ECTSDesign and Construction of Tall Building Systems

Design and Construction of Tall Building Systems (CE456) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Design and Construction of Tall Building Systems CE456 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
CE 321 Structural Analysis
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Observation Case Study, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Gökhan TUNÇ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To familiarize the students with the fundamental behavior and design of tall buildings in comparison with that of low-rise buildings, with emphasis on structural load resisting systems and material systems.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The student can differentiate between different structural systems for buildings and associated height limits
  • The student can calculate the design loads for all buildings
  • The student can differentiate between different floor systems and their suitability for use in tall buildings
  • The student can perform structural modeling and analysis of tall buildings
  • The student can identify different foundation systems and their suitability for tall buildings
Course Content Overview of design philosophy and selection of the structural systems for tall buildings; criteria and loadings; structural modeling and analysis; structural and foundation design; fire safety engineering; construction planning and management of tall building projects.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to tall building structural systems Taranath Ch. 1
2 Gravity load resisting systems: Concrete Buildings Taranath Ch. 8
3 Gravity load resisting systems: Steel and composite buildings Taranath Ch. 7, 9
4 Lateral load resisting systems: Concrete buildings Taranath Ch. 5
5 Lateral load resisting systems: Steel and composite buildings Taranath Ch. 4, 6
6 Design Loads for tall buildings Taranath Ch. 2, 3
7 Structural modeling and analysis of tall buildings Taranath Ch. 10
8 High performance materials for tall buildings Lecture notes
9 Design of structural members: Concrete buildings Taranath Ch. 11
10 Design of structural members: Steel and composite buildings Taranath Ch. 11
11 Foundation systems, analysis and design Taranath Ch. 12.7, Lecture notes
12 Fire safety and security of tall buildings Lecture notes
13 Construction and project management of tall buildings Chew, Ch. 1
14 Project presentations
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Taranath, B.S., Steel, Concrete, & Composite Design of Tall Buildings, 2nd Ed, Mc Graw Hill
Other Sources 2. Chew Yit Lin, M., Construction Technology for Tall Buildings, 2nd Ed., Singapore University Press and World Scientific

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 4 60
Presentation - -
Project 1 40
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 5 100
Percentage of Semester Work 100
Percentage of Final Work 0
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to apply these knowledge to solve Civil engineering problems.
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints
3 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems.
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications
6 Ability to carry out independent research in the field and to report the results of the research effectively and be able to present the research results at scientific meetings.
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues.
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams
9 Consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning,ability for continuous renovation and monitoring the developments on science and technology and awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems.
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 20 20
Homework Assignments 4 10 40
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury
Total Workload 150