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This subject is an introduction to engineering materials, statics, mechanics, and structural systems designed for students without a background in engineering, construction or building. It provides a general understanding of engineering materials and discusses how these materials are used in construction. Concepts of mechanic of materials and structural systems will be discussed by drawing on examples in residential and low-rise construction. Various forms of structural systems for timber, reinforced concrete and steel construction will be investigated.
Intended learning outcomes
- To develop the capacity to evaluate the effects of loads and actions in the behaviour of structural systems;
- To provide a fundamental understanding of the properties of engineering materials and how these mechanical properties influence the selection of materials for application in contemporary buildings;
- To provide a sound theoretical background in statics, mechanics and structural analysis for understanding the choice of materials and structural systems; and
- To provide an introduction to the basic principles of reinforced concrete design.
At the completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:
- Ability to visualise physical building and structural configurations in terms of real materials, actual constraints, and practical limitations which govern the behaviour of structures.
- Enable students to select materials based on the requirements of the building and the mechanical properties of materials.
- Ability to understand the choice of structural system in relation to applied loads and building types.
Last updated: 4 February 2020