Bridge Design

CVE80020 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

Aims and objectives

Bridge design is a common career for civil engineers, with strong demand due to the global expansion of transport infrastructure. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to bridge design and equip them with the basic knowledge and skills to embark upon a career as a bridge design engineer. The unit aims to build upon the knowledge of structural engineering acquired through fundamental structural engineering units taken at undergraduate level, and overlay that with knowledge and skills specific to the practice of bridge engineering.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe and discuss the common structural forms for bridges (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S3).
2. Select an appropriate structural form and construction method for a specific bridging task (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3).
3. Develop a structural analysis model for a beam and slab bridge and apply loading representative of a moving vehicle (K1, K2, K3, K4, K6, S3).
4. Design selected bridge members in prestressed concrete and steel materials (K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3).
5. Specify appropriate components for bridge joints, bearings and parapets (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3).
6. Undertake preliminary analysis and design of bridge substructure components (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3).
7. Describe the processes for assessment, rating and strengthening of bridges (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S2, S3).
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.