TBA4125 - BM4 Design of Buildings and Structures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 70/100 4 hours D
Work (Part K) 15/100
Work (Part BA) 15/100

Course content

The course consists of four parts; design of 1) structural systems and of 2) building envelopes, 3) an introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) and 4) Building prosess. The lectures in these topics will be held sequentially. The following topics will be covered: - Regulations and standards. - Probabilistic framework for design calculations. - Loads and analysis of load effects. - Design principles, determination of construction materials. - Structural behaviour and selection of load bearing systems. - Functional and performance requirements for design of building envelopes. - Selection of materials for building detailing. - Building envelopes; construction principles and detailing. - Fire safety and design. - Introduction to sound and installations in buildings. - Construction drawings and detailing. - Construction planning and construction methods. - Facility management. - Building process, project life cycle, organizing and contracts.

Learning outcome

The course provides an introduction in design work for buildings and building structures based on the theory of safety, and on the common requirements of the public to the reliability, functionality and sustainability of buildings. After completing the course the students should have obtained the following learning outcomes:


  • Knowledge about safety and function of loadbearing structures.
  • Knowledge of loads, load effects and choice of loadbearing structures.
  • Knowledge of climatic conditions as a basis for the choice of materials and building design.
  • Knowledge of the building envelope, principles of construction and building details.
  • Knowledge of fire safety design and facility management.
  • Knowledge about building process.


  • Be able to analyze the function of the loadbearing structures and the building envelope
  • Be able to develop and quality assure relevant solutions for the loadbearing structures and the building envelope
  • Be able to communicate by use of drawings, and to have obtained basic skills in computer aided design (CAD).

General competence:

  • Have obtained ability to analyze critically the design and material use in building assemblies.
  • Be able to cooperate and contribute to interdisciplinary interaction.
  • Developed ability to understand drawings of buildings and building assemblies.
  • Understand and use basic terms in building processes.

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught through traditional lectures as well as through project based learning in teams, and traditional exercises. This course is a result of cooperation between several departments of the Faculty.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Part assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The parts includes a final written digital exam under supervision (weighted 70%) and projects works (weighted 30%). The results for each part is given a letter grade, and the final grade is calculated according to the given weighting. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. All parts of the assessment must be passed in order to get a passing grade for the whole course.

Course materials

Will be given at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB3010 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 70/100 D 2024-05-29 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 45
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 70
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 45
Spring ORD Work (Part BA) 15/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work (Part K) 15/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 70/100 D 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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