Course Title: Steel Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Steel Design

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


520T Future Technologies


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed the courses MATH2167 Mathematics 1, MATH2168 Mathematics 2, CIVE1205 Structural Analysis and MANU2112 Engineering Science, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to interpret Australian Standards and design simple steel structures consisting of beams, columns, welded/bolted connections and purlins/girts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
1.3 In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary Engineering practice in the area of practice.
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
2.3 Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well-defined engineering problems.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Calculate the acceptable design loading for steel beams and columns using AS1100 and AS4100
2. Analyse and design simple steel beams to AS 4100
3. Analyse and design simple cleat plate connection using AS 4100
4. Analyse and design axially loaded steel compression members to AS 4100
5. Analyse and design members in plane frames under tension, compression and combined loadings
6. Analyse and design steel connections to AS 4100
7. Analyse and design purlins and rafters using manual
8. Analyse and design simple base plate connection using AS 4100

Overview of Learning Activities

The following activities will be the part of the learning activities:
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Lab work
• Literature research online and library
• Project based learning

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment 1: Tests  
Weighting towards final grade: 30% 
Assessment 1 assesses the following learning outcomes: 
PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 
CLO 1, 2 
Assessment 2: Project and Lab work  
Weighting towards final grade: 35% 

PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1,2.3 
CLO 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 

Assessment 3: Final assessment 
Weighting towards final grade: 35% 

Assessment 3 assesses the following learning outcomes: 

PLO 1.1, 1.2,1.6, 2.1 

CLO 4, 5, 6, 7, 8