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, the topics are linked to requirements of Australian Standards. The course also revises the most common software used in the workforce for advanced structural analysis.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Master the terminology and be able to communicate topics of advanced theory of structures at a professional level, including setting objectives to investigate and writing professional reports

2. Understand the advanced theory of structures

3. Apply theory to solve practical problems.

4. Understand the major requirements of relevant Australian Standards.

5. Identify features and limitations of some common software used in professional practice for advanced structural analysis and utilise software in set assessments


GEOMETRICALLY NON-LINEAR STRUCTURES   PLASTIC THEORY OF STRUCTURES   • Structural analysis and design philosophy • Upper bound theorem  • Yield line method for slab analysis • Lower bound theorem • Hillerborg strip method for slab design   STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS   • Basic dynamic theory • Design principles for dynamic loading • Specific dynamic loadings • Effect of vibrations on humans • Computer methods for dynamic analysis   STABILITY OF STRUCTURES   • Basic theory of stability • Stability of structural members • Stability functions • Stability of framed systems • Computer methods for structural stability


This course has similarities to CIVL4110. If you have successfully completed CIVL4110, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

There are no formal pre-requisites for studying this course. However, it is assumed that students have competence in structural analysis (equivalent of having completed CIVL2130 and CIVL3180) and familiarity with structural design codes for loading on structures. Competence in reinforced concrete design and steel design will be an advantage (equivalent of having completed CIVL3160 and CIVL3170).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Plastic analysis

Written Assignment: Structural Dynamics

Written Assignment: Stability of Frames

Contact hours


Computer Lab

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

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

No repeat lectures