Below are the topics that we will cover in the course and the tentative corresponding date(s). Required readings for each topic and pre-lecture slides are available for download by following the link to each topic.

All Pre-Lecture slides are contained here in one large file (if you’d like to print everything at one time).

Topic 1: Introduction to Wood Structures (Sept. 2)

Topic 2: Green Building and Wood (Sept. 4)

Topic 3: Load Tracing and Tributary Area (Sept. 9, 11 and 16)

Topic 4: Wood Properties and Lumber Grading (Sept. 23 and 25)

- Class on how to use Visual Analysis (Sept. 30)

Topic 5: Design Methods (Oct. 2, 7 and 9)


Topic 6: Glulam and Engineered Wood Products (Oct. 21)

Topic 7: Beam Design (Oct. 23 and 28)

Topic 8: Design of Compression Members (Oct. 30 and Nov. 6)

Topic 9: Design of Wood Connections (Nov. 12, 13, 18 and 20)

Topic 10: Design of Wood Panels (Dec. 2)