CIVL 313


Course Title and Number

CE 153- Structural Mechanics

Catalog Description

Fundamentals of structural analysis for beams, trusses, and frames.  Topics include influence lines, approximate analysis methods, deflection analysis, deflection analysis, and statically indeterminate structures.  Methods applicable to computer analysis are introduced.


CE 153: Structural Mechanics. Credit 4; 4 hours lecture per week.  Prerequisites: CE 101 and ECE 090 or CE 020.  By topic: Differential and integral calculus; vector properties; fundamental principles of force systems and static equilibrium; basic structural systems; centroids, product and moments of inertia, including principle axes, rotational transformation; sketching and visualization.

Textbook and Other Required Material

Kassimali, A. (1999)  Structural Analysis Second Edition


CE 153 Structural Mechanics  Course Supplement, R.S.
Mills, Spring 1998.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Provide students with a basic understanding of structural behavior
  • Introduce analytical tools for mathematical modeling of structural elements and systems
  • Present more advanced concepts of structural analysis
  • Introduce students to loads on structures and gravity and lateral force resisting systems
  • Provide a solid foundation for subsequent study of more advanced topics
  • Review and reinforce fundamental skills in mathematics, science and engineering statics, strength of materials, and computer applications in engineering
  • Prepare students for successful completion of the professional FE examination
Topics Covered
  • Reactions, shear and bending moment diagrams and truss analysis
  • Introduction to gravity, wind and UBC required earthquake loads on structures
  • Introduction to gravity and lateral force resisting systems
  • Influence lines and applications for both fixed position and moving loads
  • Deflection analysis of beams frames and trusses by Moment Area, Conjugate Beam, and Virtual Work methods
  • Statically determinate and indeterminate structures, redundancy
  • Approximate analysis of structures for gravity and lateral loads
  • Analysis of beams and frames with Slope Deflection and Moment Distribution methods
  • Computer and hand analysis of structures with stiffness and flexibility methods.
  • Applications of matrix linear algebra.


Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Perform structural analysis of structural systems with a variety of compositions under a multitude of loading conditions
  • Analyze structural systems under a multitude of loading conditions, both statically determinate and indeterminate
  • Construct shear and bending moment diagrams and influence lines for beams and frames
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of loads on structures
  • Calculate deflections in beams, frames and trusses
  • Analyze complex structural systems on the computer

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Two hundred minutes a week lecture

Contribution of Course to Meet the Professional Component

Engineering Sciences
Engineering Design

Relationship of Course to Program Objectives

The course supports the achievement of the following ABET program outcomes and objectives (reference Engineering Criteria 2000, Criterion 3).

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Ability to identify, formulate and evaluate engineering problems
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The course supports the achievement of the following CE program objectives.

  • Provide a broad-based education in engineering sciences and design.
  • Provide a rigorous, well-balanced, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum stressing fundamentals common to many fields of civil engineering.
  • Develop skills of written communication and critical thinking which are important to a successful professional life.
  • Daily homework assignments, discussed daily in class for self-evaluation and collected approximately weekly for numerical grading and written feedback
  • Three 1-hour midterm exams and one 2-hour comprehensive final exam
  • Occasional unannounced quizzes
  • Occasional in-class cooperative/interactive problem assignments
Prepared by

Joel Arthur