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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
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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.

Last updated: 10 August 2019