Course syllabus

Structural Engineering, Basic Course

VBK013, 9 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: V2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course will give the student insight and understanding of the requirements put on load-bearing elements. After completion of the course the student will be able to analyse and design basic structural elements and understand the function of a load-bearing elements in a building.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Design principles, partial coefficient methods, load configuration including fire, structural elements, stability of structural systems, steel structures, concrete structures and timber structures.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: One written examination and design assignments.

Code: 0108. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: Complete course content
Code: 0208. Name: Exercises.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Two written reports. Contents: Report 1: design of a bridge structure. Report 2: Design of structural system of a building (including drawings and explanations). For written assignments, not only the correctness of calculations and results is assessed, but also the quality of the presentation, i.e. structure and descriptive texts of the report.


Required prior knowledge: VBM012 Building Materials and VSMA05 Structural Mechanics or FME602 Structural Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VBK012, VSM140, VSM611, VSMF10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Director of studies: Eva Frühwald Hansson,
Course coordinator: Oskar Larsson,
Course coordinator: Ivar Björnsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The first assignment is carried out in groups of maximum two persons and must be graded "pass" to receive final grade for the course. The second assignment is carried out in groups of maximum two persons. It includes design of a load bearing structure for a hall building, presented in a report and drawings. The assignment is graded and has to be finished and handed in to receive final grade for the course.