This unit is an introduction to structures and structural systems designed for students without a background in engineering. Concepts of structural principles will be discussed by drawing on examples in residential and low-rise construction. Various forms of structural systems for timber, reinforced concrete and steel construction will be investigated.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The tests focus on the individual student’s ability to demonstrate an understanding of the specialist body of knowledge within the built environment discipline and to apply established structural principles to some simple construction problems. The assignment may be undertaken by groups, and assesses the students’ ability to solve problems and to interact in a team situation.
Reading material and other resources will be made available on VU Collaborate.