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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2018-19

"Steel Structures" is a compulsory subject from the fifth semester of the Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering. In order to reach a satisfactory level of achievement it is recommended that the students are already proficient with the following competences:

  • Analysis of geometric parameters of cross sections: baricentres, first and second moments of inertia.
  • Construction materials in civil engineering, more specifically, structural steel and its properties.
  • Analysis of statically determinate structures: simply supported beams, cantilevers and trusses.
  • Analysis of statically indeterminate structures: continuous beams and 2D frames.
  • Use of structural software for structural analysis (e.g. SAP2000 or similar), as well as programming with datasheets (e.g. Excel or similar).

The subject is organized in the following activities: seminars, group tutorials, computer aided sessions and laboratory sessions.



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

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT-10 : Capacity to confront, plan and solve real problems demanded by society in the field of engineering.
  • CT-11 : Capacity to learn and apply new concepts and methods in an autonomous and interdisciplinary fashion.
  • CT-12 : Capacity to assimilate and adapt to the permanent evolution of technology when developing one's professional career.
  • CT-14 : Capacity for self-criticism needed to analyse and improve the quality of projects.
  • CT-8 : Capacity to plan tasks and commit oneself to satisfying goals and deadlines.
  • CT-9 : Capacity for group work.


Specific Competences (Civil Branch)

  • CE-6 : Understand the behaviour of reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete and metal structures, and capacity to conceive, design, build and maintain these kinds of structures.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CB-3 : Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their field of study) to give opinions that include a reflection on important, social, scientific, ethical matters, etc.
  • 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

  • Applied knowledge of the technological properties and behaviour models of the materials and elements which are commonly used for the design and construction of steel structures.
  • Competence for understanding and application of the Spanish and European standards for the design and construction of steel structures.
  • Applied knowledge of the different structural analysis methods for steel structures according to the Spanish and European standards.
  • Competence for projecting, designing, building and conservating steel structures of moderate complexity.




Code: 33525
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