Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the structural design of steel members and connections. Topics include design loads and the structural design of steel beams, columns, tension members, and bolted and welded connections.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Determine design loads

2. Apply relevant design processes to steel structures

3. Size structural steel members

4. Apply their skills and knowledge to structurally design a realistic structure

5. Demonstrate an advanced level of steel design skills


  • Limit states and design loading
  • Outline of types of steel and steel structures
  • Methods of structural analysis
  • Flexural members (ie, beams)
  • Columns (ie, compression members)
  • Tension members
  • Combined actions (ie, beams/columns)
  • Bolted, pinned and welded connections
  • Composite beams
  • Example design drawings and steel schedule


This course has similar content to CIVL3170. If you have completed CIVL3170, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Content from CIVL2130 Theory of Structures 1

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Design Actions Assignment

Written Assignment: Portal Frame Design Project

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



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


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