CIV3221 - Building structures and technology - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Yu Bai (Clayton)
Dr Kong Sih Ying (Malaysia - Semester 1)
Dr Daniel Kong (Malaysia - Semester 2)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CIV2206 and CIV2225


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. Appropriate structural analysis manual techniques for the determination of forces and displacements in structures. Relationship between frame analysis software and these manual techniques. Emphasis on performance issues for buildings, which are not related to strength and deflection.


  1. Describe and apply the limit state design philosophy to calculate loads appropriate to each limit state.
  2. Determine the global structural behaviour of building frames, identifying the role of each component.
  3. Analyse structural behaviour using a combination of computer and hand analysis approaches.
  4. Design the members and connections for composite floor steel-framed building structures.
  5. Generate a high-quality technical report as part of a group to summarise the design of a building structure.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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

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

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