ENEC13016 - Concrete Technology and Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the design of concrete structures, including structural components such as beams, slabs, columns, footings and retaining walls. You will identify loads and load paths for gravity and lateral loading. Construction materials are also reviewed in the context of sustainability and environmental issues. You will also plan, prepare and carry out tests on structural concrete components, interpret the results and prepare test reports. You will investigate building design and serviceability requirements. Individual and teamwork focus on the development of professionalism, ethical practice, problem solving and communication. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: ENEC12012 Stress Analysis AND MATH11218 Applied Mathematics

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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Written Assessment 10%
2. Laboratory/Practical 20%
3. Project (applied) 30%
4. Online Test 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Feedback
Moodle forum needs to be monitored regularly.
Recommendation
This issue was due to some reasons beyond the lecturer's control. However, this issue will be addressed in future offerings.
Action Taken
Implemented in 2021. All Q&A forum posts have been replied to within 48 hours, in most cases on the same day.
Source: Moodle and email
Feedback
Lack of study resources (including textbook and study materials) in some sections make it difficult to study.
Recommendation
The Australian Standard was updated in 2018, however, none of the textbooks are updated for the current version of AS3600. From 2021, additional study materials will be provided as PowerPoint slides and/or study guides.
Action Taken
All study guides were updated (a few with handwritten worked solutions) and provided on weekly basis.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Assignment returned late.
Recommendation
This issue will be a priority in the 2021 offering. All assessment items will be returned within two weeks.
Action Taken
All assessment items were returned within 2 weeks.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Knowledge of the lecturer and way of teaching is very helpful.
Recommendation
This will continue in the next offering.
Action Taken
Done.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Well organised and delivered unit.
Recommendation
The same standard will be kept for future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Useful study guides and informed lectures and tutorial classes. Enjoyed being in the class.
Recommendation
The study materials will be updated regularly with the changes in Australian Standards. Every effort will be taken to ensure the students have good knowledge of RC design and concrete technology.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle and email
Feedback
Assessment items are relevant to the unit and related to real-world scenarios.
Recommendation
The same standard will be kept for future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain how the key material properties of reinforced concrete affect the structural performance
  2. Explain the ultimate and serviceability design limit states for reinforced concrete members
  3. Design reinforced concrete members subjected to various design actions according to Australian Standard AS3600
  4. Interpret the result of conducting laboratory tests on the properties of concrete
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and teamwork.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Introductory
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 3N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5N )

Intermediate
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I 4N )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 3I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 3I 4I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 3I 4I 5I )

Advanced
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2I 3A 4A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4I )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4N )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1A 3A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 3A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 3A 4I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 3A 4N )

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
https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Project (applied)
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Project (applied)
4 - Online Test