Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


4000 level

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.



  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand site characteristics and the types and behaviour of footing systems.

2. Understand soil-structure interaction and appropriate footing design techniques

3. Obtain a knowledge of masonry and timber properties.

4. Understand design techniques for timber and masonry structures and their associated structural elements.


Residential Footing Design

  1. Site characteristics
  2. Footing systems
  3. Design philosophy
  4. Soil structure interaction
  5. Structural design
  6. Trees and foundations

Masonry and Timber Design

  1. Mechanical properties of timber and masonry
  2. Design of masonry components
  3. Design of masonry structures
  4. Design of timber components
  5. Design of timber structures

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: Masonary 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.