BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Structures 1 (Mech)

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL10031
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


This unit provides an introduction to the structural analysis, focusing on the topics that are relevant to Mechanical, Civil and Aerospace Engineering applications. Intended learning outcomes are, understanding of the basics of statics and structural analysis, awareness of the mechanical principles that govern forces and displacements in structures and development of analytical skills for simple structural element analysis.


The aim of this module is to introduce elementary concepts in mechanics of solids, and to establish a practical understanding of how they can be applied to the analysis of engineering structures.


1. Review of basic concepts in mechanics
2. Equations of equilibrium and free body diagram analysis
3. Truss analysis using methods of joints and methods of sections
4. Deformation of axially loaded members
5. Sectional properties
6. Shear and moment diagrams of bending beams
7. Bending beam stress analysis and beam deflection

Projects:  Learning Structural Analysis from Real World. A group project with aim to learn how to analyse beam loading, stress and deformation based on real world examples from daily life or practical engineering products.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 5%
Written exam 80%
Report 15%

Other - online quiz

Feedback methods

Exam - Provided on Blackboard after marking

Quiz - Provided on Blackboard after marking

Report - Directly on reports during marking

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 20
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 50

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lei Ren Unit coordinator

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