This unit aims to provide students with practical skills which are necessary for the structural design of buildings

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the critical issues that should be addressed in planning and designing a multi-storey building (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A5, A6)
  • Undertake conceptual design for buildings covering floor layout and identify suitable lateral load resisting systems (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A5, A6)
  • Calculate wind loads on buildings focusing on external facades and execute design of glazing elements (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A5, A6)
  • Carry out design of composite concrete floors (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A5, A6)
  • Identify factors affecting seismic design of building structures and calculate seismic loads (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A5, A6)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 10% 1,5 
AssignmentIndividual 15% 1,2,4 
AssignmentIndividual 25% 1,2,3 
ExaminationIndividual 50% 1,2,3,4,5 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Conceptual design and gravity and lateral load resisting systems in tall buildings
  • Wind loads
  • Glazing façade design
  • Design of composite concrete floors for strength and serviceability
  • Introduction to structural dynamics
  • Seismic design

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.