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CIV1501 Engineering Statics

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 25 April 2014

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Examiner: Weena Lokuge
Moderator: Thiru Aravinthan


Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MEPR


The overall aim of this course is to introduce a fundamental area of rigid body-mechanics called "Statics". Knowledge of statics is fundamental to many engineering applications as it is used to evaluate the equilibrium of bodies subjected to forces. For example engineers need to predict how a bridge structure will behave under the influence of forces such as the cars, trucks & trains that will cross it and even under its own self weight. Statics is an analytical tool that can be used to evaluate these forces and assist in making such predictions. This course deals with balanced force systems applied to rigid-bodies that are at rest. Methods to determine support reactions and relationships between internal and external forces will be introduced in this course. The knowledge gained in this course will be used extensively in later engineering design and analysis courses.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain what a vector is, express it in vector and scalar notation and use vector algebra to solve problems;
  2. calculate the moment of a force, determine the result of a non-concurrent force system and reduce a simple distributed load to a resultant force;
  3. analyse & solve rigid body equilibrium problems using the equations of equilibrium;
  4. analyse the equilibrium of rigid bodies subjected to dry friction and discuss the concept of rolling resistance;
  5. analyse the forces in pin-jointed trusses using the method of joints and the method of sections;
  6. construct and evaluate shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams with a variety of loads and types of support;
  7. determine the centroid of an area and the first and second moments of area of plane shapes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Fundamental Concepts of Force and Numerical Calculations 5.00
2. Force Vectors 10.00
3. Particle Equilibrium 12.50
4. Moment and non-concurrent forces 10.00
5. Equivalent Systems 10.00
6. Equilibrium of a rigid body 12.50
7. Friction 10.00
8. Analysis of 2-D trusses 10.00
9. Beams Internal forces 5.00
10. Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams 5.00
11. Centroids 5.00
12. Area Moment of Inertia 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Beer, FP, Johnston, ER & DeWolf, JT 2006, Mechanics of materials, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.
    (ISE S I Version. This textbook is set text for subsequent course MEC2402.)
  • Hibbeler, RC 2004, Statics and mechanics of materials, Prentice Hall, Singapore.
    (SI (or later) Edition.)
  • Meriam, JL & Kraige, LG 2006, Engineering mechanics, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.
  • Any book on statics and mechanics of materials will be suitable to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the material in this course.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 32.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 91.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ELECTRONIC TUTORIAL 1 30 3 02 Aug 2013
ELECTRONIC TUTORIAL 2 40 4 23 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 200 20 06 Sep 2013
ELECTRONIC TUTORIAL 3 70 7 27 Sep 2013
ELECTRONIC TUTORIAL 4 30 3 11 Oct 2013
ELECTRONIC TUTORIAL 5 30 3 25 Oct 2013
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which are non-programmable and cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); Formula sheets will be provided with the exam paper.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require reliable and regular access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students will require regular and reliable access to the Mastering Engineering website.