Structural Design of Low Rise Buildings

CVE40002 12.5 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 48 hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22


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.

After successfully completing this unit, you should 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 for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.