Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course revises the basic material properties of timber and masonry as they relate to structural design using these materials. It then introduces students to the structural design of timber and masonry structures as well as footings systems for residential structures. The course aims to enable students to develop competence in the use of the Australian Standards used for the design of such structures.

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. Have a commanding knowledge of the properties of timber as a structural material and be able to design and detail basic timber members and connections in accordance with AS1720.1 Timber Structures.

3. Have a commanding knowledge of the properties of masonry as a structural material and be able to design and detail unreinforced and reinforced masonry elements in accordance with AS3700 Masonry Structures.

4. Have a commanding knowledge of the behaviour of residential structures founded on reactive clay soils and be able to design footing systems for residential structures in accordance with AS2870.



  • 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)
  • wall movements and serviceability design
  • design of masonry members for compression, shear and lateral loading
  • reinforced and prestressed masonry  


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


This course has similarities to CIVL4120. If you have successfully completed CIVL4120, 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 and familiarity with structural design codes for loading on structures, reinforced concrete design and steel design will be an advantage (equivalent of having completed CIVL3160 and CIVL3170).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Concept design assignment

Written Assignment: Timber design assignment

Written Assignment: Masonry design assignment

Written Assignment: Footing design assignment

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

2 x 2 hour lectures per week All lectures are unique, there are no repeat lectures