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Structural Theory and Design (CVEN30009)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCVEN30009
Semester 2
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This subject introduces the basic methods of structural analysis and the design of simple structures which are built of reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry. A feature of this subject is the integration of the design and analytical skills in dealing with contemporary structures that have an effective blending of materials for achieving satisfactory performance and economy in construction.

This subject consolidates basic structural theory and design abilities that underpin further specialised studies in structural design in engineering masters programs. It also gives students some basic capabilities to seek work experience in the engineering profession.


Topics covered include: stress analysis in beams, deflection calculations using direct integration and virtual work methods, structural analyses of beams and frames by the force method, structural design of reinforced concrete beams and columns, structural design of steel beams, columns and ties, design of timber joists and masonry squat walls.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Analyse stresses in beams due to combined axial, bending and torsional loads
  2. Calculate deflections in beams by numerical integration methods and unit load method
  3. Calculate deflections in frames by unit load method
  4. Conduct stability analysis of simple systems including the buckling of columns and stress amplifications
  5. Analyse using the force method for solving indeterminate systems of beams and frames
  6. Design steel beams, columns and ties
  7. Design reinforced concrete one-way slabs, simple beams and compression-only columns, and basic detailing
  8. Design timber joists and masonry squat walls
  9. Design simple structural systems taking into account the design load cases.

Generic skills

Students successfully completing this subject should develop the following general 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 manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • 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
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 10 August 2019