Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VSMA10 overlaps following cours/es: FME602 and VSMA05. Compulsory for: IBYI2, IBYV2. Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Susanne Heyden,, Building Science. Assessment: One hand-in assignment and written examination. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to mechanics of materials with application to simple types of structures that are common in buildings and infrastructure.

The course is intended as basic general knowledge for a BSc in Civil Engineering and to give necessary prerequisites for further studies in geotechnical engineering and structural mechanics.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course starts with a discussion of the concepts of force, moment, free-body diagrams and equilibrium, with application to trusses, and introduction of the concepts stress and strain.

After that follows a deeper treatment of the concepts through work with statically determinate beams.

Heyden, S., Dahlblom, O., Olsson, A., Sandberg, G. : Introduktion till strukturmekaniken. Studentlitteratur. Probably new edition 2011.