Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Mechanics of Structures 2A ENG2081

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with the ability to apply the principles of engineering mechanics to determine elastic behaviour of members and components subjected to bending moment, shear force, axial force and torque, including elastic deflections of beams (statically determinate) and torsion of circular and thin-walled sections. 


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





90% Examination

10% Two online quizzes (5% each)

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.

Course Aims

This aims of this course are to:

■ use the principles of engineering mechanics to develop an understanding of the elastic behaviour of members and components subjected to bending moment, shear force, axial force or torque;

■ develop an understanding of elastic deflections of beams, bending of beams and how loads are resisted and transferred through a structure to its support system.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ calculate relevant structural properties of cross-sections;

■ determine elastic stresses in members and components caused by bending moment, shear force and axial force;

■ calculate elastic deflections of beams (statically determinate structures);

■ determine elastic stresses and angle of twist for circular shafts and thin-walled sections subject to torsion.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory class.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetables classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.