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SEM302 - Advanced Stress Analysis


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):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mathew Joosten

SEJ201/SEM201, SEM216/SEM222, SEP291 or one unit from SEM222, SEM216, SEM322



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour of class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week


In this unit students will extend their knowledge of basic stress analysis concepts introduced in second year units to more complex situations. Several new concepts/approaches will be introduced including energy methods, stress transformation and failure analysis. Students will learn how to apply these analytical approaches to real-life/industry-based problems, including examples where they are required to apply engineering judgement to simplify the analysis and understand the limitations of the analytical tools. By the end of this unit students will be able to confidently design engineering structures using classical analytical techniques.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate application of stress analysis concepts to various structures both from a practical and theoretical context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Recognisedevelop and solve numerical problems related to stress analysis based mechanisms

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


Researchanalyseapply and evaluate methods concerning stress analysis of structures and materials to a range of engineering scenarios

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Design of systems that involve stress analysis with respect to surrounding boundary conditions

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

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
Portfolio Weekly submission of given analytical problems (related to the weekly topic) 10% Weeks 2-11
Problem solving task 1 Written report including calculations 15% Week 6
Problem solving task 2 Written report including calculations 20% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 55%

Examination period


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 to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Hibbeler, 2017, Mechanics of Materials in Si Units, 10th edition (or 9th edn), Pearson Education.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM302 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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