Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Foundations of Solid Mechanics is one of the primary subjects for civil engineering and mechanical engineering. As a branch of mechanics, Foundations of Solid Mechanics is a basic subject for structural analysis and design deals with loads, deformations and the forces acting on the members. This course provides a conceptual introduction to stress and strain, bending, shear and torsion, and intends to make the students understand the rudimentary knowledge of structural analysis and design.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Weiwei Lin

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course focuses primarily on the notion of stress and strain; the stress and strain due to different internal forces like axial force, bending moment, shear force and torsion; analysis and design of beams; plane-stress transformation; Mohr s circle and failure theories and buckling of bars etc.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Homework, mid-term (or report), and final exam will be considered in the assessment.

  • applies in this implementation

    Weekly assignment: 25%;

    Mid-term report: 25%;

    Final exam: 50%;

    Bonus points: (5%) for attendance (both lectures and exercises, you will lose one point for each absence). The minimum point is 0. 

    Final grade=25% (weekly assignment) +25% (mid-term report) +50% (final exam) + bonus point

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 12×2 hours. Exercise and exercise consultancy 12×2 hours. Total eight hours teaching per week. Homework and student self-learning. More details will be given in syllabus.

  • applies in this implementation

    Lectures: 12×2 hours. Exercise and exercise consultancy: 12×2 hours. Eight hours teaching per week. Weekly assignment, mid-term report, and student self-learning: 84 hours. Examination: 3 hours. Altogether 135 hours.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be announced later

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.