Course Title: Steel Structures 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Steel Structures 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Ricky Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1188 Structural Analysis

Course Description

This course provides foundation knowledge and skills relevant to the concepts, principles and components of structural design.  It introduces the design of steel structures using the limit state design philosophy. You will gain an understanding of statutory requirements, design standards, steel industry practices and design documentation. Steel structural members, structural design principles and evaluation of loads and estimation of member capacities for steel structures will all be addressed. The course content builds on your knowledge of force systems in equilibrium, analysis of simple structures and structural mechanics. You will gain experience in the design of a low-rise steel building via a group design project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Interpret ultimate and serviceability limit state approaches in current structural design philosophy
  2. Simplify a standard building into a number of manageable idealised substructures and structural elements and construct their load paths.
  3. Estimate primary design loads by consulting appropriate standards and handbooks and obtain critical load combinations
  4. Model and analyse a structure to obtain actions such as bending moments, shear forces and deflections
  5. Design steel structural elements for design actions
  6. Prepare structural design documentation according to professional standards

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials and fabrication and testing of a model steel beam.

Learning materials are available in Blackboard LMS. You will be divided into groups of three or four. Each group will engage in two assessment tasks, namely the model beam test and a group design project on a low-rise steel structure. In the model beam test, groups will design and fabricate a short model steel beam which will be tested to destruction. You will compare the design and observed failure loads in laboratory reports.

In the group design project you will conduct the structural design of a low-rise steel structure according to the requirements of relevant Australian Standards. This process will include the determination of loads (including dead, imposed and wind loads), determination of load combinations and their design actions and subsequently the design of typical and/or critical members. 

Total study hours: Four (4) hours per week for one semester comprising lectures and tutorials/laboratory sessions. Students are expected to study outside contact hours to complete assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture slides and design examples are available online. A list of Australian Standards, design handbooks and recommended textbooks will be given.

Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  On-line test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Feedback will be given in lecture

Assessment Task 2:  Lab report

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Group design project

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 2,3,4,5 & 6

A marking criteria/rubrics will be available to students

Assessment 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5