Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course Introduces students to higher-level theory of structures. Topics include: elementary plastic theory of structures with application for slab analysis and design, dynamics of structures, stability of structural elements and structural systems. Where possible, topics are linked to the requirements of Australian Standards. The most common software used in the work force for advanced structural analysis is also investigated.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Master the terminology and communicate topics of higher-level theory of structures at a professional level.

2. Demonstrate their understanding of the higher-level theory of structures.

3. Apply theory to solve structure-related problems.

4. Identify the major requirements of relevant Australian Standards.

5. Demonstrate their understanding of the features and limitations of some common software used in professional practice for advanced structural analysis.


1. Plastic theory of structures

  • Upper bound theorem (yield line method)
  • Lower bound theorem
  • Applications to framed structures
  • Hillerborg strip method for slab design

2. Structural dynamics

  • Basic dynamic theory
  • Design principles for dynamic loading
  • Specific dynamic loadings
  • Computer methods for dynamic analysis

3. Stability of structures

  • Basic theory of stability
  • Stability functions
  • Stability of framed systems
  • Computer methods for structural stability  

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2130 Theory of Structures 1; CIVL3180 Theory of Structures 2.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Please note that students will use the computer lab most weeks but on occasions a tutorial room will be required. The academic will contact the Timetable Officer in the Faculty when a tutorial room is specifically required.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1