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Structures Major


In the Structures Major you will complete advanced units of study in areas such as advanced structural analysis and structural behaviour with particular focus on steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete structures. Structural engineers take into account natural forces such as wind, waves and earthquakes and their effects when designing and planning for building. Certain stresses caused by the modern environment, including the traffic of both cars and people, also need to be considered. Innovative solutions to these problems are researched, developed and tested by structural engineers.

As a structural engineering graduate, you can specialise in one area of work, such as bridges and tunnels, buildings, or large constructions such as oil installations. Engineers who have both studied and taught at the University of Sydney were involved in the construction of major structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Aquatic Centre at Homebush Bay, and the Anzac Bridge in Sydney.

This major best aligns with the Civil stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Structures Major

Achievement of a major in Structures requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 and 2000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 4000-level interdisciplinary units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level or higher elective specialist unit

Units of Study

1000-level units of study
Core units
6    A HSC Mathematics Extension 1
N ENGG1802 OR AMME1802
Intensive January
Semester 2
2000-level units of study
Core units
Structural Mechanics
6    A From (CIVL1802 or AMME1802): students should be competent in the following areas. 1. The concept of force and momentum equilibrium in two and three dimensions. 2. Drawing free body diagrams. 3. Establishing and solving the equations of equilibrium from the FBD. 4. Setting out solutions logically, clearly and neatly. Students should be competent in certain mathematical skills. 1. Solving algebraic equations. 2. Differentiation and integration (including double integrals). 3. Drawing graphs of polynomials (especially) and other mathematical function. 4. Trigonometry.
P CIVL1802 OR AMME1802
N AMME2301
Semester 1
3000-level units of study
Core units
Structural Analysis
6    A CIVL2110 AND (CIVL2230 or CIVL1900) AND MATH2061
Semester 2
4000-level units of study
Project units
Thesis A
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.
N CIVL4203

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
It is expected that the Thesis will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of Thesis coordinator and School's Director of Learning and Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the Thesis coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Thesis B
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.
N CIVL4203

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1

Semester 1
Semester 2
Interdisciplinary units
Civil Engineering Design
6    A CIVL2410 AND CIVL3612 AND (CIVL4811 OR CIVL3811)
P (CIVL3205 and CIVL3206) OR CIVL4811
Semester 1
5000-level units of study
Elective specialist units
Steel Structures - Stability
6    A There are no prerequisites for this unit of study but it is assumed that students are competent in the content covered in Structural Mechanics, Steel Structures, and Structural Analysis.
Semester 1
Advanced Concrete Structures
6    P CIVL3205 OR CIVL9205
Semester 2
Structural Rehabilitation and Timber Design
6    A (CIVL2201 AND CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR (CIVL9201 AND CIVL9205 AND CIVL9206)
Semester 2
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
6      Semester 1
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A (CIVL2201 OR CIVL9201) AND (CIVL2611 OR CIVL9611) AND (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410)
Semester 1