Course Title: Steel Structures 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Steel Structures 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


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


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rick 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

CIVE1179 Steel Structures 1

Course Description

This course further develops your structural engineering knowledge and skills. It builds on prior knowledge in CIVE1179 Steel Structures 1. It covers a range of more advanced topics in the structural use of steel such as:  steel/reinforced concrete composites slabs, composite beams, composite columns, shear buckling of web-stiffened plate girders, long span trusses, and plastic analysis of indeterminate beams.

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. Design a multi-storey steel structural frame according to architectural requirements
  2. Design concrete/steel composite structural elements: slabs, beams and columns
  3. Design web-stiffened plate girders, long span trusses
  4. Prepare structural design documentation according to professional standards
  5. Analyse indeterminate beams using the plastic analysis method

Overview of Learning Activities

Combined lecture and tutorial sessions. Learning materials such as lecture slides and design examples are available via Blackboard LMS. You will be divided into groups of three or four. Each group will engage in a design project on a medium-rise composite structure

Total study hours: Three (3) hours per week for one semester comprising lectures and tutorial sessions. Students are expected to study and work a further 4-5 hours (minimum) to complete assessment tasks and undertake independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Subject Guide:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  On-line test #1

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Feedback will be given in lecture

Assessment Task 2:  On-line test #2

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Group design project

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4

A marking criteria/rubrics are available to students

Assessment 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5