Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course 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 residential, commercial or industrial building. Problems are set and supervised by practising engineers in consultation with departmental staff and test most aspects of structural design. The course will also facilitate real-world experiential learning via a site visit.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop the structural concept for a complete building system including the description of the load resisting system for the building

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

3. Know the major Australian Standards relating to structural engineering analysis and design

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

5. Communicate design outcomes at a professional level and demonstrate a sophistication and maturity in approach to the execution of a project


  • Structural concept design and understanding of structural load resisting systems
  • Structural analysis
  • Structural design and detailing (including drafting) for members and connections

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in CIVL3160 Reinforced Concrete Design and CIVL3170 Steel Design

Assessment items

Report: Structural Concept Design

Report: Structural Detailed Design

Report: Site Visit

Contact hours



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

Design studio