Knowledge and ability to understand:
At the end of the course, the student must have acquired the basic notions for understanding the static behavior of structures. More in detail, the student should be able to distinguish between various types of structural elements and their functions, define their static scheme, choose between different building materials and assess their compliance with project specifications, know the various types of actions on buildings and perform the design of simple structural elements. The knowledge acquired from the structural point of view will allow the student to actively collaborate in the processes of design and construction of buildings.
At the end of the course, the student must have developed the ability to understand and identify the main structural design issues related to buildings made with different materials and technologies. The student must be able to draw up technical reports and produce/understand correctly technical drawings, according to current regulations. The student must also have acquired basic skills regarding acceptance tests of building materials.
Autonomy of judgement:
At the end of the course, the student will have developed the ability to identify, formulate and solve basic problems related to the design and construction of new buildings, to establish the degree of compliance of materials with project specifications, to correctly understand executive drawings. The autonomy of judgement is mainly developed through classroom exercises, organized seminars, realization of small structural models, drafting and/ or analysis of project works.
During the course, students must refine their language skills, with specific reference to the technical terminology of the course, in order to communicate their project effectively and accurately to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Materials and techniques in the construction sector are subjected to continuous and rapid innovation. Therefore, the student should be able to constantly update his/her knowledge in relation to the evolution of regulations and products in the construction sector. In this way, he/she will acquire the ability, once the problem to be solved has been identified, to select the most suitable intervention, by also evaluating options not necessarily exposed during the course.