ENCI437-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Structural Analysis and Systems 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Direct stiffness method of analysis; static and kinematic condensation; non-uniform torsion; geometric and material nonlinear analysis; rigid-plastic analysis; dynamic analysis of multiple-degree-of-freedom systems

This course covers advanced topics related to the development of discrete linear and nonlinear models of structural systems, and the application of matrix structural analysis techniques to numerically simulate the deformations and internal forces induced in them under the action of static and dynamic loads.

The material covered in this course builds on introductory analysis and systems concepts covered in ENCI335: Structural Analysis and Systems 1. This course will develop important analytical skills required to succeed as practising structural and geotechnical engineers, and also develop the necessary foundational knowledge in preparation for more advanced postgraduate level courses such as ENEQ623: Finite Element Analysis of Structures and ENEQ624: Nonlinear Structural Analysis and Dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Develop linear and nonlinear numerical models of common structural forms by making appropriate idealisations (Washington Accord WA1, WA2, WA5), (UC EiE3, EIE4)

2.  Evaluate the deformations and internal forces induced in structures under the action of external static and dynamic loads, and internal self-straining loads; and interpret them in light of the precision of the computed results (Washington Accord WA1, WA2, WA5), (UC EiE3, EIE4)

3.  Assess the stability of structural systems by evaluating their critical buckling loads and buckling mode shapes (Washington Accord WA1, WA2, WA5), (UC EiE3, EIE4)

4.  Compare and contrast the response of structures predicted using linear, nonlinear, static, and dynamic analyses, and comprehend the limitations of each type of analysis (Washington Accord WA1, WA2, WA5, WA12), (UC EiE3, EIE4)

5.  Evaluate the ultimate strength and deformation capacities of structures beyond their initial yield point using rigid-plastic analysis (Washington Accord WA1, WA2), (UC EiE3)

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.




Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:00 - 17:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 19:00 - 22:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
29 Apr - 5 May

Course Coordinator

Reagan Chandramohan


Chin-Long Lee


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly Tutorials 12%
Mid-semester test 44% Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3
Final exam 44% Learning Objectives 4, 5


• You can expect about 80% of your learning to occur while working on the assignments; hence, you are strongly encouraged to begin working on them early, and to ask plenty of questions during the tutorial sessions and office hours.

• You are advised to diligently review all the relevant lectures before attempting the assignments, in order to get the most out of them.

• The assignments will require you to relate new concepts with those discussed in earlier courses, and to explore beyond the material covered in the lectures, in order to adequately prepare you for life beyond your undergraduate studies

• You may work on the assignments in pairs and submit one solution for which both you
and your partner will receive the same score. You must create/join a Learn group before
you can submit an assignment solution. If you choose to work in pairs, it is expected
that both you and your partner work together on all parts of all problems, and do not
just divvy up the work among yourselves.

• You are permitted to discuss the problems with other students, but are not permitted to copy their work. The solutions you submit should reflect your own understanding of the problem, organisation of the calculations, and interpretation of the results.

• The use of Generative AI tools to solve assignment problems is discouraged, since it will deter the achievement of the intended learning outcomes, which will be critical to your success in the mid-semester test and final exam.

• Assignment solutions must be submitted as a single PDF file on Learn; hardcopies will not be accepted. Handwritten solutions must be scanned using a scanner. If a scanner is not available, photographs may be taken, but they should be suitably edited and combined into a single PDF file. It is your responsibility to make sure your solutions are legible.

• Since this is a professional engineering course, it is expected that the submitted assignment solutions are neat and well organised. No marks will be awarded for incoherent, untidy, or illegible submissions.

• Sketches and free body diagrams must be included where appropriate. They must be neatly drawn either digitally or using a pencil and ruler.

• Graphs must be plotted using a computer. They must contain axis labels, units, ticks, grid lines, and a legend where appropriate.

• You are given a total allowance of two late days for the entire course, which you may use for the submission of assignments. Submission of an assignment at any time up to 24 hours late will result in the deduction of one entire late day, and so on.

Test and exam
• The mid-semester test will cover the material from Part I of the course only, while the final exam will cover material from Part II of the course only.
• Both will test your conceptual understanding of the course material, as well as your ability to solve problems

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Chopra, Anil K; Dynamics of structures : theory and applications to earthquake engineering ; 4th ed; Prentice Hall, 2012.

Logan, Daryl L; A first course in the finite element method ; Sixth edition; Cengage Learning, 2017.

McGuire, William et al; Matrix structural analysis ; 2nd ed; John Wiley, 2000.

Timoshenko, Stephen; Theory of elastic stability ; 2d ed.; McGraw-Hill, 1961.

This course does not have a required text, but several reference texts are cited in individual modules as appropriate. Notes and other resources are provided on LEARN. Furthermore, a number of articles will be posted on the class LEARN site as recommended reading. Please note that this material (including all lecture recordings) made available through LEARN, are copyright and are not for general public dissemination.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Honour code

All students enrolling in this course undertake that:

• they will conduct themselves with honour and integrity, both inside and outside the lecture theatres;
• they will exercise kindness, empathy, and compassion in their interactions with other students, tutors, faculty, and staff;
• they will not give or receive aid in the mid-semester test and the final examination;
• they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in assignments, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading;
• they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the letter and spirit of the Honour code.

Examples of conduct that may be regarded as being in violation of the Honour code include:

• Copying from or referring to an assignment solution from another student or any other source
• Giving or receiving aid on an assignment under circumstances in which a reasonable person should have known that such aid was not permitted
• Representing the work of another as one’s own work
• Copying from another student’s test or examination paper or allowing another student to copy from one’s own paper
• Giving or receiving unpermitted aid on a take-home examination
• Revising and resubmitting an assignment, test, or exam for regrading, without the instructor’s knowledge and consent

Sanctions for violating the Honour code may range from a fail grade in the course to suspension from the university.

Assessment and grading system

Special consideration

• You may apply for special consideration only for the mid-semester test and the final exam.

• The academic remedy offered for special consideration will be an equivalent alternative assessment. This alternative assessment will only be available to students who have approved special consideration applications for the assessments at

• Your score on this alternative assessment will replace your original score in the course grade calculation unless you decline the offer or otherwise do not sit the alternative assessment, in which case your original score will be used.

• The alternative assessment for the mid-semester test will be held in the week of 6 May 2024, while that for the final exam will be held in the week of 8 July 2024. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are available on these dates, in order to
offered academic remedy.

• All communication associated with the arrangements of these equivalent alternative assessments will be conducted using official UC email accounts. The offer to sit an alternative assessment will come with a date/time during the resit week. You will have a clearly specified amount of time to respond to the offer. Failure to respond will be interpreted as a declined offer.

• If you have applied for special consideration but the application has not yet been approved when arrangements are being made for the alternative sitting, you may be permitted to sit the alternative assessment, but your score will only be applied
severity level.

• Additional information on applying for special consideration can be found on the UC  Special Considerations website: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/study-supportinfo/study-topics/special-consideration.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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