Course Title: Apply structural principles to the construction of large, high rise and complex buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUIL5844C

Course Title: Apply structural principles to the construction of large, high rise and complex buildings

School: 325T Property, Constr & Proj Mgt

Campus: City Campus

Program: C0033 - Graduate Certificate in Construction Management

Course Contact : Koorosh Gharehbaghi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5019

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Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to apply structural principles to the building of large, high-rise and complex buildings. The design and construction of large buildings requires the input of a range of skilled professionals, including architects and engineers. The building and construction professional plays a significant role within this project team and requires the ability to communicate effectively with building design professionals, and to develop sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC6014A Apply structural principles to the construction of large, high rise and complex buildings


1 Apply structural principles to the planning of the erection and/or demolition of a structure
2 Coordinate and manage the site assessment and job set-up
3 Coordinate and manage the construction of footing systems
4 Coordinate and manage the structural elements of the construction process
5 Analyse and plan for structural integrity of buildings

Performance Criteria:

Carry out Structural analysis and design and comprehend Structural behaviour such as Deflections, Bending, Buckling, etc.

Learning Outcomes

On a successful completion, you will posses a detailed understanding of the theoretical principles involved in the construction of foundations and structures together with knowledge of the acts and regulations governing building in the relevant State.

Details of Learning Activities

Structural analysis and design will be covered in the following principles:-
Structural types: Steel, Concrete and Timber:
Loads such as: Live, dead, dynamic.
Foundation types: Spread footings, Post and Beam, Piles, etc.
Structural Elements: Beams, Columns, Arches, etc.
Structural behaviour: Deflections, Bending, Buckling, etc.

Teaching Schedule

Lecture & Tutorial Duration: 3 sessions X 8 hours.

"These planned sessions are subject to change"

Session 1:

Subject Description and Outline & Introduction to Structures.  
Assignments 1 and 2.
Loads 1
Loads 2
Loads 3

Session 2:

Structural Types 
Foundation and soils
Structural Elements.
Behaviour of Materials
Mechanics of materials 1

Session 3:

Mechanics of materials 2
Forces, and Vectors
Design of Columns and beams
Tutorials due.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Ambrose, James, “Simplified Design of Building Structures”, third edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1995.
Ambrose, James, and Tripeny, Patrick, “Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders”, eleventh edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2010.
Mamlouk, S. Michael, and Zaniewski, P. John, “Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers”, third edition, Prentice hall, 2010.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment A - Written Report Part A worth 25%.
Assessment B – Written Report Part B worth 25%.
Class Exercises –50%.

Assessment Tasks

Assignment1, worth 40%.

Assignment2, worth 60%.

Assessment Matrix

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