflection in structures
  3. Apply analytical methods to solve statically indeterminate structures
  4. Perform critical analyses of complex structures using industry-relevant software
  5. Demonstrate engineering values including professional communication and sustainable development.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1A 4A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 4I 5A )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 2N 3N )

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 3N )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 3A )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 1A 2A 3A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 3A 4A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate, and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course-level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Project (applied)
4 - Project (applied)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
6 - Information Technology Competence
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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