Course Title: Structures 1

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4014

Course Title: Structures 1

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv


Course Contact: Warwick Brewster

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4334

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Course Description

To enable learners to:
• have a knowledge of the structural principles as applied to domestic scale buildings
• recognise potentially dangerous situations during the design and construction of domestic scale
• buildings;
• communicate effectively with structural engineers;
• proceed with more advanced studies of structures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ABC086 Structures 1

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide the learner to develop knowledge & skills and able to:
• Outline the terms and SI units commonly used in structures.
• Solve simple co-plannar, concurrent and non-concurrent force systems.
• Describe the properties and behaviour of structural materials.
• Describe the section properties of structural elements and their effect on structural performance
• Describe the performance of beams.
• Determine the bracing requirements for domestic buildings.
• Describe the performance criteria for columns.
• Recognise unsafe practices in the utilisation of simple roof trusses.
• Outline how loads of various types occur and impinge on a building structure.
• Explain the principles of formwork design as relevant to domestic scale building.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is done through a combination of:
• Assignment
• Learning outcome test