# Applied Studies (APST) 240

## Introduction to Structures (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

APST 240: Introduction to Structures is intended for students enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. For those students interested in pursuing a career as a registered architect, this course also contributes to the RAIC Syllabus Diploma.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: Basic trigonometry and algebra is recommended

Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

This course is not available for challenge.

Credit may be transferred for previous work considered equivalent.

## Overview

APST 240: Introduction to Structures introduces theories of statics and the strengths of various construction materials. Qualitative and quantitative analyses demonstrate the reaction of building elements to external forces and are instrumental in determining the design of structural members and assemblies. Throughout this course the relationships between architectural design and structural design in the generation of expressive form is discussed.

APST 240 focuses on the most common building materials now in use: steel, timber, and concrete.

## Course Outline

PART 1 Statics

• Unit 1 An Overview of Structures
• Unit 2 The Science of Bodies that Remain in Equilibrium
• Unit 3 Force Systems
• Unit 4 Introduction to Structural System Analysis

Part 2 Characteristics of Materials

• Unit 6 Stress, Strain, and Properties of Materials

Part 3 Analysis and Design Of Structural Members

• Unit 7 Shear, Bending, and Moment Forces in Simple Beams
• Unit 8 Flexure and Shearing Stresses
• Unit 9 Deflection and Indeterminate Beams
• Unit 11 Column Analysis and Design
• Unit 12 Trusses: Determinate Systems Analysis

## Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

1. Illustrate the reactions of typical structural building components when forces are applied.
2. Calculate the forces acting on, and reactions to, determinant structural systems and assemblies.
3. Analyze load distributions in structural assemblies.
4. Design structural members based on the analysis of loading, internal stress, and the strength of materials.
5. Relate the expressive potential of structural components and systems to architectural design.

## Evaluation

Your work in this course will be evaluated based on 3 assignments and the final examination. However, assignment 3 is broken into three parts that is to be submitted separately with each part weighted 10% of the final grade.

The final examination will cover the entire course and is worth 40% of your final grade. The minimum passing mark for the final exam is 50%.

A final course grade of 67% or higher is required to pass the course.

Grading information is summarized in the table below.

Assignment Units Covered Portion of Total Grade
Assignment 1 1-4 20%
Assignment 2 5-6 10%
Assignment 3
Assignment 3a 7-8 10%
Assignment 3b 9-10 10%
Assignment 3c 11-12 10%
Final Exam all 40%

Note: Students who wish to be certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board must achieve and maintain a final grade point average of 2.3 or greater.

## Course Materials

### Textbooks

Shaeffer, R.E. (2007.) Elementary Structures for Architects and Builders, 5th ed. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.