Structural Design of Low Rise Buildings

CVE40002 12.5 Credit Points 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.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23


CVE20003 and CVE30002

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to provide students with knowledge and skills to design low rise buildings such as houses and small commercial buildings.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. Select the most suitable form of residential form of residential footings depending on the site reactivity. (K3, S1, S3)
2. Design timber and steel elements such as steel floor joists, beams, lintels and posts. (K2, K3, S1, S3, A6, A7)
3. Select timber framing for sub floor, walls, lintels, roofs, bracing and tie down and design nailed and bolted timber connections. (K3,S1,S3, A6, A7)
4. Design un-reinforced and reinforced masonry in compression and flexure. (K3,S1,S3, A6, A7)
5. Propose construction details for performance and durability. (K1, K3, K6)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.