• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanical
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Joe Coventry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Drawing on a well-established Mechanics of Materials curriculum, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of the mechanics of deformable bodies, with key topics including stress, strain, constitutive relations, loading modes (axial, shear, torsion), stress transformations, and analysis of simple structures (beams, shafts, columns). These concepts represent essential knowledge for many engineering fields, such as aerospace, civil and mechanical, as well as a wide range of related disciplines.

ENGN2217 encourages students’ learning by tackling topics from a variety of analytical, computational and experimental perspectives. Course activities include live lectures and tutorials, simulation computer labs and experimental labs. Strong emphasis is given to complementing quantitative problem-solving skills with high-level conceptualisation through exposure to diverse case studies, worked examples and problem sets, including through mastering assignments.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the suitability of materials for structural applications based on their mechanical properties
  2. Analyse the response behaviour of structures in terms of axial, bending and torsional deformation modes, and combinations thereof
  3. Analyse the thermal behaviour of structural members
  4. Identify, quantify and mitigate stress concentration effects in engineering structures
  5. Design simple engineering structures and connections according to loading and safety margin specifications.
  6. Model and analyse three-dimensional frame structures using finite element analysis
  7. Plan, describe and execute a range of testing protocols in a mechanical laboratory

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. Mastering engineering assignments — 17% (17) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2. Computational mechanics lab activities — 12 % (12) [LO 5,6]
  3. 3. Experimental mechanics lab activities — 11% (11) [LO 7]
  4. 4. Mid semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. 5. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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4 hours of lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week, 3x 2-hour computer labs and 4x 3-hour experimental mechanics labs

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN1217.

Prescribed Texts

Mechanics of Materials - R.C Hibbeler, 10th SI Edition



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2261 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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