Available in 2018

Course handbook


Covers the properties of masonry and timber and the design of structures containing these materials, together with the design of footings for low rise structures. For masonry and timber design, the engineering properties of each material are studied, followed by the design of structural elements such as masonry walls and piers, timber columns, beams, tension members and connections. The foundation design component deals with site characteristics including testing and calculation methods for reactive clays, various footing systems and their characteristics, design performance expectations, numerical models for soil-structure interaction and structural design.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a structural concept design for a building structure and be able to describe the way in which the structure safely transfers gravity and lateral loads to the supporting foundation.

2. Design and detail basic timber members and connections in accordance with AS1720.1 taking into account the properties of timber as a structural material.

3. Design and detail unreinforced and reinforced masonry elements in accordance with AS3700 Masonry Structures taking into account the properties of masonry as a structural material.

4. Design footing systems for residential structures in accordance with AS2870 taking into account the behaviour of residential structures founded on reactive clay soils.



  • properties of timber/timber classification, introduction to timber structures
  • capacity of tension and compression members
  • capacity of bending members
  • combined actions/capacity of nailed and screwed connections
  • capacity of bolted connections/AS1684 overview
  • special structures/durability


  • introduction to masonry structures/historical review
  • planning and detailing of masonry structures
  • masonry materials (units, mortar, masonry and accessories)
  • walls movements and serviceability problems
  • design of masonry members for compression, shear and lateral loading
  • reinforced and prestressed masonry

Slabs and Footings

  • introduction to footing system design
  • site characteristics
  • footing systems
  • mound shape and stiffness
  • structure response

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL3280 Soil Mechanics and CIVL3170 Steel Design or CIVL3160 Reinforced Concrete Design.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Structural Concept Design

Written Assignment: Timber Detailed Design

Written Assignment: Masonry Detailed Design

Written Assignment: Footing Detailed Design

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Plus informal student consultation.