Course syllabus

Structural Mechanics

VSMA05, 8 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: V2
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 built upon previous courses in especially mechanics, mathematics and material science and is intended as basic general knowledge for a MSc in Civil Engineering and to give necessary prerequisites for further studies in structural and geotechnical engineering and more advanced structural mechanics.

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 revision of free-body diagrams and equilibrium, with application to trusses, and introduction of the concepts stress and strain.

After that follows a compehensive treatment of Bernoulli's beam theory:

Finally, some furter subjects within structural mechanics are introduced:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Two hand-in assignments (one of which is also presented orally), one laboratory assignment and one 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.


Assumed prior knowledge: VSM010 Mechanics or VSMA25 Mechanics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FME602, VSM025, VSM140, VSM141, VSMA10, VSMA20

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Susanne Heyden,
Course homepage:
Further information: In addition to the hours given in the time plan there is a 4 h seminar and some consultations.