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Structural Theory and Design 3 (CVEN90035)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCVEN90035
Semester 2
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The major objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of the procedures and processes involved in the design of structures made of structural steel, cold-formed steel, composites, timber or masonry, and be able to produce effective and economical design solutions through correct integration of these materials. This subject features simulated structural design exercises which involve participation by senior experienced practicing engineers. These exercises consist of both conceptual and detailed designs which consider constructability, functionality, sustainability as well as compliance with standards to ensure safety and serviceability.


Conceptual and preliminary design of structures and design parameters, structural analyses of frames and trusses by the stiffness matrix method, computer analysis by a commercial package, design of structural steel and connections, design of cable stayed bridges, engineering of cold-formed steel, structural design of concrete-steel composite beams, structural design of timber elements and connections.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Conceptual design of structures and the determination of design parameters
  2. Analyse structures using approximate methods for the sizing of members in the preliminary design stage based on the considerations of gravity, operational and environmental loads
  3. Undertake computer analyses of frames and trusses based on the construction and use of stiffness matrices which are manipulated by EXCEL spreadsheets
  4. Undertake computer analyses of a structural system by the use of a commercial package (e.g. Spacegass) and have the output verified by comparison with results from hand calculations and from EXCEL
  5. Undertake preliminary and detailed design of a typical structure
  6. Design steel members and their connections and stiffening using relevant design standards
  7. Recognise behaviour of cold formed steel and design for local buckling
  8. Design simply-supported concrete-steel composite beams
  9. Identify basic properties of timber and factors affecting its behaviour
  10. Design timber elements and connections to resist tension, bending and compression.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification,formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Last updated: 18 April 2019