This integrated unit focuses on the applications of advanced environmental and structural engineering design technologies in engineering practice. It offers you a distinctive opportunity to work in a design team to apply technical knowledge and skills learned in this integrated unit and previous units to solve practical environmental and structural engineering design problems. You will gain technical knowledge in environmental and structural engineering, and improve your problem solving, teamwork and communication skills and employability.

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NEF3101 - Project Management

NEC3203 - Structural Engineering Design 1

Completion of 288 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply technical knowledge and skills learned to solve practical environmental and structural engineering design problems;  
  2. Develop solutions to complex engineering design problems incorporating a system approach;  
  3. Work effectively in design teams and accept responsibilities;  
  4. Demonstrate good communication skills in team discussions, oral presentation, and technical report writing.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Debate (individually assessed) 20%
Test Mid-Semester Test (90 minutes) 30%
Assignment Design Project (Report maximum 35 A4 pages including design calculations and drawings) 25%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 25%
Assessments are on debates, mid-semester test, design project, and a final examination. The design project is undertaken by groups, and assess a student's ability to problem solve and interact in a team situation. The mid-semester test and final examination focus upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline and apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, as defined in Engineers Australia competencies 1.3 and 2.1. As the test and examination are the one clear way by which these competencies can be assessed on an individual basis, a student must achieve a minimum mark of 40% in the mid-semester test and a minimum mark of 40% in the final examination and 50% in the overall unit assessment in order to pass the unit.

Required reading

Design of Prestressed Concrete to AS3600-2009. Second Edition,
Gilbert, R. I., Mickleborough, N. C. and Ranzi, G.
Boca Raton and London: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Recommended Reading: Liang, Q. Q. (2004). Performance-Based Optimization of Structures: Theory and Applications. London and New York: Spon Press, Taylor and Francis Group. Warner, R. F., Rangan, B. V., Hall, A. S. and Faulkes, K. A. (1998). Concrete Structures. Melbourne: Longman. AS 3600:2018 (2018). Australian Standards for Concrete Structures. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Standards Australia.

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