Courses & Units

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals ENG703


The unit aims to give students the skills to analyse structures as a foundation skill to the design, construction and supervision of structural and mechanical 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 also contains a major design project involving determining design actions. The unit cover the underpinning theory and problem-solving skills in structural and mechanical 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 and components 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 year units in advanced structural and mechanical engineering and design of steel, timber and concrete structures (mechanical?)


Unit name Civil and Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals
Unit code ENG703
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Associate Professor Damien Holloway
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
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 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
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 beams, frames and truss type structures comprising members of both symmetric and asymmetric cross-section.
  • Determine reactions and internal forces in statically indeterminate 2D frame structures using the Stiffness and Slope-Deflection methods
  • Solve problems involving one- or two-member buckling with a variety of boundary conditions by formulating the differential equations from first principles
  • Model the response of structures or components to loads and load combinations determined using relevant standards and Limit State principles
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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(ENG103 or KAA110) and KMA154


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2hr lecture/seminar weekly

1 x 2hr tutorial weekly

3 x 3hr practicals during semester (these may be scheduled during weeks 4-11)

1 x 1 hour design workshop weekly from weeks 4 -10

AssessmentFinal Examination (40%)|Design action project (30%)|Assessed tutorials (15%)|In-laboratory Assessment (15%)
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Australian Standards relevant to the design project, including AS1100, AS4100 (available via the UTAS library)


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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