Building Design

CVE80008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + Blended

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


Admission to a cognate Postgraduate course 

Aims and objectives

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

Unit Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. 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)
2. 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)
3. 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).
4. Carry out design of composite concrete floors. (K1,K2,K3,K5,K6,S1,S2,S3,A1,A5,A6)
5. Identify factors affecting seismic design of building structures and calculate seismic loads. (K1,K2,K3,K5,K6,S1,S2,S3,A1,A5,A6)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.