HomeDLSU Engineering Journalvol. 18 no. 1 (2006)

Developing Learning Modules for a Computer-Aided Structural Engineering Subject at De La Salle University

Andres Winston C. Oreta

Discipline: Engineering, Technology



Civil Engineering schools may integrate the use of commercial computer software in the civil engineering curriculum to enhance the teaching and learning process. A one-unit (three-hour laboratory) computer oriented course on "Computer Methods in Structural Engineering" is introduced in the undergraduate civil engineering curriculum at De LaSalle University, Manila. This computer laboratory course aims to introduce the students on the use of state-of-the-art civil engineering software in solving both routine and complicated problems in the analysis and design of structures. One of the software that will be used is GRASP, a user friendly software for two-dimensional analysis of framed structures. This paper describes the development of learning and instructional materials using a commercial software to deepen the students' understanding of the modeling, analysis and behavior of structures in 2D.