• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Mechatronics More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kiara Bruggeman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.

This course introduces the fundamental principles in mechanics. Structural design applications of a variety of problems are developed throughout the course using examples that elucidate the theory of mechanics. The primary aim of this course is to provide a solid foundation for students in the field of mechanical engineering. Specific topics include:

  • Statics of particles; forces in a plane and in space
  • Equivalent systems of forces; Cartesian vector and vector operations
  • Equilibrium of rigid bodies; including free body diagrams
  • Simple trusses
  • Distributed forces; centroids, centres of gravity and moments of inertia
  • Static indeterminacy and friction
  • Internal forces; including shear and moment diagrams

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to-

  1. Identify and manipulate forces and their resultants in one- two- and three dimensions.
  2. Recognise and classify moments and couples created by forces.
  3. Employ mechanical equilibrium and free body diagrams to solve mechanical statics problems, including bending moment diagrams.
  4. Acquire skills for testing the bending of a beam and the construction of a bridge model subject to testing.
  5. Analyse and demonstrate the stability conditions of mechanical equilibrium.
  6. Define and evaluate the fundamentals of mechanical testing of materials (tension, compression, shear).
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

Online assignments (16%); Mid semester exam (14%); Bridge competition (20%); Final exam (40%); Lab assignments (10%)

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A standard workload of approximately 10 hours per week, including 4-5 contact
hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories) as well as time for preparation, assignments
and independent reading.

Prescribed Texts

Engineering Mechanics STATICS, 13th edition, R.C. Hibbeler

(No other text)

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have achieved a level of knowledge of mathematics comparable to at least ACT Mathematics Methods or NSW Mathematics or equivalent.

Areas of Interest

  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy Change



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5350 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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