Course syllabus

Structural Engineering

VBKF10, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written short exams as well as assignments and(mandatory) participation at seminars.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Assignments Contents: All course content
Code: 0218. Name: Short Exam 1.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam Contents: Course content from first part of the course
Code: 0318. Name: Short Exam 2.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam Contents: Course content from second part of the course


Required prior knowledge: VSMA15 Mechanics, basic course, VBMA25 Building Materials, VBFA05 Building Technology
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VBK013, VSMA05

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Eva Frühwald Hansson,
Course coordinator: Miklos Molnar,
Further information: Course homepage at All registered students have access to the course homepage. Short information available at