TBA4125 - BM4 Design of Buildings and Structures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours D

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 training will follow the principles for Problem Based Learning with preparation of project works by students organized in groups. This course is a result of cooperation between several departments of the Faculty.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises and Work Projects

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (70%) and exercises (30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 D
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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