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Course Information

The web-based Connection Design for Structural Steel course focuses on the concepts and fundamentals of designing and analyzing connections for structural steel members. The course is based on CISC (Canadian Institute of Steel Construction) standards and guidelines, and their publication, Handbook of Steel Construction, Ninth Edition. The course includes formulas, descriptions, images, references and examples. Online quizzes/worksheets ensure you understand the material, and regular tests are used to measure your competency. The course is designed to target senior detailers and structural engineers, someone with extensive industry experience that plays a role in the design of structural steel buildings or structures.

The course is broken down into 10 different modules. The students will progress through the modules one at a time in sequence. There are many examples (some are interactive) and there are quizzes to ensure mastery is achieved. Quizzes may be taken as many times as the student wishes. At the end of each module there is a test that may only be taken once.

Review Worksheets and Tests cover all the material and include multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in the blank and matching type questions. Test results are given immediately. You can review the tests, contact the instructor via email, or chat online with other students.

Time:   The web-based course covers up to 120 hours of CBT (Computer Based Training). The student is given 1 year from time of signup to access the course material. Students are left to learn on their own time, at their own pace.

Format:   Students advance sequentially through the modules and navigate through sections as required. Learning objectives are clearly laid out at the beginning of each module and the material is presented using lots of examples, 1-click links to reference material, tables and other related material. At the end of each module a quiz worksheet should be completed in order to prepare the student for the test that follows.

The worksheets can be attempted as many times as the student wishes, the test can only be completed once.

The students final mark is derived from 2 sources:

Worksheets:     20%
Tests:     80%

Languages:   The course is available in English.

Software:   CAD, detailing or modeling software is not required. All information is presented through a web browser.

Content:   The content is based on CISC (Canadian Institute of Steel Construction) standards and guidelines. All measurements and references are metric.

Certification:   Only those students who complete the online portion of the course are issued a certificate of completion.

Gold:     Over 85%
Silver:     78% to 85%
Bronze:     70% to 77%
Completion:     60% to 70%

Texts:   No texts are required, though it is strongly recommended that the student acquires the CISC, Handbook of Steel Construction, Ninth Edition (ISBN 978-0-88811-124-1).

Content:   A detailed breakdown is given in the course outline which is downloadable in pdf form. In summary, the course is made up of 10 modules as described below:

Module 1:     General Overview
Module 2:     Bolted Connections
Module 3:     Welded Connections
Module 4:     Tension Member Connections Shear Lag
Module 5:     Beam Shear Connections
Module 6:     Eccentric Connections
Module 7:     Prying Action
Module 8:     Moment Connections
Module 9:     HSS Connections
Module 10:     Truss Connections

Instructor:   All students have access to the course administrator. Generally speaking all support is provided over the internet via email, but telephone support is provided as required. All emails receive prompt attention during normal business hours. Students can chat and participate in message forms.



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