C&ENVENG 4041 - Structural Design Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course will involve an authentic design project emulating a real world project in the structural engineering consulting profession. Students will consolidate and apply knowledge form structural mechanics, reinforced concrete and structural steel design in order to complete the design of a realistic structure according to Australian Standards. In completing this design students will become familiar with the complexities and ambiguities of design. Students will need to demonstrate a capacity for self-management, independent learning and higher level professional communication skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4041
    Course Structural Design Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 3001, C&ENVENG 3005, C&ENVENG 3007
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Phillip Visintin

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Apply knowledge of structural design principles to the conceptual design of a buildings superstructure through the synthesis of the client’s requirements and evaluation of potential design options;
    2 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills by delivering a client briefing to present the conceptual designs evaluated;
    3 Demonstrate the fluid application of engineering techniques by scoping and subsequently preparing detailed design calculations to Australian design standards;
    4 Critically review design calculations prepared by others;
    5 Communicate the final design of a structure through the production of engineering drawings;
    6 Demonstrate orderly management of self and professional conduct by managing time effectively and behave in a professional manner in relationships with clients, industrial mentors and other stakeholders involved in the project; and
    7 Demonstrate the ability to function as an effective team member by earning the trust and confidence of colleagues through competent and timely completion of tasks, recognising the diversity of the team members and respect for alternative viewpoints.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   3.2   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,3,4, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Australian Standards AS1170, AS3600 and AS1100.501 are required for this course. These can be accessed through the university library website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


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

    A one hour lecture each week will summarise key design topics.
    A two hour design session will be available for students to interact with industry design consultants.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Detailed design calculations 40 Group Summative 7 - 1-6
    Design drawings 20 Group Summative 12 - 4-6
    Exam 40 Group Summative 7 40% 3-4
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i
    Assessment Detail
    Details of all assessment tasks will be available on MyUni.
    Project work is group based (3-4 students) and students will be required to peer assess.
    Each individual student will be awarded a participation mark by the course coordinator based on informal interviews during design sessions to assess group dynamics and project management.

    No information currently available.

    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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