CEG1302 : Structural Mechanics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To enable students to understand essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of engineering science necessary for engineering design.
2. To introduce students to the concepts of engineering mechanics of relevance to simple structures.
3. To introduce students to laboratory testing of simple structures, including good laboratory practice and scientific method.

Structural engineering is fundamental to the development of almost all civil engineering projects, and modern infrastructure owes much to the work of structural engineers in its design, construction, inspection and maintenance. Modern society and sustained economic and political development rely on safe and reliable structures. Major buildings and structures are designed and built by those with a thorough understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics and materials, and the ability to apply such principles to solve engineering problems. This module provides an introduction to the concepts of structural mechanics.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction - basic definitions and concepts.
2. Moments of forces.
3. Equilibrium of Forces and Moments in 2-dimensional statically determinate frames.
4. Shear force and bending moment - statically determinate beams.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Background reading for a full understanding of material and completion of tutorial questions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering principles and science. Worked examples (within lectures) are used to show how problems are solved. Small group teaching activities are to help develop students' understanding of the way structures 'work' and to develop their skills in solving problems. Some small group teaching questions will be answered on Blackboard to allow student progress to be monitored during the year. Practical classes are used to demonstrate differences between theory and practice as well as enabling students to appreciate the behaviour of simple structures and gain hands-on experience of testing, intepretation and presentation of data.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Unseen Written Exam
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MOnline tutorial questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen examination is an appropriate way to assess both understanding of engineering mechanics and materials and problem-solving skills under time-constraints as required by practising civil and structural engineers.

In addition to the above there will be formative only tutorial questions throughout the semester. Some tutorial questions will be set on Blackboard, allowing student progress/understanding to be monitored.

Reading Lists