Courses & Units

Structural Mechanics ENG222


The unit aims to give students the skills to analyse structures as a foundation skill to the design, construction and supervision of structural projects. Topics include analysis of internal forces, stresses and deflections in statically determinate and indeterminate frames using the force and slope-deflection methods, an introduction to column buckling, and an introduction to structural analysis software. The unit will cover the underpinning theory and problem solving skills in structural analysis through lectures, tutorials and laboratory, and will emphasise deep understanding of the key concepts through simple exemplars so that they can be extrapolated to more general and complex situations. The unit augments the fundamentals of the elastic behaviour of beam and frame structures acquired in the first year of the course and lays the foundations of modern methods of analysis of structures and machine elements, and will provide tools for such analyses. It emphasizes understanding of principles involved and their application to practical situations. The unit also prepares students for 3rd and 4th year units in advanced structural mechanics and design of steel, timber and concrete structures.


Unit name Structural Mechanics
Unit code ENG222
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Associate Professor Damien Holloway
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Calculate internal forces, stresses and displacements in statically determinate 2D beam, frame and truss type structures comprising members of symmetric and asymmetric structural cross-sections.
  • Determine reactions and internal forces in statically indeterminate 2D frame structures using the Stiffness and Slope-Deflection methods appropriately.
  • Solve problems involving simple one- or two-member buckling with a variety of boundary conditions by formulating the differential equations from first principles.
  • Analyse internal forces and buckling in frame structures with a variety of loading, boundary conditions and connection types through the use of computer models using industry standard structural engineering software.
  • Communicate technical information relating to structural analysis to a discipline peers through a technical report that follows professional expectations, conventions and standards of presentation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
030900 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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(KAA110 or ENG103 or JEE135) AND (KMA154 or JEE104)


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2hr lecture/seminar weekly

1 x 2hr tutorial weekly

3 x 3hr practicals during the semester

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|In-laboratory assessment (15%)|Computer Analysis Assignment (30%)|Assessed Tutorial Problems (15%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Hibbeler R.C. Structural Analysis, 10th edition in SI units, Pearson, 2019 (or any other recent SI edition)
This covers most of the technical content.

David Beer and David McMurrey, A Guide to writing as an Engineer, 5th Ed., Wiley 2019
This is an excellent guide to writing reports or other documents. It would be valuable for any unit you study, and is expected reading for your final year project.

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