Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Yu Bai


Loads and load paths for multi-storey structures, including the action of core walls. Design of composite steel-concrete floor systems, beam columns and footings. Matrix structural analysis for the determination of forces and displacements in structures. Relationship between frame analysis software and the technique of matrix analysis. Emphasis on performance issues for buildings which are not related to strength and deflection.


At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to:

In terms of knowledge:

  • describe and interpret how multi-storey structures resist lateral loads, and how core structures work in this context
  • comply the concept of limit state design and practice the corresponding design method
  • formulate the relationship between matrix analysis of structures, and operate relevant computer frame analysis packages
  • describe the concepts of lateral buckling of steel beams and identify the effective length of steel columns
  • distinguish moment connections and simple shear connections in steel structures, and design accordingly
  • describe principles of design of composite structures, and compare the roles and function of the various components in composite floor systems

In terms of skill:

  • calculate earthquake, wind, dead and live loading on a building structure
  • sketch a load run-down for a multi-storey structure
  • analyze a simple structure by hand using the method of matrix structural analysis
  • analyze a simple structure using a computer frame analysis package
  • design steel beams, columns, beam-columns and moment connections
  • design simply supported steel-concrete composite beams and continuous steel-concrete composite slabs
  • design single column footings with consideration of different failure modes

In terms of attitudes:

  • underline the diversity of issues that must be addressed in the design of building structures
  • assess limit states other than strength that may control structural design
  • recognize that movement occurs in all building materials and structures, and that allowance must be made for this in the detailing of structures


Continuous Assessment: 50%
Final examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment components (practice problems, mid-semester tests, project presentations and reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lecture, 2 hours practice and 8 hours of private study per week.

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