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CIVL9802: Statics

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.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL9802
Unit name Statics
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Luming Shen,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Ten short quizzes
In-tutorial pop quiz
10% Multiple weeks 5 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test Long Quiz 1
Closed book and supervised
16% Week 04 60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Small test Long Quiz 2
Closed book and supervised
16% Week 08 60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4
Small test Long Quiz 3
Closed book and supervised
21% Week 10 60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO6 LO4
Small test Long Quiz 4
Closed book and supervised
21% Week 13 60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO7 LO4
Assignment Project
Open book/Individual assessment
16% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
Two weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

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.

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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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

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.

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; Revision: 2D Forces and Moments Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 3D Force Systems; Moments and couples in 3D; Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 Resultants in 3D; Revision: 3D Forces, Moments and Resultants Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Equilibrium in 2D Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Equilibrium in 3D; Plane trusses; Method of joints; Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Method of Section; Revision: Equilibrium and Plane Trusses Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
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
Week 10 Distributed Loads: Beams - External Effects; Revision: Frames/Machines and Centroids Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9
Week 11 Beams - Internal Effects Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 12 Types of Friction; Dry Friction; Flexible belts Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7 LO10 LO11
Week 13 Revision: Beams - Internal Effects and Frictions 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 value of unknown forces and moments acting on any three dimensional object from the equilibrium equations
  • LO6. calculate the force in an internal member of a simple structure
  • 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
Long quizzes will be moved back to tutorials. This will allow more time for worked examples in lectures. Long quizzes will be closed book and supervised.


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