Course syllabus

Structural Engineering

VBKF15, 9.0 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

Main field: Technology Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory 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 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, timber, concrete and masonry structures.

Design of structural elements subjected to bending moment, axial load, bending moment and axial load, shear force, service loads. Design of constructive details.

The course includes elements that provide training in presentation techniques and CAD.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: One written short exam and graded design and laboratory assignments. The laboratory assignment is carried out in groups of maximum four persons. The laboratory assignment is graded and must get the grade "pass" to receive final grade for the course. The design assignment is carried out in groups of maximum three persons. It includes design of the load bearing structure for a hall building, presented in a report and drawings. The design assignment is graded and must get the grade "pass" to receive final grade for the course. The final grade in the course is based on the results of the written short exam and the graded assignments.

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: 0121. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 3.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Two written reports. The module includes: Report 1: Laboratory task report containing problem formulation, materials and test- set-up, results, analyses, conclusions. The report must contain explanatory drawings and diagrams. Report 2: Design of the structural system of a low rise building (including drawings and explanations). For the 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.
Code: 0221. Name: Short Written Exam.
Credits: 6.0. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5). Assessment: Short written exam. The module includes: Complete course content.


Assumed prior knowledge: VBM012 Building Materials OR VBMA30 Building Materials AND VSMA05 Structural Mechanics OR VSMA06 Structural Mechanics OR FME602 Structural Mechanics OR VSMA20 Structural Mechanics
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: VBK012 VSM140 VSM611 VSMF10 VBKF10 VBK013

Reading list


Course coordinator: Ivar Björnsson,
Course coordinator: Jonas Niklewski,
Course homepage:

Further information

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