• Class Number 2261
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Joe Coventry
    • AsPr Joe Coventry
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Armando Fontalvo Lascano
SELT Survey Results

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

Examination Material or equipment

Course notes allowed (but not any text books)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductory lecture
2 Lectorial and tutorials
3 Lectorial and tutorials
4 Lectorial, tutorials and Computer Lab Computer lab tasksMastering engineering exercises set 1 due
5 Lectorial, tutorials and Computer Lab Computer lab tasks
6 Lectorial, tutorials and Computer Lab Computer lab tasksMastering engineering exercises set 2 due
7 Lectorial and tutorials Mid-term test
8 Lectorial and tutorials Mastering engineering exercises set 3 due
9 Lectorial, tutorials and Experimental Lab Design-Of-The-Week tutorial discussion
10 Lectorial, tutorials and Experimental Lab Experimental lab report dueMastering engineering exercises set 4 due
11 Lectorial, tutorials and Experimental Lab Experimental lab report due
12 Final lecture and Experimental Lab Experimental lab report dueMastering engineering exercises set 5 due
14 Final exam Final exam

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial and lab registration will be available through the course Wattle page.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Computer lab tasks 10 % 1,2,5,6
Experimental lab activities 15 % 2,4,7
Mastering engineering 15 % 1,2,3,4,5
Mid-term test 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final exam 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is encouraged as instrumental to enhancing learning through peer-to-peer and student-teacher dialogue. Active participation by students is appreciated in lectorials and lectures, and recognised in the grading scheme through the Week 12 experimental workshop activity. During this activity, the attending tutor will observe and rate students' engagement and insightful contribution to class discussions. We look forward to participants providing constructive and peer-supportive input.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6

Computer lab tasks

C-lab exercises will involve the use of ANSYS, a mechanical simulation software. A free student version of ANSYS can be installed on your personal computer if you use a Windows system; alternatively, students may access the software on the ANU Virtual Information Commons, or the computer labs E101 / G1 in the Engineering building. Basic information on how to access ANSYS will be provided in Wattle.

C-lab tasks will be completed within the allocated session time and will be marked off by the tutors before you leave. Grades will be obtained by answering a set of given questions and by showing your work to the tutors. The assessment weights of the three C-lab sessions are respectively 3%, 3% and 4%. Unjustified absentees will receive a grade of 0 for the session.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,7

Experimental lab activities

E-lab activities will involve work with a range of different experimental mechanics equipment. Grades for the sessions in weeks 9,10,11 will be obtained through the submission of individual reports via Wattle/Turnitin. The week 12 session will be graded in-session instead (as per C-labs). The assessment weights of the four E-lab sessions are respectively 4%, 4%, 4%, and 3%. Unjustified absentees will receive a grade of 0 for the session.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mastering engineering

Mastering is an online tutoring/assignment system that:

·       Guides students through the solution of multi-step problems with on-demand hints and feedback for wrong answers.

·       Includes many types of questions, including symbolic math, fill-in-the-blank, numeric, graphs and multiple choice

·       Encourages students to work through items, moving incrementally toward a procedural understanding of problem types.

·       Improves students’ conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.

·       Helps students improve exam scores when compared with traditional written and hand-graded homework.

Each assignment will consist of several problems. Students may attempt each problem for a maximum of 12 times. Hints in the mastering system may be used without incurring any penalty. A bonus of 2% will be given for not using the hints. After the due date, the problems will remain available for viewing until the end of semester.

Please note that late submissions of Mastering assignments will not be permitted.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mid-term test

The mid-term test will be a written test of 2 hours duration.

The test will involve solving problems similar to those shown in the lectures, tutorials and mastering activities. The test will be designed to assess developed skills, rather than the ability to rote-learn or memorise. Key formulas and essential data will be provided. Students will be allowed to access course notes in the test (but not any text books).

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final exam

The final exam will be a written exam of 3 hours duration.

The exam will involve solving problems similar to those shown in the lectures, tutorials and mastering activities. Exams will be designed to assess developed skills, rather than the ability to rote-learn or memorise. Key formulas and essential data will be provided. Students will be allowed to access course notes in the exam (but not any text books).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignments. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

It is expected that all submissions for this course will be made in electronic format. Students with unique requirements are encouraged to contact the Course Convener to discuss their circumstances.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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