CIV2225 - Design of steel and timber structures - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Prof Xiao-Ling Zhao (Clayton)
Dr Daniel Kong (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit introduces the design of steel and timber framed structures in accordance with the design codes. It enables the students to understand the process for the design of steel and timber structures and the background knowledge which leads to the development of the current steel and timber design codes. Students will understand the behaviour of steel and timber structural components under realistic design conditions and relate the knowledge of design to practical design problems in a project-based learning environment.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Determine dead and live loading on a building structure.
  2. Construct a model steel structure and predict its capacity in a team environment.
  3. Describe the properties of steel sections relevant to engineering design for strength.
  4. Determine steel and timber members considering strength and serviceability needs.
  5. Determine steel and timber joints for strength requirements.
  6. Identify issues related to timber durability following industry practice.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

Three hours of lectures, two hours of practice classes and seven hours of private study per week

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