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Lismore Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to concrete technology, investigating the key parameters that affect the strength and durability of concrete. The unit also demonstrates how reinforcing steel is used to design strong, versatile and cost effective concrete structures. The design of beams, slabs and columns are covered, in addition to specific aspects of detailing reinforced concrete structures.

Unit content

Topic 1: The General Concepts of Concrete Technology
Topic 2: Mix Design, Strength and Durability of Concrete
Topic 3: The General Concepts of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Topic 4: Loads and Limit States Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Topic 5: Design of Reinforced Concrete beams, slabs, columns and pad foundations
Topic 6: Detailing, Anchorage and Curtailment of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of concrete technology including the properties of concrete as a structural material, uses and limitations, basic concrete mix design, factors influencing durability and perform basic quality control tests on concrete
2 demonstrate an in-depth understanding of reinforced concrete structures including the properties of reinforced concrete as a structural material, uses and limitations, reinforced concrete structural design and factors influencing durability
3 design and detail, using engineering sketches, a range of reinforced concrete members including beams, slabs and columns
4 demonstrate an understanding of limit states design concepts and be able to apply to the design of concrete structures
5 produce comprehensive reports on experimental testing of concrete mix design, testing of concrete beams and quality control tests.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of concrete technology including the properties of concrete as a structural material, uses and limitations, basic concrete mix design, factors influencing durability and perform basic quality control tests on concrete
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of reinforced concrete structures including the properties of reinforced concrete as a structural material, uses and limitations, reinforced concrete structural design and factors influencing durability
    • GA4:
  3. design and detail, using engineering sketches, a range of reinforced concrete members including beams, slabs and columns
    • GA4:
  4. demonstrate an understanding of limit states design concepts and be able to apply to the design of concrete structures
    • GA4:
  5. produce comprehensive reports on experimental testing of concrete mix design, testing of concrete beams and quality control tests.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Loo, YC & Chowdhury, SH , 2010, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete: Analysis and Design with Emphasis on Application of AS3600-2009, 1st edn, Cambridge University Press.
  • Standards Australia Limited, 2010, Australian Standard - Concrete Structures: AS 3600-2009, 4th edn, Standards Australia Limited, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.