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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the analysis of two-dimensional determinate and indeterminate beam, truss and frame structures under the actions of external loading, thermal loading, prescribed displacements, the force (flexibility) and displacement (stiffness) methods, and the matrix stiffness method. Focus is on the elastic behaviour of structures.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) successfully complete teamwork; (2) communicate the results of an analysis by constructing bending moment, shear force and axial force diagrams; (3) document calculations; (4) understand the role of analysis in the design process; (5) analyse statically determinate and indeterminate bars, trusses, beams and rigid jointed frames; (6) analyse beams and rigid jointed frames with internal hinges; (7) analyse trusses, beams and rigid jointed frames under the action of thermal loading; (8) include shear deformation in the analysis of beams and rigid jointed frames; (9) include prescribed displacements in the analysis of trusses, beams and rigid jointed frames; and (10) understand how two-dimensional analysis procedures may be extended to three-dimensions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continual coursework assessment; (2) a mid-semester examination; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr James Doherty
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science
and Successful completion of
level 1 18 points
and level 2 Unit(s) including ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
or ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
CIVL2008 Structural Analysis
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
consultation: by appointment
Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).

All notes are provided.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.