ENAC12002 - Steel and Concrete Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the basic principles and processes of structural design. You will learn how to design simple structural components made of steel and reinforced concrete under the supervision of a professional engineer. The concept of load action will be introduced and you will build on the structural analysis skills developed in Engineering Statics. Properties of common construction materials and structural sections will be reviewed in the context of sustainability. You will also develop your professional communication, problem-solving and ethical practice skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisite: ENEG11006 Engineering Statics and ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers.

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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.77% 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: Moodle
Study materials need more worked examples and updated inlined with lectures.
The study materials will be reviewed with all recent updates of Australian Standards and more worked examples will be included for 2022.
Action Taken
Partially done. Still, some work needs to be done for 2023.
Source: Moodle
Assessment feedback was received very late.
The unit coordinator acknowledges the delay and will ensure the timely return of assessment feedback in 2022.
Action Taken
All assignments were returned back on time.
Source: Moodle
Emails are not answered in a timely manner.
Students are encouraged to use Moodle forum (Q&A) to ask any unit related queries. This will ensure the teaching staff monitor and answer the queries.
Action Taken
No issues were raised this year. All done as per the recommendation.
Source: Moodle
Assessment feedback can be given in more detail.
From 2022, a separate Zoom session will be offered after the return of the assessment items to explain each question and also give the students the opportunity to ask for any clarifications on individual cases.
Action Taken
Additional zoom sessions were offered, but only one student attended the session.
Source: Email and Moodle
After-hours Zoom sessions are helpful.
This will be offered again in 2022 as usual.
Action Taken
Source: Student communication
Learning materials need improvements.
Additional resources (short videos and updated study materials) should be provided in 2023.
Action Taken
Source: Student communication
Assessments can be linked with unit learning outcomes in more detail.
All assessments should be revised and peer-reviewed before the 2023 offer.
Action Taken
Source: Student communication
This unit content is directly linked to real-world applications and is relevant to the industry.
Continue linking the unit materials with real-world applications.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the limit state design process
  2. Evaluate basic material and section properties for reinforced concrete and structural steel members in the context of sustainability
  3. Design appropriate steel and concrete members using design tables and charts that comply with relevant Australian Standards
  4. Demonstrate ethical conduct and a professional level of communication.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 3N )
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 3N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 4N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 4N )
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 3I )
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 2N 3I )
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 3I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 3I 4I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 3I 4I )
1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1N 2I 3A )
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 1N 2I 3A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3A )
2.3 Application of systematic design processes to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 3A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - 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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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 10