Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


1) Understanding of the structural behavior of solid timber and engineered wood products
2) Understanding the principles for the design of beam type elements (cross-sections subjected to stresses, stability of members, serviceability limits, re exposure)
3) Understanding the principles for the design of connections with metal type fasteners
4) Ability to design standard beam type elements
5) Ability to design connections with metal type fasteners

Credits: 5

Schedule: 19.04.2021 - 02.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Gerhard Fink

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Gerhard Fink

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1) Wood as a building material (including mechanic properties, timber grading, engineered wood products)
    2) Basis of the design (including variability of the material properties, durability, moisture).
    3) Ultimate limit state design of cross-sections
    4) Stability
    5) Connections with metal type fasteners: Type of connections, principles of the design
    6) Serviceability limit state design

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Home assignments (25%) and a written examination (75%).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Lectures: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    - In-class exercises: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    - Preparation for lecture and in-class exercise: 24 h
    - Home Assignments: 35 h
    - Individual work: 25 h (Preparation for examination, etc.)
    - Exam: 3 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Presented during the first lecture.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic knowledge in structural mechanics.

    Students from with limited knowledge in structural mechanics who are interested in this course: please contact the teacher in charge.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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