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BLAR11032 - Structural Forms & Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course introduces basic structural concepts focussed on residential and low rise commercial buildings. It is designed to develop an appreciation of basic structural systems and structural stability.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
5. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
6. Written Assessment 25%
7. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
8. Written Assessment 25%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.85% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation 2017
Feedback
A well organised course, in particular, the assessments have been designed to follow the topics, which help students stay on track.
Recommendation
Retain current structure.
Action Taken
The same format of delivery was followed in the year 2018.
Source: Student Evaluation 2017
Feedback
I feel some topics were a bit rushed but this is probably because there is so much to absorb in only a 12 week time-frame.
Recommendation
All the material is necessary for a basic understanding of structural forms.
Action Taken
Same content covered this year as well, as it was necessary for basic understanding of the structural forms.
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The unit content was to the point and understood. The Zoom sessions were very helpful in its entirety.
Recommendation
Good to know that the content and resources were useful towards learning progress and knowledge development.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Lecturer provided additional explanation of subject matter as required to assist understanding.
Recommendation
Thanks for the feedback. Nice to see Lecturer helped the student/s to his/her level best.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the concept of equilibrium and building structures, load and load path, and support conditions
  2. Understand the behaviour of structural components including: trusses-axial forces beams-shear forces and bending moments arches and cables-compression and tension spatial determinancy and indeterminancy properties of sections and stiffnesscolumn capacity and buckling
  3. Understand the principles of analysis of indeterminant structures including: method of consistent deformation moment distribution method-non-sway frames matrix computer method primer and software
  4. The course will also provide the student with an understanding of structural drawings and computational methods for typical structures associated with residential and low rise structures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
5 - Practical and Written Assessment
6 - Written Assessment
7 - Practical and Written Assessment
8 - Written Assessment
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment