LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Extends students’ knowledge of structural analysis, materials and construction to the design of complete structures to a specified brief. Introduces students to the design of steel structures. Enables students to calculate loads and design specific structural elements to develop solutions that satisfy strength and serviceability limit states in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4100. Develops students' ability to produce engineering sketches suitable to convey engineering solutions to drafting personnel.

Unit content

Introduction to steel structures 

Limit States Design

Calculation of wind loads

Design of steel members under tension, compression, bending, shear and combined actions

Design of connections 

Design of portal frame

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

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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 report20%
Reflective writing10%
Exam: open book50%

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Fee information


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