ENEG11006 - Engineering Statics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Understanding forces applied to structural elements and static equilibrium concepts is essential for analysis of statically determinate engineering structures including beams trusses, and frames. You will analyse such structures under external forces to create Free-body diagrams, calculate support reactions and determine internal forces acting on the structures. You will be drawing diagrams of Shear Force and Bending Moments after calculating the internal forces.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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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. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Online Test 40%

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 84.21% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.88% 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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More feedback to be provided for assessments.
Efforts will be made to speed up the process and to provide more feedback.
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To have more consistency in grading the assessments, assignments were marked by one marker. All the assessments were returned to students within the specified time.
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The quizzes are well-designed to cover all aspects and well-distributed over several weeks.
This practice will continue.
Action Taken
This good practice was maintained.
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More detailed step-by-step solution for problem be provided.
More detailed step-by-step solutions should be provided for sample problems.
Action Taken
Examples with step-by-step solution have been added as additional learning materials.
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The unit is well-organised with thorough lecturers and tutorials.
Maintain high-quality lectures and tutorials and unit good organisation in future offerings.
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Some questions in the textbook do not have worked solutions.
The textbook contains lots of examples of the worked solutions. Students should use the problems at the end of each section for further practice. The final answer to these problems is provided at the end of the textbook. Furthermore, the weekly tutorial questions are selected from these problems and the full solution to these selected problems is available on Moodle.
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Relate questions in the assessments to real-world problems.
The real-world relevance of different concepts taught in this unit is discussed in the lectures and tutorials wherever applicable. Consider more emphasis on the application of different concepts in the design of the assignments.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse two dimensional force systems to determine resultant forces
  2. Calculate sectional properties such as centre of gravity, centroid and second moment of Inertia of simple structural forms
  3. Apply static equilibrium concepts to bodies with external forces and moments, create Free-body diagrams and determine support reactions
  4. Analyse statically determinate structures, including beams, frames and trusses, to calculate internal forces and create Shear-force and Bending-moment diagrams
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of communication skills in written work.

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:
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N)
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N 4N)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 2N 3N 4N):
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3N 4I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I)

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 the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Test
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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