Site Navigation

CIVL6006 - Mechanics of Materials

Title:Mechanics of Materials
Long Title:Mechanics of Materials
Module Code:CIVL6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: BRIAN O ROURKE
Module Description: This module covers topics in structural mechanics. Module content includes 2-D and 3-D force systems, bending and shear stress, and hydrostatics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Resolve and apply conditions of static equilibrium to statically determinate 2-D and 3-D structures.
LO2 Determine stresses in members subject to bending moment, shear and axial forces.
LO3 Evaluate hydrostatic force systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Static equilibrium
Evaluation of forces, moment and equilibrium in statically determinate 2-D and 3-D structures
Axial stress and strain
Stress, strain, modulus of elasticity, behaviour of single and compound members
Elastic Theory
Beam sections subject to bending and shear stresses, moments of area, axis theorems, beam bending equation, bending-induced stresses, shear stresses
Hydrostatic terms and concepts: buoyancy and stability, Archimedes Principle, hydrostatic pressure on immersed plane areas
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other In class assessment of the determination of forces and equilibrium in statically determinate force systems 1 10.0 Week 5
Other In class assessment of beam stresses 2 10.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 80.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of theory and examples 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Solution of problems 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Barry Goodno and James M Gere 2017, Mechanics of Materials, SI Edition, 9th Ed., Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9781337093354]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Nageim, Dorka, Morgan and Williams 2010, Structural Mechanics: Loads, Analysis, Materials and Design of Structural Elements, 7th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 9780132239646]
  • Meriam, Kraige and Bolton 2016, Engineering Mechanics - Statics, 8th SI Version Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978111904481]
  • Hulse and Cain 2000, Structural Mechanics, 2nd Ed., Palgrave [ISBN: 0333804570]
  • R. Whitlow 1991, Materials and structures, 2nd Ed., Longman Harlow [ISBN: 9780582066984]
  • Derek Seward 2014, Understanding Structures, 5th Ed., Macmillian [ISBN: 9781137376565]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Institution of Structural Engineers 2019, Essential Knowledge Text no. 9, Essential Knowledge Series
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EOMNI_8 Engineering Common Entry (Level 8) 2 Elective
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 2 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 2 Mandatory

Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

Tel: 021-4326100     Fax: 021-4545343
Email: help@cit.edu.ie