Structural Engineering Design OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Undergraduate Class on Structural Engineering Design

Published Feb 18, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'Structural Engineering Design' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course covers all the basics of structural engineering, ranging from the design process itself to critical details about building materials. If you're a Civil or Environmental Engineering student in a bachelor's degree program, or if you're just curious about how engineers transform concrete and steel into the durable structures where we live and work, this OpenCourseWare may be helpful.

Structural Engineering Design: Course Specifics

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Structural Engineering Design: Course Description

'Structural Engineering Design' was originally a lecture course taught by Professor Oral Buyukozturk at MIT. Students in the bachelor-level engineering class learn how to design structures from the ground up, and they get plenty of hands-on practice as well. Students begin by learning about the planning process, and investigating ways to protect structures against fire, high winds and earthquakes. In addition, MIT engineering students in this course explore the behavior of major structural components like steel-reinforced concrete beams and columns. 'Structural Engineering Design' also touches briefly on bridge design, as well as instructive cases of structure failure.

This OpenCourseWare includes recitation notes, problem sets, quizzes, project instructions and a portion of the total lecture notes. If you're interested in taking this free engineering course from MIT, navigate to the structural design course page.

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