Course syllabus

Structural Engineering

VBKF10, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Compulsory for: BI2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course provides an introduction to building mechanics and structural engineering, with focus on the structural systems that are common in buildings. The student should gain insight and understanding for the requirements of structures in relation to load-bearing capacity, serviceability, and other design criteria. The student should after this course be able to analyze and design simple load-bearing structures and structural elements and understand how a building works with regard to all the different demands placed on it. The course is intended for students in the fire engineering programme and is in preparation for a course in "Fire protection systems" where structural systems will be designed for the case of fire.

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



As part of the course, some training in presentation techniques and CAD is provided.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam and quizzes as well as assignments and(mandatory) participation at seminars

Code: 0116. Name: Written Examination and Quizzes.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam and written quizzes Contents: All course content
Code: 0216. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Assignments Contents: All course content


Required prior knowledge: VSMA15 Mechanics, basic course, VBMA25 Building Materials, VBFA05 Building Technology
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ivar Björnsson,
Course coordinator: Eva Frühwald Hansson,
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