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SEJ201 - Structural Design


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mariana Paulino

Must have passed SIT199 and must have passed 1 unit in (SEP101 or SEB101) and must have passed 2 credit points in (SEJ103, SEE103, SEM111)



Incompatible with:

SEM222, SEM223 and SEM201

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 2 hours studio per week,2 x 2 hour practicals per trimester. All students are required to attend and participate in project oriented design-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 2 x 1 hour online seminar/studio per week, 2 x 2 hour practicals per trimester.  Students are required to attend and participate in project oriented design-based activities linked to their design project assessment tasks at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at scheduled sessions throughout 2 days during the trimester intensive week (typically week 7).


SEJ201 introduces and explores the fundamental concepts of mechanics of structures most relevant to Civil and Mechanical Engineering students. This unit builds on concepts introduced in Engineering Fundamentals and Materials in first year and prepares students to continue their studies into Advanced Stress and Structural Analysis. The unit will address concepts and skills in loading and force systems, section properties, shear force and bending moments, basic structural analysis and member selection with skills applied in a real world structural design project context.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply structural engineering fundamental knowledge in conjunction with appropriate tools and resources to analyse and design elements to satisfy user requirements. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply specialised structural knowledgetechnical competence and open ended problem solving skills in finding appropriate
creative and/or innovative engineering solutions
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Identify and characterise important issuesjustify and apply appropriate simplifying assumptions and propose substantiated solutions.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Collaborate with others as an effective member of an engineering team and reflect on development of team skills. GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork


Communicate project outcomes through the use of oral
written and graphical communication to professional and non-professional audiences
 GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Quizzes Three online quizzes 20% (5%, 5%, 10%) Weeks 4, 6 and 10
Group project design brief 3,000-word collaborative written report, including drawings and calculations 20% Week 6
Response to constraint 2-page written report 15% Week 7
Practical reports Calculation based reports 5% Throughout the trimester
Final project report Project report including calculations and drawings 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible for a pass in this unit, students must achieve a minimum of 50% averaged over all quizzes and a minimum of 50% on the response to constraint and the final project report.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Hibbeler, 2018, Statics & Mechanics of Materials: SI Edition, 5th edition (or 4th edition), Pearson Education.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEJ201 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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