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CIV1501 Engineering Statics

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Weena Lokuge


Pre-requisite: ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN or GEPR


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.

Course learning outcomes

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. Force and force vectors 15.00
2. Particle Equilibrium 10.00
3. Moment and non-concurrent forces 10.00
4. Equivalent Systems and Equilibrium of a rigid body 25.00
5. Friction 10.00
6. Analysis of 2-D trusses 10.00
7. Beams – Internal forces, Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams 10.00
8. Centroids and Area Moment of Inertia 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Hibbeler, RC 2016, Engineering Mechanics: Statics in SI Units, 14th edn, Pearson Hall, England.
A scientific calculator which is non-programmable, that does not hold textual information and cannot display graphs. Approved list from

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 27 June 2022