MG5032 – Basic Structures

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Module code
Module title
Basic Structures
To enable students to analyse structural elements and simple structures, and to design simple beams.
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Evaluate the range of common structural loadings and their effect on structures.
Calculate stresses caused by axial forces, shear forces and bending moments.
Analyse simple structural elements and structures
Determine the loads on, and design statically determinate steel and timber beams
Analyse simple foundations for structures
Structural loadings and effects
Direct stress and strain, elastic behaviour and characteristics
Analysis of statically determinate beams, pin-jointed trusses, columns
Design simple steel and timber beam
Introduce (without calculation) the basic reasons for choosing a particular foundation type (range: pads, strips, rafts, piles)
Determine sizing for simple foundation elements (pads, strips) based on given soils data
Assessment Criteria
Assessment 1 Test 20
Assessment 2 Laboratory 30
Assessment 3 Examination 50