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SDCM71-316: Structures and Soil Mechanics


This subject provides students from non-engineering backgrounds with a basic understanding of building structures and soil mechanics. Fundamental concepts of structural engineering such as calculation of forces and reactions, resolution of forces in frames, bending moments and shear forces are introduced. Structural connections are detailed. Different ground conditions are identified and the characteristics of various foundation materials are examined. The design and adequacy of various footing systems in different materials are investigated.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,890
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,070

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the loads that impact on structures and be able to do simple calculations to show how these are resisted by structural elements.
2. Understand the properties of different  foundation materials and be able to design simple footings and retaining walls to suit.
3. Understand the basis of the structural design of concrete, steel and timber elements and be able to do simple calculations relating to the design of such elements.
4. Understand how trusses perform and be able to perform basic calculations to discover the forces within truss elements.
5. Be able to determine bracing requirements for residential buildings.
6. Understand how multi-storey buildings behave structurally.
7. Have some knowledge of the structural behaviour of other materials such as glass, bricks and prestressed concrete.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start21/01/2019
Cancellation 1?02/02/2019
Cancellation 2?05/02/2019
Last enrolment31/01/2019
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2019
Withdraw – Academic?28/02/2019
Teaching census?12/02/2019
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start03/06/2019
Cancellation 1?14/06/2019
Cancellation 2?16/06/2019
Last enrolment12/06/2019
Withdraw – Financial?24/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?07/07/2019
Teaching census?23/06/2019
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start16/09/2019
Cancellation 1?29/09/2019
Cancellation 2?02/10/2019
Last enrolment27/09/2019
Withdraw – Financial?11/10/2019
Withdraw – Academic?27/10/2019
Teaching census?10/10/2019