Strength of Materials 1

Course code DE5302

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

This course will help you to develop an understanding of the essential elements of strengths of materials.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex states of stress and the effects of dynamic loadings on a mechanical system. 
  • Design jointing systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of beam failure modes and calculate deflections and shear stresses. 
  • Calculate failure loads for concentrically loaded columns.

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 


20% Internally assessed

30% Practical

50% Exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

Labs requirements

A 2 ½ day practical Laboratory held in Wellington is a requirement for this course.

Trimester 1 Laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,  

Trimester 2 Laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.

Your course leader will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the trimester, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.

Lecturer / Tutor