BYVE3200 Design of Steel and Timber Structures Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Stål- og trekonstruksjoner
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - bygg
Year of study
FALL 2022
Course history


The subject includes design of beams, columns and composite bearing elements of timber and steel in ultimate limit state, serviceability limit state and accidental limit state. The item includes welding joints, fasteners as bolts, nails, screws and timber connectors. The course will provide an understanding of the load effects, material properties and use of information given in other standards.Tests of rupture and shear strength on simple wooden samples. The subject is based on BYPE1600 Mechanics and BYTS2100 Building Materials and Concrete Design.

Required preliminary courses

No requirements over and above the admission requirements.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

  • is familiar with the common design models for structural elements and simple and complex structures of steel and wood
  • is familiar with design methods described in Eurocode 3 and Eurocode 5


The student is capable of:

  • using mechanics of materials and dimensioning methods to dimension load-bearing structural elements and joints in structures made of varying combinations of wood and steel

General competence

The student:

  • Has a general understanding of the theoretical basis of Eurocode 3 and 5.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and supervised exercise assignments.

Course requirements

The following coursework is compulsory and must be approved before the student can take the exam:

  • 4 of 6 compulsory practical exercises


Individual written exam, 3 hours

The result of the exam can be appealed.

Any resit or rescheduled exam may take the form of an oral exam. If oral exams are used for resits and rescheduled exams, the exam results cannot be appealed.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

Allowed Equipment and documents: All printed and written documents.A handheld calculator that cannot be used for wireless communication or to perform symbolic calculations. If the calculator's internal memory can store data, the memory must be deleted before the exam. Inspection can be made. Pre-approved dictionary. Equipments for writing and drawing. There are no attachments to the exam, Candidates must bring all necessary standards, tables etc. for the exam. 

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F.


One internal examiner. External examiners are used regularly.

Course contact person

Katalin Vertes