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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering

28707 - Mechanics

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
28707 - Mechanics
Faculty / School:
175 - Escuela Universitaria Politécnica de La Almunia
423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
Second semester
Subject Type:
Basic Education

5.1. Methodological overview

The learning process designed for this subject is based on the following:

Strong interaction between the teacher and the student. This interaction is brought into being through a division of work and responsibilities between the students and the teacher. Nevertheless, it must be taken into account that, to a certain degree, students can set their learning pace based on their own needs and availability, following the guidelines set by the teacher.

The current subject "Mecánica" is conceived as a stand-alone combination of contents, yet organized into three fundamental and complementary forms, which are: the theoretical concepts of each teaching unit, the solving of problems or resolution of questions and laboratory work, at the same time supported by other activities.

The organization of teaching will be carried out using the following steps:

  • Theory Classes: Theoretical activities carried out mainly through exposition by the teacher, where the theoretical supports of the subject are displayed, highlighting the fundamental, structuring them in topics and or sections, interrelating them.
  • Practical Classes: The teacher resolves practical problems or cases for demonstrative purposes. This type of teaching complements the theory shown in the lectures with practical aspects.
  • Laboratory Workshop: The lecture group is divided up into various groups, according to the number of registered students, but never with more than 20 students, in order to make up smaller sized groups.
  • Individual Tutorials: Those carried out giving individual, personalized attention with a teacher from the department. These tutorials may be in person or online.

Regarding to the slides, proposed exercise photocopies, laboratory session guides and other materials used in class, all of them are going to be available on the Moodle platforma of this subject.


 Material Format
Topic theory notes Paper/repository
Topic problems
Topic theory notes



Topic presentations
Topic problems
Related links
Educational software Open source Maxima and Octave

5.2. Learning tasks

The programme offered to the student to help them achieve their target results is made up of the following activities:

Involves the active participation of the student, in a way that the results achieved in the learning process are developed, not taking away from those already set out; the activities are the following:

Face-to-face generic activities:

  • Theory Classes: The theoretical concepts of the subject are explained and illustrative examples are developed as support to the theory when necessary.
  • Practical Classes: Problems and practical cases are carried out, complementary to the theoretical concepts studied.      
  • Laboratory Workshop: This work is tutored by a teacher, in groups of no more than 20 students.

Generic non-class activities:

  • Study and understanding of the theory taught in the lectures.
  • Understanding and assimilation of the problems and practical cases solved in the practical classes.
  • Preparation of seminars, solutions to proposed problems, etc.
  • Preparation of laboratory workshops, preparation of summaries and reports.
  • Preparation of the written tests for continuous assessment and final exams.

The subject has 6 ECTS credits, which represents 150 hours of student work in the subject during the semester, in other words, 10 hours per week for 15 weeks of class.

A summary of a weekly timetable guide can be seen in the following table. These figures are obtained from the subject file in the Accreditation Report of the degree, taking into account the level of experimentation considered for the said subject is moderate.


Activity Weekly school hours
Lectures 4
Laboratory workshop 2
Other activities 4


Nevertheless the previous table can be shown into greater detail, taking into account the following overall distribution:

  • 54 hours of lectures, with 50% theoretical demonstration and 50% solving type problems.
  • 6 hours of written assessment tests, one hour per test.
  • 90 hours of personal study, divided up over the 15 weeks of the 2nd semester.

There is a tutorial calendar timetable set by the teacher that can be requested by the students who want a tutorial.

5.3. Syllabus

This course is required for all students in engineering and architecture. It will introduce the concepts and practice of Physics. The topics and tools presented here provide the foundation needed in any engineering course.

The main topics developed here are:

  • Statics of particles
  • System of forces and moment
  • Equilibrium and reactions at supports and connections
  • Friction
  • Centroids and centres of gravity
  • Distribuited forces
  • Fluid statics
  • Analysis of structures
  • Forces in beams and cables
  • Moments of inertia of area
  • Elasticity

5.4. Course planning and calendar

Class hall sessions & work presentations timetable:

Class room and timetables are officially published at Horario de clases.

The dates of the final exams will be those that are officially published at Distribución de exámenes.

The written assessment tests will be related to the following topics:

  • Test 1: Statics of particles, System of forces and moment, Equilibrium and reactions at supports and connections, Friction.
  • Test 2: Centroids and centres of gravity, Distribuited forces, Fluid statics, Analysis of structures.
  • Test 3: Forces in beams and cables, Moments of inertia of area, Elasticity.

Estimated timetable of lectures


Week Topic Theme
1 I Statics of particles
3 II System of forces and moment
5 III Equilibrium and reactions at supports and connections, friction
7 IV Centroids and centres of gravity, distributed forces and fluid statics
9 V Analysis of structures
11 VI Forces in beams and cables
13 VII Moment of inertia of area and elasticity


Important dates, such as work presentations, laboratory practices, written exams, among other foreseen acitivities will be communicate to the students in the class room or through the Moodle platform a long time in advance.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources



Updated bibliography on this subject is available in Spanish and can be consult on the webpage of the library at:



BB Beer, Ferdinand P.. Mecánica de materiales / Ferdinand P.Beer,E. Russell Johnston, Jr. . - 2ª ed. Santafé de Bogotá [etc.] : McGraw-Hill, cop. 1993
BB Beer, Ferdinand P.. Mecánica vectorial para ingenieros. Estática / Ferdinand P. Beer, E. Russell Johnston, jr., David F. Mazurek ; revisión técnica, Javier León Cárdenas, Miguel Ángel Ríos Sánchez, Enrique Zamora Gallardo . - 10ª ed. México [etc.] : McGraw-Hill Interamericana, cop. 2013
BC Bedford, Anthony. Mecánica para ingeniería : estática / Anthony Bedford y Wallace Fowler ; traducción Jesús Elmer Murrieta Murrieta ; revisión técnica, Miguel Ángel Ríos Sánchez, Alex Elías Zúñiga . - 5ª ed. Naucalpan de Juárez (Estado de México) : Pearson Educación, 2008
BC Belmar, F. Curso de física aplicada: estática / autores F. Belmar, A. Garmendía, J. Llinares; colaborador J.C. Carrión Valencia: Universidad Politécnica, D.L.1987
BC Hibbeler, Russell C.. Ingeniería mecánica : estática / Russell Hibbeler ; traducción Jesús Elmer Murrieta Murrieta ; revisión técnica Felipe de Jesús Hidalgo Cavazos . - 12ª ed. Naucalpan de Juárez (Estado de México) : Pearson Educación, 2010
BC Hibbeler, Russell C.. Mecánica de materiales / R. C. Hibbeler ; traducción José de la Cera Alonso ; revisión técnica Alex Elías Zuñiga . - 6ª ed. México [etc.] : Pearson Educación, 2006
BC Meriam, J.L.. Mecánica para ingenieros. [Volumen I], Estática / J.L. Meriam, L.G. Kraige . - 3a. ed Barcelona [etc.] : Reverté, D.L. 1997
BC Pytel, Andrew. Ingeniería mecánica: Estática / Andrew Pytel, Jaan Kiusalaas. - Ed. en español México [etc.]: International Thomson Editores, cop. 1999.
BC Riley, William F.. Ingeniería mecánica: estática / William F. Riley, Leroy D. Sturges Barcelona [etc.]: Reverté, cop. 1995.