CIVL3205: Concrete Structures 1 (2015 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL3205: Concrete Structures 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Dias-da-Costa, Daniel
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to provide a basic understanding of the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures; to provide a basic understanding of standard methods of analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures (including an understanding of capabilities and limitations); and to provide basic design training in a simulated professional engineering environment. At the end of this unit students will gain proficiency in basic methods of reinforced concrete analysis and design.

The syllabus covers the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures, including: material properties, 'elastic' analysis (stresses/deformations/time-dependence), ultimate strength of beams (flexure), ultimate strength of columns (short and slender), behaviour or reinforced concrete slabs, the reinforced concrete truss analogy (shear/torsion/and detailing implications), the design of typical elements of a reinforced concrete building, structural modelling, analysis of load-effects (incl.earthquakes), design criteria (for durability, fire- resistance, serviceability and strength), design calculation procedures, reinforcement detailing and structural drawings.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2110 AND CIVL2201 AND CIVL2230. basic concepts of solid mechanics and structural mechanics, including: compatability of strains; stress-strain relationships; equilibrium; flexure, shear and torsion; statically determinate load effects (reactions, bending moments, shear forces); elastic beam theory (strains, stresses and beam deflections).
Lecturer/s: Dr Dias-da-Costa, Daniel
A/Prof Ansourian, Peter
Tutor/s: A/Prof Peter Ansourian

Abraham Kazzaz

Dang Phan

Faham Tahmasebinia

Francisco Sena Cardoso

Gavin Lume

Mahmoud Shaheen

Rinchen Rinchen

Van Nguyen

Gerard Taig

Loc Ha

Chongpu Zhai
Timetable: CIVL3205 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
3 Project Work - in class 3.00 2 11
4 Laboratory 2.00 1 1
T&L Activities: Independent Study: continuation of the project work carried out in class, based on structured analysis and design problems

Project Work - in class: group work in class, based on structured analysis and design problems, facilitated by tutors

Laboratory: laboratory demonstration of reinforced concrete column behaviour

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
design and problem-solving skills required to carry out design tasks that could be assigned to a graduate engineer Design (Level 3)
expertise required to perform reinforced concrete design calculations to be carried out by a trainee (graduate) engineer Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
understanding of the science and engineering fundamentals that provide the foundation for current models of reinforced concrete behaviour and current methods of analysis and design. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
ability to search and interpret source documents. Information Seeking (Level 2)
ability to work cooperatively within peer groups. Professional Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. ability to formulate and solve design problems based on the application of engineering principles
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. understanding of the theoretical concepts and engineering fundamentals that provide the foundations for the calculation procedures used in reinforced concrete analysis and design
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
3. competence in calculation skills required for reinforced concrete analysis and design
Information Seeking (Level 2)
4. ability to review and interpret source documents
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
5. ability to work cooperatively within peer groups
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Quiz No 40.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Two group assignments (5% each).

Final Exam: 3 hour final exam (50%)

Quiz: Two mid-semester tests (20% each)

Students intending to do well in the quizzes and final exam are advised to engage closely with the group assignments and tutorials. These comprise a series of exercises in concrete analysis and design and provide an opportunity for practice and feedback in these skills before facing the quizzes and exam. Students who successfully tackle these exercises will be well prepared for the tests.
Assessment Feedback: Detailed feedback from assignments.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction; Material properties; Elastic behaviour, creep and shrinkage.
Week 2 Design approach; Beams subjected to flexural loading. ‘Elastic’ behaviour using Transformed Sections (stresses and cracking moment).
Week 3 Serviceability design under flexural loading. ‘Elastic’ deflections (Moment-Area Theorems).
Week 4 Strength design under flexural loading.
Week 5 Shear design under flexural loading
Week 6 Design for torsion. Quiz 1: Elastic behaviour.
Week 7 Ultimate strength: columns. Assignment 1.
Week 8 Design: Introduction to one-way slabs. Quiz 2: Ultimate strength.
Week 9 Design: two-way slabs. Assignment 2.
Week 10 Moment distribution analysis. Frame analysis: gravity load-effects.
Week 11 Frame analysis: EQ load-effects.
Week 12 Reinforcement detailing; fabrication (Industry lecture).
Week 13 Final review.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil 2015, 2016
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 34.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 14.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 34.5%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 14.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 2%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.