Structural Design 1


This course concentrates on estimating the loads that a structure may be required to carry, designing individual members in steel and timber and designing steel connections.

Structural design is concerned with buildings and other structures such as bridges.  A structural design engineer must 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. 

What you will learn

When you successfully complete this course you 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
  • 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
  • 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.


Assessment for this course is:

  • 40% internally assessed
  • 60% exam.

For more information about exams, including and a full list of exam times see our examinations section.


No textbooks are needed for this course.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

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