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CIVL1802: Statics (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL1802: Statics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Shen, Luming
Session options: Semester 2, Int January
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1802 OR AMME1802.
Brief Handbook Description: Unit will focus on Engineering Statics, covering topics such as vectors, resolution of forces and moments, free body diagrams, support reactions, equilibrium in rigid bodies, trusses, frames and machines, method of sections, method of joints, centroids, distributed forces, beams external effects & internal effects, and friction. There will be extensive use of both 2D and 3D examples and solution methods by either resolution in the principle axes or by using vectors. Its main aim is to prepare students for 2nd year civil units such as Structural Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Materials, and Introductory to Fluid Mechanics.
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics Extension 1
Lecturer/s: Dr Shen, Luming
Timetable: CIVL1802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 2 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: One hour plus two hour session each week. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Students MUST attend the tutorials specified on their individual University timetable. The tutorial problems from the specified text are listed on the documents on the unit website.

Independent Study: A minimum of 6 hours per week is expected.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(4) Design (Level 1)
1. Apply a logical approach for solving a complex engineering problem
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
2. Express forces and moments as vectors
3. Calculate the resultant force and moment for 2D and 3D systems
4. Draw a correct free body diagram for any engineering entity
5. Calculate the value of unknown forces and moments acting on any three dimensional object from the equilibrium equations
6. Calculate the force in an internal member of a simple structure
7. Calculate the forces acting as a result of two objects in contact
8. Find the centre of mass or centroid of an object
9. Calculate reaction forces under action of distributed forces for different structures
10. Calculate internal effects such as shear force and bending moment in beams under loading
11. Solve problems involving friction
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Long Quiz 1* No 20.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Long Quiz 2* No 30.00 Week 9 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 Long Quiz 3* No 30.00 Week 13 1, 11,
5 Short Quiz No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Long Quiz 1: Held in the two-hour tutorial session of Week 4. Closed book and based on the material covered to date.

Long Quiz 2: Held in the two-hour tutorial session of Week 9. Closed book and based on the material covered to date.

Long Quiz 3: Held in the two-hour tutorial session of Week 13. Closed book and based on the material covered to date.

Assignment: Due on Friday of Week 11. Late assignment will receive a penalty of 10% per calendar day.

Short Quizzes: Online short quizzes held weekly.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Attendance at tutorial sessions is compulsory and will be recorded. If you are not at the correct tutorial (as per your University generated timetable) you will be marked absent. For each tutorial hour that you miss you will be penalised 1% from your final mark. If you miss more than 10% of the tutorials (4 hours for the semester) you will not have met the attendance requirements and will fail the unit of study with a maximum mark of 45%.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, Vectors, Newton’s Laws
Forces and Moments in 2D
Week 2 Couples and Resultants in 2D
Revision: 2D forces and moments
Week 3 3D force systems
Moments and Couples in 3D
Week 4 Resultants in 3D
Revision: Forces, Moments, Resultants in 3D
Assessment Due: Long Quiz 1*
Week 5 Equilibrium in 2D
Equilibrium in 2D (continued)
Week 6 Equilibrium in 3D
Plane Trusses; Method of Joints
Week 7 Method of Sections
Revision: Equilibrium; Plane Trusses
Week 8 Space Trusses; Frames and Machines
Frames and Machines (continued)
Week 9 Revision: Space Trusses; Frames and Machines
Assessment Due: Long Quiz 2*
Week 10 Centre of Mass and Centroids
Centre of Mass and Centroids (continued)
Week 11 Distributed Loads; Beams - External Effects
Beams - Internal Effects
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 12 Types of friction; Dry Friction
Flexible Belts
Week 13 Revision
Assessment Due: Long Quiz 3*
STUVAC (Week 14) No lectures; No Tutorials
Exam Period No Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Project Management 2018
Civil / Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2018
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 16%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 63.75%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.