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CIVL2230: Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL2230: Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Zhang, Hao
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The primary objective is to develop an understanding of design concepts and an introduction to the design of steel, concrete and composite structures. This involves calculation of loads on structures caused by gravity, wind and earthquake; and analysis and design of basic structural elements.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2110 AND CIVL2201 AND ENGG1802. Structural mechanics, first year mathematics, but these are not prerequisites
Additional Notes: Basic structural elements include beams, columns slabs and simple frames.
Lecturer/s: Dr Zhang, Hao
Timetable: CIVL2230 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 1.50 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 13

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
Adapting concepts & principles from given situations in unfamiliar related contexts. Design (Level 1)
Basic design issues in high-rise steel and concrete buildings, the basic structural systems for high-rise buildings, such as the moment frame system, shear wall systems, etc. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Calculation of physical properties of structural components. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Ability to calculate gravity actions on typical structure members (i.e., slab, beam and column) as per the provisions of Australia/New Zealand load standard 1170.
2. Ability to calculate combined loads, determination of the most critical load combination, inluding the plot of bending diagram and shear diagram for beams and determination of the most critical section.
3. Ability to determine the wind region, design wind speed, external wind pressure (windward, leeward), internal wind pressure, roof wind pressure for low-rise buildings and high-rise buildings, as per code provisions for wind actions.
4. Ability to apply the equivalent static method for determining the seismic actions as per Australian code provisions, including determination of natural period of the structure using approximate method, the seismic weight, the earthquake base shear, vertical distribution of horizontal earthquake forces and structural ductility and performance factor.
5. Understanding the basic concepts of steel and concrete floor systems, one-way and two-way slabs, the load distribution in one-way and two-way slab systems.
6. Understanding the basic concepts of lateral-load resisting systems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Final Exam No 75.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: One 3 hr partial open book exam covering the whole syllabus.

Assignment: A series of 5 assignments (5% each) related to calculation of forces on structures and basic design of structural elements.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note on Resources: Printed notes covering most aspects of the course are purchased at co-op bookshop.

Relevant Australian Standards can be purchased or obtained from university library.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction; Gravity load
Week 2 Lecture: Gravity load; ACSE lecture 1
Week 3 Lecture: Gravity load
Week 4 Lecture: ACSE lecture 2. Wind load
Week 5 Assessment Due: Wind load
Week 6 Lecture: Wind load; ACSE lecture 3
Week 7 Assessment Due: Lateral-load resisting system. Concrete floor system
Week 8 Lecture: Earthquake load
Week 9 Lecture: Earthquake load. ACSE lecture 4
Week 10 Lecture: Steel construction; Snow load
Week 11 Lecture: Snow load. ACSE lecture 5
Week 12 Lecture: Load combination
Week 13 Lecture: Structural Reliability. 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 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 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) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 71.45%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 0%

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.