CIVILENG 3003 - Structural Steel Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the iterative nature of design and the fundamental principles on which the analyses are based. The course covers the design and analysis of a steel frame structure for local and global buckling as well as material failure. Wherever possible, analyses are based on fundamental principles which are globally relevant and are assessed through quizzes and/or exams. The course also attempts to develop the students' ability as an engineer and problem solver and which is assessed through the submission of a practical report. Topics are taken from: steel beams; steel columns; design of bolted and welded connections and beam-columns.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CIVILENG 3003
    Course Structural Steel Design
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CEME 2001 or CIVILENG 2001 or C&ENVENG 2025
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment May include assignments, practical report, final exam and quizzes - details at the beginning of Semester
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mohamed Ali Sadakkathulla

    Office: Engineering North N234
    School of Architecture and Civil Engineeing
    Phone: +61-8-83133968
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Calculate the acceptable design loading for steel beams and columns using AS1100 and AS4100
    2 Descriptive formula and code based understanding of the steel design fundamentals
    3 Explain steel design and analysis through lab practicals and design assignments
    4 Analyse and design simple steel girders for flexure and buckling
    5 Analyse and design simple steel girders for shear
    6 Analyse and design bolted and steel connections
    7 Analyse beam-columns and frames
    8 Understand the fundamental behaviour of steel-concrete composite girders
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    B B C C C B C B A A A A
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Australian Standards will be referred to at various points throughout the course
    AS 4100 Steel structures ;These are available through the library at: 
    Recommended Resources
    Text Book: Steel Designer’s Handbook, B. Gorencr, R. Tinyou and A. Syam
    Online Learning
    1. Lecture slides and lecture recordings (Echo360) in MyUni

    2. Softcopies of standards and textbooks available from Library
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Module 1: Basic design of steel beams
    Module 2: Design of Bending Members (Beams) – Local Buckling
    Module 3: Design of Bending Members (Beams) – Global Buckling
    Module 4: Design of Axially Loaded Columns Based on Local and Global Buckling
    Module 5: Design of Beam-Columns
    Module 6: Design of Stiffened and Unstiffened Webs of Beams for Shear
    Module 7: Design of Connections –Simple Bolted and Welded Joints; Analysis; Introduction and Design of Tension Members
    Module 8: Design of Steel Concrete Composite Beams and Slabs

    Note: The above 8 modules form the syllabus for final examination, irrespective of whether any home assignment problems are given from these modules or not.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    A note on workload

    •The universities policy is for every hour of classes you should be spending 3 hours of external study

    •At some points during the course you will likely to need to put in the full 12 hours independent study.

    •Third year is the biggest test in your UG studies.
    Learning Activities Summary


    Listen to

    Assessment due by


    Steel-concrete composite beams;

    process data & analysis work

    Work on prac report with your group


    Continue Work on prac report with your group



    Finalise your report for submission

    Steel Lab report due- 23/10/22


    Final exam revision workshops & consulting

    13 (SWOT WEEK)

    Final exam consulting with lecturer/tutors

    End of Semester Exams Period

    Date, time, venue (To be advised by University) of final exam (3 hours duration)


    Access Adelaide

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due* Weighting Learning Outcome
    Quiz Formative & Summative 10% 1 - 6
    Homework Assignments Formative & Summative 10% 1 - 8
    Group Practical Report Formative & Summative 20% 1 - 5
    Exam Summative Exam period 60% 1 - 8
    * The specific due date and time for each assessment task will be published via MyUni during the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Hurdle requirement: you must score at least 40% of the total marks alloted for the exam to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Examination – 60%
    This is a 3 hour exam.

     quiz - 10%

    Homework assignments – 10%
    A total of five homework assignments will be given. The problems will be uploaded on MyUni and you will get a week to solve them. Please follow the submission mode and due date and time mentioned in the assignment problem file. Late submission will incur a deduction of 10% marks for every day of delay in submission.

    Group Practical report– 20%
    These reports will be conducted by groups of four. Submit by the deadline given. Late submission will incur a deduction of 20% marks for every day of delay in submission.
    All assignments and practical report are online submission  (single PDF file only).

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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