Course syllabus

Structural Mechanics

VSMA20, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give an introduction to structural mechanics with application to 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 structural engineering and geotechnical engineering.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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 comprehensive treatment of Bernoulli-Euler's beam theory:

Finally, some further subjects within structural mechanics are introduced:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: One hand-in assignment, one laboratory assignment and written examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Required prior knowledge: FMA645 Calculus OR FMAA50 Calculus AND FMA656 Mathematics, Linear Algebra OR FMAA55 Mathematics, Linear Algebra
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSMA05, VSMA10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Peter Persson,
Course homepage:
Further information: One teaching session might be given in Lund.