Version  1.0 
Unit Name  Introduction to Structural Analysis 
Unit Code  BCS203 
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Unit Duration  1 Semester 
Award 
Bachelor of Science (Engineering) Duration 3 years 
Year Level  Two 
Unit Creator / Reviewer  Dr Vincent Wang 
Common/Stream:  Stream 
Pre/Corequisites  BCS204 
Credit Points 
3 Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3) 
Mode of Delivery  Online or oncampus. 
Unit Workload  (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery) Prerecordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours Personal Study recommended – 5 hours 
Unit Description and General Aims
This unit aims at providing students with quantitative skills in analyzing statically indeterminate structures and an indepth understanding of matrix implementation of structural analysis procedures.
The topics covered in this unit include:
 Static indeterminacy
 Analysis of statically determinate trusses, beams, and frames
 Principle of Virtual Work
 Force Method
 Displacement Method
 Moment Distribution Method
 Matrix structural analysis of trusses, beams, and frames
Upon completion of this unit, students will have further improved their capabilities of analyzing complicated statically determinate structures. They will also be able to analyze statically indeterminate structures and understand the rationale behind commonly used structural analysis procedures in the industry.
Learning Outcomes
 Identify the degree of static indeterminacy of a structure.
Bloom's Level 3  Calculate the axial force, shear force and bending moment in complicated statically determinate structures.
Bloom's Level 4  Perform the Force Method to analyze statically indeterminate structures.
Bloom's Level 5  Perform the Displacement Method to analyze statically indeterminate structures.
Bloom's Level 5  Perform the Moment Distribution Method to analyze statically indeterminate structures.
Bloom's Level 5  Implement the Matrix Stiffness Method with respect to trusses, beams and frames.
Bloom's Level 5
Student assessment
Assessment Type  When assessed  Weighting (% of total unit marks)  Learning Outcomes Assessed 
Assessment 1 Type: Weekly Quizzes
Topics: 2 to Topic 11 
Weekly  10%  All 
Assessment 2 Type: Test (Invigilated) Description: Students will need to answer some short and/or long answer questions and/or solve some simple numerical problems. 
Due after Topic 5  25%  3 
Assessment 3 Type: Practical (Report) Description: Students may complete a practical assessment based on problems to solve or practical project to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts. 
Due after Topic 9  20%  4 and 5 
Assessment 4 Type: Exam (Invigilated) Description: An examination with a mix of MCQs, theoretical short/detailed answer questions and engineering problems. 
Final Week  40%  1 to 6 
Tutorial Attendance & Participation Description: Attendance, presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, selfassessment/reflection, case study analysis, application. 
Continuous  5%  1 to 6 
Overall requirements: Students must achieve a result of 40% or above in the exam itself to pass the exam, and must pass the exam to be able to pass the unit. An overall final unit score of 50% or above must be achieved to pass the unit assessment.
Prescribed and Recommended Readings
Prescribed textbook:
 R. C. Hibbeler (2019), Structural Analysis, 10th edition, Pearson, ISBN13: 9781292247236
Recommended textbooks:
 A. Kassimali (2019), Structural Analysis, 6th edition, Cengage, ISBN13: 9781337630948
 G. Ranzi and R. I. Gilbert (2015), Structural Analysis: Principles, Methods and Modelling, 1st edition, CRC Press, ISBN13: 9780415526449
Unit Content
Topic 1
Static Indeterminacy
 Equations of equilibrium
 Statically determinate structures
 Statically indeterminate structures
 Degree of static indeterminacy
Topic 2
Analysis of Statically Determinate Trusses
 Types of trusses
 Method of joints
 Method of sections
Topic 3
Analysis of Statically Determinate Beams and Frames
 Shear force diagram and bending moment diagram for a beam
 Axial force diagram, shear force diagram, and bending moment diagram for frames
 Elastic beam theory
 Calculation of deflection by integration
Topic 4
Principle of Virtual Work
 Principle of Virtual Work
 Calculation of deflection by Principle of Virtual Work: Trusses
 Calculation of deflection by Principle of Virtual Work: Beams
 Calculation of deflection by Principle of Virtual Work: Frames
Topic 5
Force Method (1)
 General procedure of the Force Method
 Maxwell’s Theorem of Reciprocal Displacements
 Force Method: Beams
Topic 6
Force Method (2)
 Force Method: Frames
 Force Method: Trusses
 Force Method: Composite structures
Topic 7
Displacement Method (1)
 Fixedend moment
 Slopedeflection equations
 Displacement Method: Beams
Topic 8
Displacement Method (2)
 Displacement Method: Frames with no sideway
 Displacement Method: Frames with sideway
Topic 9
Moment Distribution Method
 Context for Moment Distribution Method
 Moment Distribution Method: Beams
 Moment Distribution Method: Frames
Topic 10
Matrix Structural Analysis: Trusses
 Context for Matrix Structural Analysis
 Element, node, and degree of freedom
 Stiffness matrix for a truss element
 Matrix Stiffness Method: Trusses
Topic 11
Matrix Structural Analysis: Beams
 Stiffness matrix for a beam element
 Matrix Stiffness Method: Beams
Topic 12
Matrix Structural Analysis: Frames
 Stiffness matrix for a frame element
 Matrix Stiffness Method: Frames
 Unit review
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