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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2018-19

This subject belongs to the first year of the Degree in Civil Engineering and it is taught during the second semester.

In this course the necessary tools to start with the design of structures are studied. These tools are essential for tracking the subjects 33510 and 33515 (Design of structures I and II). In addition, students will be able to solve some particular types of structures.


To successfully address the subject, it is essential to have a thorough knowledge and agility in trigonometry and mathematics.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG-4 : Understand and master the basic concepts of the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism and their application in solving engineering problems.


Specific Competences (Civil Branch)

  • CE-4 : Capacity to analyse and understand how the characteristics of structures affect their behaviour. Capacity to apply knowledge of the resistant working of structures to size them.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CB-1 : Students should show they possess and understand knowledge in a field of study that continues from general secondary education and is usually found at a level which, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes certain aspects that involve knowledge arising from the cutting edge of their field of study.
  • CB-2 : Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional manner and should have those skills that are usually reflected when preparing and defending arguments and solving problems in their field of study.
  • CB-5 : Students should have developed the necessary learning skills to undertake later studies with a high level of autonomy.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2018-19

To know and to understand the basic concepts about vector calculus.
To know and to understand the concepts of analytic and graphic statics
To know and to understand the basic concepts about geometry and trigonometric and their application to structural elements
To know and to understand the different types of loads, supports, connections and the behavior of rigid bodies and cables
To know and to understand the calculation methods to obtain the forces in members of trusses and the internal forces in statically determined structures.
To know and to understand the equations that govern the kinematic and dynamic behavior of bodies in a plane movement
To know and to understand the equations that govern the behavior of colliding bodies and their vibrations.




Code: 33506
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught