CIVL 2008 Introduction to Structural Engineering (WSTC AssocD)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700115

Coordinator Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Description This unit covers the basic concepts in analysing and designing simple structural members. It consists of the fundamentals of structural analysis, concrete structures and steel structures.Offerings of alternate units are dependent on there being sufficient student enrolment numbers. If enrolments are low, the College may cancel delivery of the alternate unit.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MECH 2004

Equivalent Subjects CIVL 2007 - Introduction to Structural Engineering

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College in 7022 Associate Degree in Engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Analyse the reactions and internal forces in statically determinate structures under a variety of loading conditions
  2. Determine the influence lines for statically determinate beams
  3. Determine the deflections of statically determinate beams, trusses and frames
  4. Use force methods to analyse statically indeterminate beams
  5. Recognise the effect of material properties on the behaviour of simple steel and concrete structures
  6. Apply structural analysis in the design process
  7. Design simple steel and reinforced concrete flexural elements and specify appropriate materials

Subject Content

1. Analysis of statically determinate beams and frames
2. Analyse of statically determinate trusses
3. Influence lines for beams and trusses
4. Deflections of trusses, beams and frames
5. Force method for statically indeterminate structures
6. Determine dead and live loads on steel and concrete structures
7. Determine sizes for simple steel beams under load
8. Determine dimensions and reinforcement for reinforced concrete beams under load


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quizzes x 5 20 minutes each 30 N Individual
Mid-Quarter Test 2 hours 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Hibbeler R.C. (2009) Structural Analysis (7th edition in SI units), Prentice Hall.

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 4

Nirimba Education Precinct


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