Mechanics of Materials

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Materials

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course aims to develop an understanding of the concepts of stress and strain; elasticity versus plasticity; effects of known actions on various cross-sections; determination of the magnitude of stresses and strains caused by prescribed actions (axial forces, bending moments, shear forces, twisting moments); fundamentals of the 2-dimensional theory of elasticity and simplifications for bars, beams and shafts.

    DP requirements: Student must achieve at least 66% of the class average for the two class tests. Student must achieve at least 40% in the final exam. Attempt all tests.

    Assessment: June examination 3 hours.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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