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Statics (ENGR10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENGR10005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Statics introduces the principles of how objects behave when subject to forces with a mix of design projects, interactive workshops and lectures. It assumes a preference of mathematical, graphical and analytical ways of knowing, quantitative analysis and physical principles. Through analysis, model simulations, laboratory work, testing and evaluation, students will explore the fundamentals of structural analysis and commonly used materials, construction/manufacturing methods and systems. Considering the design, fabrication, buildability and sustainability issues will provide the contextual links between statics theory and the finished product.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Apply the concepts of equilibrium of particles and bodies to evaluate support reactions on structures, forces in trusses and internal forces in beams
  2. Describe how engineering principles and material properties are fundamental to engineered products and structures
  3. Identify basic properties structural materials, manufacturing processes and the environmental implications of their selection and use in engineering
  4. Use quantitative models to evaluate trade offs between alternative designs
  5. Analyse the inter-relationships in modeling a truss from the statics, materials and geometric perspectives
  6. Write basic MATLAB programs to perform a variety of simple tasks to assist in the design and analysis of structural and dynamic systems
  7. Evaluate the sustainability implications of alternative materials
  8. Evaluate the relationship between engineering solutions, construction/manufacture and buildability

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills for written and oral presentation
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capacity to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Perceptions of own learning and development
  • Understanding the need to externally review and critically reflect on own capabilities

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed one of the following subjects (please note that these subjects may be taken concurrently with ENGR10005):






Non-allowed subjects

ENVS10009 Structural Environments (prior 2017)

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Design and build group project - preliminary (10%) 10 to 15 hours work per student plus workshop contact time, due week 6. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 are addressed in this project
  • Design and build group challenge – final (30%) (weekly) 30 - 40 hours per student plus workshop contact time. ILOs 1 to 9 are addressed in this assessment
  • Tutorial participation and problem sheets (20%) (weekly) 20 hours preparation. ILOs 1 to 9 are addressed in this assessment
  • Written 2 hour exam (40%) during examination period. ILOs 1 to 5,7 to 9 are addressed in the exam

Hurdle Requirement: Students must pass the exam to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorElisa Lumantarna
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours60 hours (Lectures: 24 hours per semester; Tutorials: 12 hours per semester; Workshops: 24 hours per semester)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 18 July 2019