Theory of Structures III

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theory of Structures III

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    1 - 2
  • Overview

    This course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts of load, equilibrium, bending, shear, compression, tension and torsional forces and stresses. Students will understand and be able to produce various structural concepts of horizontal spanning elements and vertical elements pertaining to buildings, at and beyond residential scale. The concepts will show how the structure carries the loads (in all three directions) and how it connects to the vertical structure. The course also provides an introduction to structural materials. Vector and other relevant force diagrams are used to argue the form and material. Structural elements include roofs, suspended floors and beams and their various evolutions. Fixed and pinned connections are introduced and arches are developed into vaults and domes.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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