CEME 7302 - Reinforced Concrete Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the design of reinforced concrete structures. Topics covered will include: design of beams and slabs for flexure and shear; detailing of flexural and shear reinforcement; behaviour of reinforced concrete members under combined flexure and axial load; design of short columns; behaviour and design of slender columns.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 7302
    Course Reinforced Concrete Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 2025 or CEME 2001
    Assessment Assignments, exam, quiz, practical
    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
    1. Generalise the basic material properties of concrete and reinforcement and their role inthe behaviour of reinforced concrete structures.
    2. Apply fundamental mechanics and codified approaches (AS3600) to the design of reinforced concrete beams andslabs at the serviceability limit state.
    3. Apply fundamental mechanics and codified approaches (AS3600) to the design of reinforced concrete beams,columns and slabs at the ultimate limit state.
    4.Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively, critically reflect, and deal with uncertainty when solving open-ended problems.

    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, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.3, 3.5  

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All course materials will be provided via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recomended resourses is provided on myuni.
    Online Learning
    All required learning resources and course information will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered in a flipped mode: lectures will be delivered online and should be viewed before coming to workshop sessions.
    Workshop slots are used for providing additional examples and time for tutorial question answer sessions.

    Tutorialassignments are delivered using a combination of online and traditional marking. Tutorials are designed to give students the chance to apply techniques learnt in class and to extend fundamental concepts to new types of problems. Both formative and  summative tutorial problems will be provided and worked solutions will be available for summative problems after the submission of assignments.  A practical session will give students the opportunity to observe the behaviour of large scale reinforced concrete elements under a range of loading conditions. Results of the practical will form the basis for project work.

    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.
    Activity Contact hours Private hours Total
    Lectures/workshops 48 48 96
    Topic based assignments (20%) 0 20 20
    Tests (20%) 3 4 7
    Lab practical project (15%) 3 10 13
    Exam (45%) 3 15 18
    Total 154
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course consists of:
    - a series of online and written tutorials,
    - 2 tests,
    - an extended project based on the outcomes of the practical, and
    - a final examination.
  • 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 Due
    Topic based tutorials 20 Individual 1-13
    Quizzes 20 Individual TBA
    Project 15 Group 13
    Exam 45 Individual Exam Period
    A hurdle of 40% is applied to the exam.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


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    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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