"This course provides an understanding of finite elements in elasticity for civil engineering problems with an emphasis in structural engineering. Major topics include the formulation and use of several different types of elements such as truss elements, frame elements, beam elements, shell elements, and plate elements. The course also includes the calculation of different element stiffness matrices and the assembly of the global stiffness matrix. This course also discusses the use of different element types for unique problems and the importance of proper boundary conditions and constraints. Several other topics may include theory of elasticity, shape functions, interpolation methods, constant strain triangles, convergence criteria, virtual work, and energy methods."