Available in 2018

Course handbook


Provides a practical introduction to design techniques in structural engineering. The emphasis is on realistic design problems, such as the structural design of a new commercial or industrial building. Problems are set and supervised by practicing engineers in consultation with departmental staff and test most aspects of design.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of conceptual design.

2. Apply the research and design skills acquired in earlier courses for the solution of realistic practical problems as a part of the team.

3. Identify and use the major Australian Standards for structural engineering design.

4. Critically analyse the features and limitations of the most common software used in professional practice at design stage.

5. Communicate design outcomes at a professional level.


Structural design:

  • Conceptual structural design
  • Steel design
  • Concrete design
  • Timber and masonry design


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civl) program and associated combined degrees. Pre-requisite - successful completion of CIVL3160 and CIVL3170

Assumed knowledge

CIVL3160 and CIVL3170. Students should also refer to the Compulsory Program Component section.

Assessment items

Project: Stage 1 - Preliminary

Project: Stage 2 - Detailed

Written Assignment: Site Visit

Contact hours



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

Design studio.