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SEV320 - Theory of Structures

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Bidur Kafle


One unit from SEM201, SEJ201, SEM222, SEM322, SEM216



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Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 1 hour practicals per trimester. All students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 2 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week.


This unit focuses on the fundamental analysis concepts and techniques required by engineers to study the behaviour of common structures. The unit will cover modelling and calculation methods necessary to describe and quantify member forces, deflections and reactions. The unit will address stability and determinacy and include analysis techniques for determinate and indeterminate structures such as beams, frames, trusses, cables and arches. The unit will also focus on the construction of influence line for beam, truss and floor girder systems and analyse the effect of moving loads including concentrated loads, distributed loads and series of concentrated loads. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to model and analyse a structure using prescribed methods and to experience a range of realistic applications for structural analysis which reflect those encountered in professional practice.


Examination 50%, problem solving tasks (2 x 20% each) 40%, practical report 10%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 40% in the practical report.

Prescribed texts

Hibbeler, 2016,  Structural Analysis In Si Units, 9th Ed, Pearson Education, Harlow, United Kingdom

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