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CIVL1802: Statics

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Unit will focus on Engineering Statics, covering topics such as 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, vibrations 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.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
ENGG1802 OR AMME1802
Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Luming Shen,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Long quiz 1
Open book
24% Week 04
Due date: 17 Mar 2022 at 12:00
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial quiz Long quiz 2
Open book
24% Week 07
Due date: 07 Apr 2022 at 12:00
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO1 LO4 LO6
Tutorial quiz Long quiz 3
Open book
26% Week 10
Due date: 05 May 2022 at 12:00
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO8 LO9
Tutorial quiz Long quiz 4
Open book
26% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2022 at 12:00
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO8 LO1 LO4 LO9 LO10 LO11

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction, vectors, Newton’s laws; Forces and moments in 2D Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 02 Couples and resultants in 2D; 3D force systems Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 Moments and couples in 3D; Resultants in 3D Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 Revision: 2D and 3D force systems Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Equilibrium in 2D; Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Plane trusses; method of joints; Method of Sections Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Revision: Equilibrium and Plan Trusses Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Space Trusses; Frames and machines Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Centre of Mass and Centroids Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO8 LO9
Week 10 Revision: Frames/Machines and Centroids Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO8
Week 11 Beams - External Effects; Beams - Internal Effects Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO9 LO10
Week 12 Types of Friction; Dry Friction; Flexible Belts Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO7 LO10 LO11
Week 13 Revision: Beams external/internal effects and friction Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10 LO11

Attendance and class requirements

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.  If you miss more than 10% of the tutorials (4 hours for the semester) you will not have met the attendance requirements and may fail the unit of study with a maximum mark of 45%.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G. and Bolton, J. N., Engineering Mechanics: STATICS, 9th SI version Australia & New Zealand Edition, Wiley.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply a logical approach for solving a complex engineering problem
  • LO2. express forces and moments as vectors
  • LO3. calculate the resultant force and moment for 2D and 3D systems
  • LO4. draw a correct free body diagram for any engineering entity
  • LO5. calculate the force in an internal member of a simple structure
  • LO6. calculate the value of unknown forces and moments acting on any three dimensional object from the equilibrium equations
  • LO7. calculate the forces acting as a result of two objects in contact
  • LO8. find the centre of mass or centroid of an object
  • LO9. calculate reaction forces under action of distributed forces for different structures
  • LO10. calculate internal effects such as shear force and bending moment in beams under loading
  • LO11. solve problems involving friction.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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