Structural Design 1

Course code CIV2503

Structural design is concerned with buildings and other structures such as bridges.  A structural design engineer is required to make decisions about how buildings and other structures will be built so that they will perform satisfactorily and will not deteriorate rapidly, deflect excessively or, in the worst event, fall down.  This course concentrates on estimating the loads which a structure may be required to carry, designing individual members in steel and timber and designing steel connections.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • present defining diagrams and associated discussions and/or calculations relating to structural design in a manner that communicates the logic of the
  • underlying phenomena and processes;
  • map out the major steps in the total design process;
  • extract separable structural elements from simple buildings and model the supports, restraints, continuity and loading conditions on such elements in terms of line load diagrams;
  • utilise approximate analysis techniques to determine design load effects on indeterminate structures;
  • explain the logic behind, and apply limit state design;
  • use relevant industry standards to evaluate structural engineering loads;
  • determine approximate member sizes in steel and timber for simple situations;
  • differentiate the material characteristics of timber from those of steel, and determine timber member sizes to industry standards for tension elements, beams and columns;
  • determine member sizes to industry standards for structural steel tension elements, pure compression elements, and beams;
  • explain nominated aspects of relevant national building codes.


40% internally assessed

60% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


No textbooks are required for this course