CIV3221 - Building structures and technology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Yu Bai (Clayton)

Dr Kong Sih Ying (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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:

  1. Describe and interpret how multi-storey structures resist lateral loads, and how core structures work in this context
  2. Comply the concept of limit state design and practice the corresponding design method
  3. Formulate the relationship between matrix analysis of structures, and operate relevant computer frame analysis packages
  4. Describe the concepts of lateral buckling of steel beams and identify the effective length of steel columns
  5. Distinguish moment connections and simple shear connections in steel structures, and design accordingly
  6. 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:

  7. Calculate earthquake, wind, dead and live loading on a building structure
  8. Sketch a load run-down for a multi-storey structure
  9. Analyse a simple structure by hand using the method of matrix structural analysis
  10. Analyse a simple structure using a computer frame analysis package
  11. Design steel beams, columns, beam-columns and moment connections
  12. Design simply supported steel-concrete composite beams and continuous steel-concrete composite slabs
  13. Design single column footings with consideration of different failure modes

    In terms of attitudes:

  14. Underline the diversity of issues that must be addressed in the design of building structures
  15. Assess limit states other than strength that may control structural design
  16. Recognise 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.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)