Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CMET 236
Course Title:
Structural Design
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Course Description

Introduces design of steel, wood, and reinforced concrete structures with emphasis on steel buildings. Covers beam and column design along with bolted and welded connections. Prerequisites: CMET 121, 122, 123; WR 115. Recommended: CMET 131. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of mechanics (Statics and Strength of Materials) to the analysis and design of structural members.
  2.  Determine design gravity loadings for specific members in building-type structures, given loads on a per-square-foot basis.
  3. Prepare neat, concise analysis and design calculations for structural members and connections.
  4. Apply specific, detailed building code requirements to the analysis and design of steel structural members and connections.
  5. Describe how specific building code requirements for one material (steel) may be very similar to and facilitate understanding of building code requirements for a different material (wood).
  6. Describe the basic components and structural functioning of reinforced concrete, including the added importance of construction monitoring for this unique structural material.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Individual, small group, and full class discussions, homework problems, and exams may be used to assess outcomes.
  2. Specific evaluation procedures will be defined during the first week of class. In general, grading will depend on homework and written examinations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Structural design is of a life-and-death nature, and, therefore, the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards in the performance of this work is critical.
  2. Building codes are a detailed description of how basic engineering principles are to be applied to specific design problems.
  3. Prepared calculations are legal documents and must be legible and understandable by others.
  4. Application of previously learned engineering principles to "real world" engineering design problems.