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ENEM12009 - Structural Mechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study the behaviour of solid bodies under different loadings by applying basic stress analysis principles and the introductory knowledge of engineering materials. You will gain in-depth understanding of the concepts of continuum stress, strain and deflection; analyse the response of mechanical components to axial, transverse, torsional, bending and buckling loads in the linear elastic regime. You will apply the theory of generalised Hooke’s law to design pressure vessels and similar thin walled structures. You will perform calculations concerned with the mechanical properties of materials and conceptually design different mechanical components and structures based on strength, stiffness and stability. You will acquire the skills and knowledge required to develop analytical techniques that are used to solve a wide range of linear stress/strain problems in engineering practice.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisities: MATH11219 Applied Calculus AND (ENEG11006 Engineering Statics or ENEM12007 Statics & Dynamics) AND (ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers or ENEG12005 Material Science and Engineering)

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% 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.

Source: Unit Moodle student feedback & oral and e-mail feedback
Feedback
Students like the use of 3D printed models in this unit as they thought it improved their learning.
Recommendation
Keep this innovative, engaging learning and teaching approach for student learning.
Action Taken
Student engagement using 3D printed models was evolved.
Source: Unit Moodle student feedback
Feedback
The way of delivering unit content using lecturers, inside-out tutorials, structural analysis, engagement was appreciated by the students.
Recommendation
Keep it up and improve further.
Action Taken
It was maintained.
Source: Unit Moodle student feedback
Feedback
Cancellation of term end exam creates a problem for students.
Recommendation
This happened because of COVID-19. Hopefully, it will not happen in 2021.
Action Taken
The end exam was carried out by CQU and it went well.
Source: Unit Moodle student feedback
Feedback
The students like to get assignment feedback on time.
Recommendation
The student assignment returning score is over the corporate target. However, it can be improved further.
Action Taken
Assignment return was late in this offering again. If the coordinator can handle it - it can be done on time.
Source: Moodle Site
Feedback
The students enjoyed engaging lectures, tutorials incorporating some 3D printed models.
Recommendation
This is good practice and will continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
Regular communication on weekly L&T activities and submission information of the unit are good student engagement strategies.
Recommendation
This good practice will continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
The students requested to update the contents of the PowerPoint slide that will help student's learning.
Recommendation
It will be improved in the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the elastic behaviour of engineering structures and components and determine stresses, principal stresses, strains and deflections and the effects of impact loads
  2. Analyse stress and strain using experimental methods
  3. Explain theories of failure and apply failure analysis to structures and components
  4. Describe the nature of engineering assumptions and explain both the approaches used to deal with uncertainty and limitations of the validity of results
  5. Prepare professional, technical project documentation showing evaluation of uncertainties and results obtained
  6. Communicate, work and learn independently and collaboratively and communicate in a professional manner

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment