Course syllabus

Structural Engineering

VBKF10, 6.0 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2024-04-17
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory 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 exam as well as graded assignments. The final grade in the course is based on the results of the written short exam and the graded assigment.

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: 0119. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 1.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Assignments The module includes: All course content
Code: 0219. Name: Short Exam.
Credits: 5.0. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5). Assessment: Written exam The module includes: All course content
Code: 0319. Name: CAD.
Credits: 0.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Approved


Assumed prior knowledge: VSMA15 Mechanics, basic course, VBMA25 Building Materials, VBFA05 Building Technology
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: VBK013 VSMA05

Reading list


Course coordinator: Eva Frühwald Hansson,

Further information

Course homepage at All registered students have access to the course homepage. Short information available at