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Principles of Building (CONS10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeCONS10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Principles of Structural Design introduces engineering and construction concepts with a mix of design projects, interactive workshops and lectures. An introduction to rigid body dynamics will be given through theory and case studies related to the built environment. Through analysis, model simulations, laboratory work, testing and evaluation, students will explore the fundamentals of structural analysis and commonly used construction methods and systems. The contextual links between structural theory and the finished construction will be provided by considering the fabrication, erection / construction and buildability issues.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of forces and pressures as applied to structures;
  • Understand the structural design process and how it relates to the construction process;
  • Understand the presence, importance, types and use of design standards and codes of practice relevant to structural design in Australia;
  • Develop an ability to quantify loads applied to structures;
  • Develop an ability to analyse the effects of loads on the behaviour of structures;
  • Develop an ability to justify the design of commonly used structural systems for specific design applications;
  • Develop an ability to design simple structural systems taking into account realistic design loads;
  • Understand and measure the basic properties and uses of common construction and building materials;
  • Understand the mechanisms that result in the deformation and degradation of materials;
  • Develop an ability to select appropriate materials for specific design application.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills for written and oral presentation
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capacity to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Perceptions of own learning and development
  • Understanding the need to externally review and critically reflect on own capabilities.

Eligibility and requirements


VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 or equivalent



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



10 x weekly Individual Assignments, equivalent to 800 words, due weeks 3-12 , 20% in total
Group Assignment, equivalent to 800 words per student, due week 10 ( 20%);
2 hour examination, equivalent to 2400 words.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorsJames Helal and Valerie Francis
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours of lecture class and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. Students will also attend 2 x four hour labs to be held during semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinators

    Valerie Francis


    James Helal


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Fundamentals of Structural Engineering (Connor & Faraji)

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019