NJIT – College of Architecture & Design

Course Syllabus


Structures II                           Faculty: Rima Taher, PhD, PE, Senior University Lecturer

Arch 329 –Summer II 2013   Prerequisite: Structures I (Arch 229)


NAAB Criteria: A1, A2, A3, A5, A7, A11, B9, B12, C1, C3, C7, C9


Undergraduate course - Lecture format – 3 credits – Meets 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm– Location: Weston Hall II.



This course introduces the students to the basic principles of structural analysis and design using traditional structural materials such as steel, reinforced concrete and wood. It uses a practical and simplified approach combined with computerized methods of analysis and design to teach students how to make some basic structural decisions regarding their designs. The course also outlines the principles of lateral stability in high-rise construction, and uses examples of tall buildings to illustrate these concepts. The various types of foundation systems and retaining walls are also covered. The outlined design methods and computerized applications are based on the latest codes and standards.



Students will learn how to structurally design simple structural elements such as beams and columns. They will first learn how to layout a typical floor or roof framing and use some established rules of thumb for the selection of structural members. In a second phase, students will be introduced to some analytical methods to help them prove their design decisions beyond the general rules of thumb. Some practical assignments and exercises will be used to illustrate the design process, along with a main project. The project will relate to the design of a typical steel building. The computer programs Revit 2013 and StruCalc 8.0 will be used in the project.


·         Course Requirements


Students are expected to take a test, a mid-term examination and a final examination, in addition to some homework assignments and a main project.

Students are required to upload their assignment files in PDF format to Moodle by the posted due date. No late assignments will be permitted. Only uploaded files are accepted. Students are not to e-mail the homework files to the instructor. All assignments will be graded. Grades and comments will be posted on Moodle.

Tests and exams will be given in class and will generally consist of two parts: a closed-book part with questions to answer, and an open-book part with a few problems to solve. Students can use their textbook and their notes for the open-book part. The use of electronic devices will not be permitted during the tests. Only a basic scientific non-communicating calculator will be allowed. All students are expected to take the tests at the scheduled dates and times. Make-up tests will not be given without a valid reason and the related proper paperwork documentation. Attendance is mandatory. The instructor can lower the student’s grade based on the attendance record.

The computer programs used in this course are installed on the university network at the main NJIT computing facility. Students are expected to maintain their academic computing account and password in good working order throughout the summer session.

The NJIT-Honor Code will be upheld, and any violations will be brought to the immediate attention of the Dean of Students.


·         Grading Criteria


Test 1: 20% - Tentative date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mid-Term Examination: 25% - Tentative Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Assignments: 5% - Due dates to be announced and will be posted on Moodle.

Project: 20% - Due date to be announced.

Final Examination: 30% - On the last day of Summer II, Thursday, August 8, 2013.



Instructor, Rima Taher, will be available for counseling by appointment. Office number: Weston 521.


·         Instructor’s E-mail Address


E-mail: taher@njit.edu


·         Instructor’s Websites






Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders, 11th Edition, by James Ambrose and Patrick Tripeny, Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN # 978-0-470-43627-1



1.      Structural Design – A Practical Guide for Architects, by Rod Underwood and Michele Chiuini, 2nd Edition, John Wiley $ Sons

  1. Design of Wood Structures, by Donald Breyer, McGraw Hill, 6th Edition.
  2. Structural Steel Design, 5th Edition, by Jack C. McCormac, Pearson, Prentice Hall
  3. Manual of Steel Construction, 14th Edition, by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  4. The Architect Studio Companion – Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design, by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano, Wiley & Sons
  5. Shaping Structures – Statics, by Waclaw Zalewski and Edward Allen, Wiley & Sons



  1. The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) published by ICC, International Code Council.
  2. Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 7-2010, by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  3. The 2010-AISC Specification and the 14th Edition of the Manual of Steel Construction by AISC, American Institute of Steel Construction.
  4. National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS), 2012, by the American Forest and Paper Association, American Wood Council.
  5. Minimum Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, ACI 318-2011, by the American Concrete Institute.



Week 1                        7/8 to 7/12


Introduction, Loads, Codes and Standards, Structural Analysis: Support Reactions, Shear and Bending Moment, Truss Analysis


Week 2                        7/15 to 7/19


Selection of Loads and Load Combinations According to the IBC and ASCE -7

Introduction to Lateral Loads: Wind and Earthquake Force

Lateral Stability in High-Rise Construction, Basic Structural Systems Used in High-Rise Construction, Examples of Steel and Concrete High-Rises

Steel Structures: Structural Steels, Properties, Structural Shapes, Steel Systems and Rules of Thumb, Basic Steel Framing Plans


Test 1: July 17


Week 3                        7/22 to 7/26


Steel Beam Design: Bending, Shear and Deflection

Lateral Stability of Beams, Design Examples

Steel Columns: Column Behavior, Column Shapes, Column Buckling and Slenderness Ratio, Axially Loaded Columns, Eccentrically Loaded Columns, Design of Axially Loaded Columns, Design Examples


Mid-Term Exam: July 24


Week 4                        7/29 to 8/2


Design of Open-Web Joists, Examples

Metal Decks, Steel Connections and Connection Details: Bolted Connections, Welded Connections, Flexible Connections, Rigid Connections


Project Assigned – Class Held at the PC Lab on 7/29 and 8/1

Computerized Design of a Typical Steel Building Using Revit 2013 and StruCalc 8.0


Week 5                        8/5 to 8/8


Wood Structures: Wood Buildings & Design Criteria, Lumber and Lumber Grades, glulam,

Engineered Wood Products, Simplified Design of Wood Beams

Reinforced Concrete Structures, Materials for Reinforced Concrete, Main ACI-Code

Requirements, Rules of Thumb

Foundation Systems: Soil Properties and Soil Classification System, Soil Investigations, Borings and Test Pits, Soil Bearing Capacities, Spread Footings, Piles and Types of Piles, Simple Design Examples of Footings and Piles

Retaining Walls: Types (Gravity, Cantilever and Counterfort Walls), Wall Equilibrium and Safety Factors, Common Types of Wall Failures by Sliding, Overturning and Breaking


Final Exam: August 8 (Last Day of Summer II)