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Unit Plan

ENS6151 – Concrete Design

Lecturer/tutor information

Unit Coordinator& Lecturer


Dr Themelina Paraskeva
Name:
Office: 5.245
Telephone: 08 6304 2442
Email: t.paraskeva@ecu.edu.au

Lab Instructor: Mrs Mina Esmi Jahromi


Email: m.esmijahromi@ecu.edu.au

Introduction

Welcome to Concrete Design. This unit provides an introduction to the properties of concrete and the analysis
and design of reinforced concrete structures. The design of beams, columns, slabs according to relevant AS
design codes is included.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Calculate stresses in a reinforced-concrete beam, slab or footing.
2. Design reinforced-concrete beams, one-way and two-way slabs.
3. Design reinforced-concrete columns.
4. Explain the manufacture and properties of concrete.
5. Use software for analysis and/or design of reinforced-concrete structural members.

Course Learning Outcomes


The following course learning outcomes will be developed in this unit:

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 CLO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in
depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the [specialist] engineering discipline.
 CLO2: Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex
engineering problem solving.
 CLO3: Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes (EA 2.3) to conduct and manage
engineering projects, with some intellectual independence. (EA 2.4) (AQF5, 8, 10)
 CLO5: Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay
domains.
 CLO7: Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering
projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional
accountability.
 CLO8: Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of
the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice (EA
1.6) (AQF 9)

Engineers Australia Professional Competencies

The following professional competencies are developed in this unit:


 CEN.1: Has detailed knowledge of the theory and methods to enable the design of 2-D structures (trusses,
beams, frames, etc.) in accordance with required standards and codes of practice.
 CEN.2: Has a sound knowledge of the theories and methods to enable the design of the elements of 3-D
structures in accordance with required standards and codes of practice.
 CEN.3: Has detailed knowledge of the properties and behaviour of common civil engineering materials
and the ability to select appropriate materials for various structural elements.
 CIV.1: Has detailed knowledge of the theory and methods to enable the design of 2-D structures (trusses,
beams, frames, etc.) in accordance with required standards and codes of practice.
 CIV.2: Has a sound knowledge of the theories and methods to enable the design of the elements of 3-D
structures in accordance with required standards and codes of practice.
 CIV.3: Has detailed knowledge of the properties and behaviour of common civil engineering materials and
the ability to select appropriate materials for various structural elements.
 PE1.1: Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences
and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
 PE1.2: Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and
information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
 PE1.3: In depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
 PE1.4: Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
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 PE1.5: Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
 PE1.6: Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary
engineering practice in the engineering discipline.
 PE2.1: Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
 PE2.2: Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
 PE2.3: Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
 PE2.4: Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
 PE3.1: Ethical conduct and professional accountability
 PE3.2: Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

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 PE3.3: Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
 PE3.4: Professional use and management of information.
 PE3.5: Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
 PE3.6: Effective team membership and team leadership.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks Value ULO CLO EAPC

Laboratory Report 15% 1, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 CEN.1; CEN.2; CEN.3; CIV.1; CIV.2; CIV.3; PE1.1; PE1.2;
PE1.3; PE1.5; PE1.6; PE2.1; PE2.2; PE2.3; PE2.4; PE3.1;
PE3.2; PE3.3; PE3.4; PE3.5; PE3.6
Assignment task 15% 1, 2,3,5 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 CEN.1; CEN.2; CEN.3; CIV.1; CIV.2; CIV.3; PE1.1; PE1.2;
PE1.3; PE1.4; PE1.6; PE2.1; PE2.2; PE2.3; PE2.4; PE3.1;
PE3.4; PE3.5; PE3.6
Project 30% 1, 2,3,5 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 CEN.1; CEN.2; CEN.3; CIV.1; CIV.2; CIV.3; PE1.1; PE1.2;
PE1.3; PE1.4; PE1.6; PE2.1; PE2.2; PE2.3; PE2.4; PE3.1;
PE3.4; PE3.5; PE3.6
End of Semester Exam 35% 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 4, 5 CEN.1; CEN.2; CEN.3; CIV.1; CIV.2; CIV.3; PE1.1; PE1.2;
PE1.3; PE1.6; PE2.1; PE2.2; PE2.3; PE3.4; PE3.5

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Teaching and learning approach

This unit is offered in on-campus study mode. Students are expected to participate in all the activities as a part
of their overall engagement in this unit, particularly if they wish to do well. In this unit, the resources made
available through Blackboard are intended to support students’ learning and do not reduce or replace the
need to actively participate in classes. Learning materials provided are intended for personal (private) study
and (only) summarise major points of sections covered in the lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions (or
the sources cited). It is recommended that students should write the points/concepts explained by the
lecturer/tutor during the lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions and follow/read the relevant book sections
(in full) to augment the class coverage. On occasion, students may expect to make a reasonable amount of
external reading, outside the book, as a part of overall engagement in this unit. Information resources made
available through ECU can be utilised here.

There are three class formats: lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.
LECTURES:
Lecture and tutorial sessions will be held on the Joondalup campus in Lecture room JO 8.305. The normal
schedule for lectures is on Mondays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Handouts and/or study materials will
be made accessible (where available) via Blackboard.
Lectures are used to introduce main concepts and to guide students through important points. We have
one (two‐hour) lecture per week for 12 weeks, starting from Week 1.
TUTORIALS:
Tutorials will primarily give students the opportunity to solve concept and/or numerical based problems
having practical importance. These will run on Mondays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in JO 8.305
following the lecture. Sheets wherever applicable for each weekly tutorial task for this unit will be made
available on Blackboard. All the students are expected to attend on time and be equipped with pens,
pencils, erasers, rulers and approved calculator.
Tutorials are used to assist students in the application of concepts presented in lectures through
problem solving exercises and class discussions.
LABS:
Lab work starts from Week 4 and will be held during Weeks 3, 4, 5 and 9 only. There are a total of four
1.5 hour labs during the course of the semester. The detailed lab schedule and lab work materials are
released after the commencement of the semester once student numbers are final.

ATTENDANCE and COMMITMENT


You are required to attend all classes. Your chances of success diminish considerably if you fail to turn up for
classes. Furthermore, you will need to commit, on average, another six hours or so per week to study this unit
outside formal classes.

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Study schedule

Week Dates Lecture Tutorial


LEC 1- Concrete: The Manufacture, properties
1 29 Jul-2 Aug and testing of concrete used for structural Tutorial 1
elements
LEC 2- Design of Beams for Strength and
2 5 Aug-9 Aug Serviceability – Part 1: Strengths of Beams in Tutorial 2
Bending
LEC 3- Design of Beams for Strength and
3 12 Aug-16 Aug Serviceability – Part 2: Strengths of Beams in Tutorial 3
Bending
LEC 4- Design of Beams for Strength and
4 19 Aug-23 Aug Serviceability – Part 3: Strengths of Beams in Tutorial 4
Shear
LEC 5- Design of Beams for Strength and
5 26 Aug-30 Aug Tutorial 5
Serviceability – Part 4 Deflection
LEC 6- Design of Slabs for Strength and
6 2 Sept-6 Sept Tutorial 6
Serviceability – Part 1: One-way slabs
LEC 7- Design of Slabs for Strength and
7 9 Sept-13 Sept Tutorial 7
Serviceability – Part 2: Two -way slabs
LEC 8- Design of Slabs for Strength and
8 16 Sept-20 Sept Tutorial 8
Serviceability – Part 3: Service Life
9 23 Sept-27 Sept LEC 9- Design of Columns – Part 1 Tutorial 9
BREAK 30 Sept-4 Oct NO CLASSES THIS WEEK – Mid Semester Break
10 7 Oct-11 Oct LEC 10- Design of Columns – Part 2 Tutorial 10
11 14 Oct-18 Oct LEC 11- Design of Columns – Part 3 Tutorial 11
12 21 Oct-25 Oct LEC 12- Design of foundation systems Tutorial 12
13 (Unit
review)
28 Oct-1 Nov
Study
Week
4 Nov-8 Nov
Exams
11 Nov-22 Nov

Timetable

Activity Day Time Location

LECTURE MON 09:30-11:30 am JO 8.305

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TUTORIAL MON 11:30 am-12:30 pm JO 8.305

MON 12:30 am-14:30 pm JO 23.110

TUE 08:30 am-10:30 am JO 23.110


LAB
TUE 10:30am-12:30 pm JO 23.110

Assessment Details

The marks for this unit are distributed as follows:


Laboratory Work & Report ^ 20%
Project 30%
Assignment 15%
End of semester examination^ 35%

^ Mandatory to pass

Assessment Information

Assessment Due Time & Date % of total mark


Assignment*
Lab Report 11:00 am, Monday 14 Oct 2019 20%
Assignment (Research Report) 11:00 am, Monday 4 Nov 2019 15%
Project 11:00 am, Monday 28 Oct 2019 30%
Exam^
End of Semester Exam Refer to Exam Timetable 35%

**Due to professional competency skill development associated with this unit, participation in all laboratory sessions and
successful completion of associated tasks is a mandatory requirement for passing this unit. Students who are unable to
attend a lab session for a legitimate reason will need to arrange a make-up session with their lecturer. Students who fail
to complete all required laboratory tasks without legitimate cause may be awarded an FI grade (Fail Incomplete).
^ Mandatory to pass

Lab Report (20% in total)

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This is a lab report about concrete mixture component analysis, concrete formation and specimen testing.
The covered content reflects your lab experiment work throughout the semester with your group fellows.
Accuracy of the collected experimental data will account for 8 marks and the discussion and analysis to
answer the questions correctly will account for another 12 marks.

Students must submit a hardcopy of the report along with an appropriate coversheet including the signature
of all group members to the assignment box on level two of building 23.

Project (30%)

This project is about a building structure analysis and design of a typical reinforced concrete structure. This is
an early preparation and practice for doing well the final exam.
You will attempt to produce the answer for various design stages including:
- Structural analysis of the model through SPACE GASS.
- Structural design of the model, that includes the design of beams, one-way and/or two-way slabs and
columns, using hand-calculations.
- Validation of the hand calculations through SPACE GASS analysis software.

Due Dates: As per schedule above, but see the unit Blackboard site for the most up-to-date information.

Assignment (15%)

This is a report on topics related to concrete and its use.


Students must submit a hardcopy of the report along with an appropriate coversheet including the signature
of all group members to the assignment box on level two of building 23.

Exam (35%)

A three-hour end-of-semester examination covers all aspects of the unit. The primary emphasis will be to test
if the student has an understanding of the material outlined in this unit, is able to articulate this understanding
and is able to apply this knowledge to solve engineering problems. Exam timetables, which are prepared
centrally at ECU, will be announced towards the end of the semester.
To be eligible to pass the unit, students must pass the end-of-semester examination.

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Addendum
Readings

The following texts are used in this unit:


 Loo, Y., & Chowdhury, S. H. (2010). Reinforced and prestressed concrete: Analysis and design with
emphasis on the application of AS3600-2009. Cambridge, London: Cambridge University Press.
 Warner, R. F., Rangan, B. V., Hall, A. S., & Faulkes, K. A. (1999). Concrete structures. Boston, MA:
Addison Wesley Longman.
 ^ Standards Australia (2009). AS 3600 - 2009 Concrete structures. Homebush, Australia: Standards
Australia.

All required readings for this unit will be made available in the Reading List section in your Blackboard site.
(Insert link to reading list page in Blackboard).

Email protocol

Please check your ECU email account regularly. All email correspondences from ECU will only be sent to your
ECU email account. Your emails should be sent from your student email account or via Blackboard, otherwise
anti-spam filters may prevent it from being delivered to your lecturer.
When using email to communicate with lecturers or tutors, you should always make sure that your message
contains the following:
1. A subject that contains the unit code, and clearly describes the nature of your query or request.
Your lecturers receive many emails a day, and may also teach more than one unit, so if your email
does not contain the unit code, it is not possible to place your message in context. If the subject does
not indicate the nature of the message, it may well remain unanswered.
2. Change the default setting on your email program to include previous messages in replies, and make
sure that previous messages are included in an ongoing exchange. If you send an email via
Blackboard, previous messages will not be included, so you need to give your lecturer some indication
of previous correspondence that relates to your query. Your lecturer deals with many students. Having
a copy of the previous exchanges included in your message will expedite a response. You should still
make sure that the subject indicates what the email is about.
3. Address your lecturer appropriately by name.
4. State your question or request clearly and concisely.
5. Insert a signature at the end of your email that contains:
a. your name in full as it appears in SIMO
b. your student number
c. the campus at which you attend classes for the unit in question
(also indicate if you are an off campus student)
Your lecturer will inform you if there are additional requirements for communicating by email.
While lecturers cannot be available online all day, in normal circumstance your lecturer will reply within 2
working days.

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Calculator Policy

The ECU School of Engineering Calculator Policy (which can be found on the unit website) applies to this unit.
If in doubt, please ask the lecturer prior to test/exam.

Unit and Teaching Evaluation (UTEI)

At the end of the semester, all students will be requested to complete the ECU UTEI online survey. This survey
will ask questions concerning your level of satisfaction with the unit, your lecturer and your tutor. Your
feedback is needed to help us to improve the quality of our courses. We endeavour to use the feedback we
receive from the UTEI survey to improve the quality of the unit when it is next run. In fact, the unit as it is
running this semester has been modified in several ways based on the feedback we have received previously
from the UTEI.

Towards the end of the semester you will receive an email notification about how to complete the UTEI survey.
Please take the time to complete it for us. There are small incentives offered to encourage participation and
your feedback is anonymous and confidential.

Assessment information

The sections below set out the standard rules and policies that apply at Edith Cowan University.

Extensions for submission dates


Any student who wishes to defer the submission of an assignment must apply to the lecturer before the due
date for an extension of the time within which to submit the assignment. The application must be in writing
and must set out the grounds on which deferral is sought.
An assignment submitted after the fixed or extended time for submission shall incur a penalty to be calculated
as follows:
 where the assignment is submitted not more than 5 working days late, the penalty shall, for each working
day that it is late, be 5% of the maximum assessment available for the assignment;
or
 where the assignment is more than 5 working days late, a mark of zero shall be awarded.

Academic misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that
can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not
limited to:

 plagiarism;
 unauthorised collaboration;
 cheating in examinations;
 theft of other students’ work;

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Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted
previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through
the ECU website.

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