NJSOA Course Syllabus
Faculty: Rima Taher, Ph.D., Special Lecturer
Arch 282-002 Spring 2006
Prerequisites: Physics II
NAAB Objectives: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,12,13,18,21,23,24,33.
Type of Course:
Undergraduate course – Lecture format – 3 credits – Meets twice a week on Tuesday and Friday from
1:00 to 2:25 pm – Location: ATC 1100 on Tuesday and Weston Hall I on Friday.
The course starts with a brief introduction to the fundamental principles of Statics and Strength of
The criteria for the selection of a structural system are then discussed, and the different
types of traditional structural systems are covered illustrated by some famous examples of buildings
The objectives of this course is to learn:
The basics of Statics and the concept of equilibrium of structures.
How to select the proper structural system for a building.
The properties of the traditional structural materials such as: steel, wood and concrete,
and how these materials are generally used.
The different structural elements and components that are typically used for long-span
versus short span structures, and systems used in high-rise versus low-rise buildings.
The different types of complex roofs and how these roofs are structurally supported. This
includes domes, geodesic domes, cable roofs and other complex roofs.
To get exposed to examples of famous buildings and structures from around the world
that use the different types of structural systems covered in this course.
To develop the ability to sketch the structural framing for floors and roofs of different
Students are expected to take two tests, a mid-term examination and a final examination, in addition
to some homework assignments. Tentative dates for tests and exams are given below. No make-up
tests will be given without a valid excuse. All tests are closed book, except for the first one in relation