C&ENVENG 2072 - Structural Engineering Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Iterative nature of the design procedure developed through the preliminary design of a reinforced concrete frame. Topics covered include: limit states; gravity and wind loads; fundamental principles that govern the behaviour of reinforced concrete and steel structures; buckling of slender members and effective lengths; connections for steel members.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 2072
    Course Structural Engineering Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Incompatible C&ENVENG 2032
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 1010 & C&ENVENG 2025
    Assessment may include assignments, design report, laboratory report and final exam details at start of semester
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Giang Nguyen


    1.Dr.Giang Nguyen
    Senior Lecturer / Course Coordinator
    School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
    Room – N155a (Engineering North)
    Email – g.nguyen@adelaide.edu.au

    2.Dr.Phillip Visintin
    School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
    Room – N229 (Engineering North)
    Email – phillip.visintin@adelaide.edu.au

    3.Mr.Leo Noicos
    LN Engineering
    Email – leo.noicos@gmail.com XXXXX
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Monday             11.00am – 12.00 pm     (Engineering Nth N158,Chapman Lecture Theatre)
    Tuesday            11.00am – 12.00 pm     (Mawson Labs G19, MawsonLecture Theatre)
    Friday                1.00pm – 2.00 pm         (Physics 103, Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre)

    Assignment & Design consulting sessions:
    Thursday           3.00 pm – 4.00 pm        (Engineering Maths Bldg, EM205, Tutorial Room)

    Small group consultations: TBA

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. The course has 3 parts on loadings, steel design, and reinforced concrete design, aiming to provide students with both big picture of structural design procedures, and technical details behind it.

    Part I on loadings covers an introduction to the loading codes AS1170.0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 to determine design actions acting on structures including an introduction to the most commonly used materials for structures through the use of codes AS4100 (Steel), AS3600 (Concrete), AS3700 (Masonry), AS1720/AS1684 (Timber) and AS1288 (Glazing). The course also includes a project that will combine the knowledge learnt from determining the loading and corresponding design actions to assessing the design capacity of the structural material under consideration. Topics are taken from: dead and live loading, wind loading, earthquake loading and snow loads; steel, concrete and timber framing, masonry and glazing including typical connections.

    Parts II and III are on technical aspects of steel and reinforced concrete design. The aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of the design procedure and the underlying theories for reinforced concrete structures, steel structures and steel-concrete composite structures. The lecture will cover the limit state method of design which will include ultimate limit state design for flexural and shear, ductility and serviceability limit state design for deflection of beams. It will also cover design of short concrete columns against squash loads, buckling of slender steel columns and connection design of steel members.

    2. Apart from the lectures, a number of concrete/steel beams were tested and video recorded. The test results are to be supported with some calculations based on the lecture material.

    3.The course will also have a project on preliminary design of a simple structure which will help to understand the overall structural design process.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides will be uploaded regularly on MyUni and students are advised to print these notes and
    bring them to the lecture sessions.
    Recommended Resources
    Reinforced Concrete Basics, S.J.Foster, A.E.Kilpatrick, & R.F. Warner, Pearson(Printice Hall),2011;  The book is available as a hardcopy as well as in eText (soft copy). Students can purchase the reinforced concrete text as an eText at: http://www.pearson.com.au/9781442555624  

    Australian Standards for Civil Engineering Students Part II: Structural Engineering

    Online Learning
    All lecture materials will be available on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including:
    • Lectures
    • Problem-solving assignments
    • Design Sessions
    • Self-directed activities
    • Group activities & Report and technical essay preparations
    • Examinations & Quiz

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    • Lectures: 3.0 hours per week
    • Tutorials: 1.0 hour per week
    • Consultations: 2-3 hours per week
    • Group Work: 2 hours per week
    • Self-study: 2 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weeks 1-4: introduction to the loading codes AS1170.0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 to determine design actions acting on structures

    Weeks 5-8: fundamentals of steel beam design and steel connection design

    Weeks 9-12: fundamentals of reinforced concrete design
    Specific Course Requirements
    All experiments (coupon tests and steel beam bending) are video recorded and will be used in parallel with lecture slides. In particular, calculations based on experimental measurements will be used in class to illustrate the theoretical aspects of all above mentioned tests. Students are not required to attend practical classes, but expected to observe the experiments through these videos and answer questions related to the theory in each experiment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Component:
    The assessment comprises of the following 5 components:
    1. End of Semester Examination – 60% (3 Hours, closed book conditions)
    2. Quiz – 2 quizzes x 10% = 20% (each quiz-45 minutes, closed book conditions)- time & venue will be advised ASAP
    3. 4 Assignments – 10% (All assignment will carry equal weight and the assignments will be uploaded on to MyUni)
    4. Design Project – 10% -students will work in a group of 4 and the groups to be formed by students

    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass the course, the students should SATISFY the following PASS HURDLE:

    The students should pass the end of semester final examination by scoring  at least 40% of the marks allotted for the final examination.

    Penalty for late submission of course work components:
    Late submission of assignments and reports will result in deduction of marks at the rate of 25% of marks for every day after the deadline for  submission including weekends and public holidays. The lecturers will  not accept any excuse for late submission of assignments and reports and they will not respond to any correspondence from students in this regard. However, if you have missed any assignment (maximum 2 only allowed to be missed) due to medical/compassionate reasons, then your marks for the missed assignment is equal to your final examination marks. You need to provide a medical note or valid proof / note from Adelaide University Counsellor for compassionate conditions. This policy will also be applied to the misplaced/lost assignments by the lecturer/tutor provided that the student can provide sufficient proof for the genuine loss of the assignment; such claims should be made within 3 working days of the date of return of the assignments.

    Policy for missed quizzes & assignments:
    If you miss a quiz due to medical/compassionate reasons, then the replacement quiz will be held in week 12. The syllabus for the replacement quiz will be the same as the one prescribed for the final
    examination. If you miss both quizzes due to medical/compassionate reasons, then the second quiz marks will be equal to your final examination marks. You need to provide a medical note or valid proof / note from Adelaide University Counsellor for compassionate conditions.

    Policy for request for re-evaluating quizzes & assignments:
    If you feel that you deserve more marks than the one awarded for your assignment/quiz/report, then please submit the reasons for your request in writing only to the lecturer within 5 working days of the date of return. No personal requests will be entertained.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Homework Assignments and reports must be submitted to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office (Eng. North N136) before the start of the nominated due date.

    In-class Quizzes will be marked and returned to students as soon as possible; normally about 1 to 2 weeks afterwards.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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