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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to develop students' ability to apply fundamental knowledge and analysis methods for structural steel design based on Australian Standards such as AS1170 and AS4100. The topics covered include load calculations, design of tension member, design of compression member, design of bending member, design of combined actions, design of connections and fatigue design, etc. Students who pass the unit have opportunities to work in areas such as analysis and design, construction and management of steel structures. This is an introduction to the design of structural elements through the principles of limit states design. The unit includes the assessment of loads and load combinations, the assemblage of members to resist those loads and the design of individual members within an assemblage. Principal structural members are designed to resist tension, compression, bending and combinations of tension and compression with bending. Connections are a combination of both welded and bolted systems. Fatigue design of structural elements is also included. The main objectives of the unit are to develop students' ability to analyse structural loads and structural members and apply the results of these analyses to practical steel structure design.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss the design principles of structural steel; (2) write clear and concise technical reports that demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (3) simplify a practical steel structure in a design; (4) perform an economical steel structure design; (5) use AS1170 for load calculations; (6) design structural steel elements conforming to AS4100; and (7) conduct detailed plate girder design and quantify fatigue load effect.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Farhad Aslani
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering Specialisation)
Advisable prior study
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
practical classes: 24 hours

Gorenc, B., Tinyou, R. and Syam, A. Steel Designers' Handbook, 7th edn: University of New South Wales Press Ltd 2005

Australian Standards AS4100

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.