Unit description

Building on the students’ knowledge of structural analysis, materials and construction, this unit introduces students to the design of complete structures to a specified brief. Structural materials including steel and prestressed concrete are covered. Students will apply appropriate Australian Standards to calculate loads and design specific structural elements to develop solutions that satisfy strength and serviceability limit states. Engineering sketch techniques, suitable to convey engineering solutions to drafting personnel, will be developed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to steel structures and portal frame design
Topic 2: Calculation of wind loads
Topic 3: Design of steel members and connections to AS4100
Topic 4: Introduction to prestressed design of concrete structures including pre-tensioning and post-tensioning
Topic 5: Calculation of stresses, losses and deflections in prestressed concrete structures

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Australian Standard , 1998, AS 4100-1998: Steel Structures.
  • Australian Standard, 2011, AS/NZ 1170.2-2011: Structural design actions (Part 2: Wind actions).
  • Bradford, MA, Bridge, RQ, & Trahair, NS, 2013, Worked examples for steel structures – According to strength limit states of AS4100-1998, 4th edn, AISC, Sydney.
  • Gorenc, B, Tinyou, R & Syam, A, 2012, Steel designers' handbook, 8th edn, UNSW Press, NSW, Australia. ISBN: 9781742233413.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Project report15%
Project report15%
Reflective writing10%
Exam: closed book45%

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