Introduction to Structural Design


This class aims at providing students with a solid background on principles of structural engineering design. The course begins with coverage of the fundamental structural components used in design including columns, trusses and beams. Students will be exposed to the theories and concepts of both concrete and steel design and analysis both at the element and system levels. Students will learn to use load calculations and safety aspects in validating designs. Hands-on design experience and skills will be gained and learned through problem sets design projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Describe the various structural elements used in design
  • Choose appropriate structural elements like columns, beams and trusses
  • Calculate load on the components of civil structures like buildings and bridges
  • Validate civil structural designs by performing load calculations
  • Understand the role of the foundation in providing stability to civil structures
  • Calculate the bearing capacity of foundations