SEV320 - Theory of Structures


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

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

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 2 hour seminars per week (weeks 1-4), 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (weeks 5-11).

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including a 1 x 2 hour seminar per 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 and deflections. The unit will address stability and determinacy and include analysis techniques for determinate and indeterminate structures such as beams, frames, trusses. 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. 

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