CIVILENG 3002 - Reinforced Concrete Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

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 CIVILENG 3002
    Course Reinforced Concrete Design
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CEME 2001 or CIVILENG 2001 or C&ENVENG 2025
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, exam, 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 in
    the behaviour of reinforced concrete structures.

    2. Apply fundamental mechanics and codified approaches (AS3600) to the design of reinforced concrete beams and
    slabs 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 Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    B B C A C C B A B A A A A B
    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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    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
    Course lecture notes will be provided in electronic format.

    Students are required to have access to a calculator and may find the use of spreadsheets to be beneficial.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recomended resourses is provided on myuni.

    Online Learning
    Online resources will be made available on the learning management system prior to workshop sessions. Students are expected to have watched online lectures prior to attending the workshop.

    Students will be required to use the online tool Mobius to complete assessment.

  • 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.

    Tutorial assignments 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.  

    Project work will link topics covered in individual tutorials to enable the design of structural elements.

    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 24 72
    Topic based assignments (20%) 0 20 20
    Tests (20%) 0 4 4
    Project (15%) 0 30 30

    Exam (45%)

    3 15 18
    Total 144
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course consists of:
    - A series of online and written tutorials (topics covering: flexural analysis, design for servicability, design for flexural strength, design for shear strength, design of columns).
    - Two tests (test 1 covering flexural analysis and design for servicability, test 2 covering design for flexural strength and design for shear strength).
    - An extended design project bringing topics together to design an RC structure for gravity loads.
    - a final examination covering all topics.
  • 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 Task Type Individual / Group Due Weighting Hurdle Criteria Learning Outcome
    Participation Formative Individual Weeks 1 - 13 5% 1 - 4
    Topic Based Tutorials Formative & Summative Individual Weeks 2 - 13 20% 1 - 4
    Quizzes Summative Individual see MyUni 15% 1 - 3
    Project Summative Group see MyUni 15% 1 - 4
    Exam Summative Individual Exam period 45% min 40% 1 - 3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Groupwork: Project work will be conducted in small groups and will be peer assessed.  Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment there is a requirement that all students equally contribute to group work. Students will be required to indicate their individual contribution to the project and where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic
    Honesty Policy may be applied.

    Exemptions :Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester.

    Hurdles: In order to pass this course, students must obtain at least 40% for the exam. Where this exam hurdle is not met, students will receive a course result of the lessor of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45, Fail. An additional assessment exam will be available to eligible students. Students should refer to the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy for eligibility  criteria. Students who do not pass the hurdle requirement cannot pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Each topic based tutorial has a set of formative questions implemented using Mobius. These questions have ransomised inputs and can be attempted as many times as desired as practice.

    Summative tutorials are divided into a set of randomised Mobius questions that are submitted online and a design problem for which detailed solutions/a spreadsheet must be submitted.

    Tests consist of design problems that must be completed within either a 1- or 2-hour workshop session.

    The design project brings together aspects of the tutorials for application to the design of a RC structure for gravity loads. This is an open ended project that must meet a set of design criteria.
    Specific submission due dates and times will be provided throughout the course. Tutorials and tests will run from week 1-9 and the project will run weeks 9-13.

    The online tool Mobius (available through the learning management system) will be used for formative and summative tutorials. Grading of tutorials and feedback will be partially through the Mobius tool.

    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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