Engineering Mechanics for Civil Engineers

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Mechanics for Civil Engineers

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Engineering Science and Math, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH1131 or MATH1141 and PHYS1121 or PHYS1131

  • 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

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with Statics (the equilibrium of objects, structures and fluids) and Dynamics (the mechanics of bodies in motion). Topics include: (i) Statics - 2-D concurrent and non-concurrent force systems; resultant of forces; equilibrium of forces; friction; distributed forces; centre of gravity; centroids; internal actions; analysis of beams (shear force and bending moment diagrams); analysis of frames (determinancy, internal hinges); analysis of trusses (methods of joints and sections); cables; fluid statics including hydrostatic pressure, body forces, buoyancy, stability, and manometry; introduction to three dimensional statics. (ii) Dynamics - Laws governing continuity, energy and momentum; dynamics of particles; planar motion of rigid bodies; simple spring mass systems responding to forces of simple form. (iii) The concepts of stress and strain; principal stresses and an introduction to Mohr's circle of stress.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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