Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 581 Design with Prefabricated Building Elements Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 141 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Sanin Džidić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanin Džidić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. no email

This Course gives basic knowledge about how to use prefabricated elements and decorative elements in architecture. Prefabricated elements are generally used in building industrial type buildings and buildings with multi-purposes. Design with such elements ensures fast building which gives them advantages. In the modern time, such elements are used more, and the term of sustainability is connected to prefabricated elements. Today, these elements are becoming very important in the construction industry.

•To show how and where to use such elements
•To provide basics of building with prefabricated elements
•To explain the behavior of prefabricated elements and such structure

  1. Introduction and application of PREFAB elements and structures
  2. Benefits of Precast Structures, Health & Safety, Quality & Accuracy, Speed of Construction & Buildability, Choosing a Construction Method – Comparative Costs, Sustainability and Thermal Capacity of PREFAB
  3. Precast Construction Methods
  4. Designing for Structural Stability of PREFAB
  5. Precast Elements
  6. Production of precast elements
  7. Site Erection and Installation
  8. Structural Details, Column to Beam Connections, Floor to Beam Connections - Hollowcore Floor, Floor to Beam Connections - Wideslab Floor, Floor to Wall Connections - Hollowcore Floor, Floor to Wall Connections - Wideslab Floor
  9. Mid-Term Examination
  10. Subject Researches and Presentations (Prefab Systems)
  11. Subject Researches and Presentations (Application of PREFAB for various purposes)
  12. Prestressing in PREFAB
  13. Prestressing in PREFAB – continuation Prefabricated timber and GLULAM structures
  14. Prefabricated Steel Structures
  15. Final exam prep-up


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Final Exam140
    +Attendance and activity210
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Basic knowledge about how to use prefabricated elements and decorative elements in architecture
    • Basic knowledge about advantages and disadvantages of prefabricated elements
    • Possible uses of prefabricated elements
    • 1. Elliott K.S.: Precast concrete structures, Butternwoorth-Heineman, 2002
    • 2. Elliot K.S.: Multi-storey precast concrete framed structures, Blackwell Science, 1996
    • 3. Precast concrete in mixed construction, State-of-art , FIB, June 2002.
    • 4. Seismic design of precast concrete building structures, State of art, FIB, October 2003
    • 5. Allison Arieff & Bryan Burkhart, PREFAB
    • 6. Erin Cullerton, Contemporary PREFAB House
    • 7. PREFAB Green Rayan E. Smith
    • 8. PREFAB Architecture, A guide to modular design and construction, 2010

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination13030
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project13535
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 141
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6