BYGA2101 - Structural Engineering


New from the academic year 2024/2025

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Strength of materials from mechanics. Shear stresses in beam sections. Plane stress, stress transformation and principal stresses. Yield criteria. Buckling of columns.

Structural engineering. Load carrying system design. Introduction to loads and load combinations. Design of beams and columns in concrete or steel. Laboratory works in concrete material.

Learning outcome


The candidate shall:

  • be able to explain how forces and loads affect structures
  • have good knowledge of the basic connection between mechanics and construction theory
  • determine stresses from shear force and torsion in beams
  • know what a yield criterion is
  • define and know what buckling is
  • know how forces are transferred in structures
  • explain how structures are braced
  • define loads and load combinations for simple building structures
  • knowledge to calculate capacity of simple beams and columns in steel


The candidate should be able to:

  • apply his/her knowledge of mechanics and construction
  • calculate shear stresses in beams
  • determine stresses in plane stress, transform stresses and calculate principal stresses
  • use Mise's yield criterion to calculate when yielding occurs in a structure
  • calculate elastic buckling load for columns
  • explain the load-bearing effect and bracing systems in typical building structures
  • calculate loads on simple structures. Self weight, live load, wind load and snow load.
  • assemble loads into load combinations
  • design simple beams and columns in steel.

General competence

The candidate must:

  • have a good understanding of the connection between the basic theory and the practical application of the subject
  • have a basic understanding of structural engineering
  • have an understanding of basic problems in mechanics and design theory and be able to communicate these to others in their own field
  • have an understanding of the connection between external stresses on a structure and the response of the structure
  • be able to analyze and solve construction problems, within the framework of the curriculum of the course

Digital competence: Qualified use of computer programs. Analysis, interpretation of results. Data editing

Sustainability competence: The course helps to provide students with the necessary foundation to design safe, economical and sustainable structures.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments and academic supervisions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise
  • Laboratory exercise

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering - Engineering (BIBYGG)

Course materials

Kolbein Bell: Konstruksjonsmekanikk - Del 2: Fasthetslære.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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