July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
In professional practice, a necessary initial step to any structural engineering project is to establish loading criteria for the given conditions. Once this is established, an engineer is expected to have a fundamental understanding of how the structure responds or is designed to respond to these loadings. As such, architectural engineering programs have an obligation to teach the skill set of load determination, application, and analysis within their curriculum. Fortunately, most jurisdictions in the United States have adopted the International Building Code and thus ASCE 7 (American Society of Civil Engineering, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures). Based on this adoption, the ASCE 7 code is the natural choice to use for the determination of loadings within a course that focuses on the topic of structural loadings.
This paper describes the development of a required Structural Loadings class for undergraduate architectural engineering students. The class described aims to not only teach how to determine structural loading, but also to give an understanding of load application and load behavior within structural systems. Within the course, which is designed to be taken in the third year of a four and a half year bachelor’s degree program, students cover loading topics such as tributary area, framing layout, load distribution, structural diaphragms, and lateral systems. A literary search will be included to examine the research on this topic in similarly formatted courses. Additionally, it will describe how the course is integrated into the curriculum, will present the course outline and topics covered, and will discuss loading topics that were omitted in the interest to prioritize more essential knowledge. For assessment of the course, student survey feedback is used to evaluate the success of the teaching strategies for the initial offering of this course.
McCoy, C., & Phillips, J. J., & Ramming, C. H., & Guyer, C. (2021, July), Development of a Structural Loadings Course for Architectural Engineering Students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36963
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