This course is an introduction to analyzing the behavior of basic structures through quantitative methods of conventional structural analysis and design. It functions as an applied statics course and emphasizes schematic calculations for the design of components and connections of various structural systems. In addition, essential design criteria and assembly techniques of the building envelope and its relationship to the overall structural system will be explored.
The analysis aspects of this course will examine the structural behavior and application of support members and columns in timber, steel, reinforced concrete, and masonry. Throughout the course, the student will be required to make assessments in the areas of material, form, and fabrication.
The primary objective of the course is to provide the student with the ability to use methods and analyses, along with rules of thumb and present day conventions, to determine the preliminary sizing and evaluation of a total structural system. Consequently, the student will learn to make a judgment on which structural systems and envelope assemblies are appropriate and applicable to a specific design solution.