Structural Engineering Design 1

    Unit code: NEC3203 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    NEC2201 - Introduction to Structural Engineering Design
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Structural Engineering is a key stream in most civil engineering courses. Engineers are required to design a variety of structures under various loading regimes using simplified codes methods or alternatively more accurate techniques. More specifically this unit of study aims to give students a fundamental understanding in the design of reinforced concrete structural elements.

    The following topics are covered: Design of reinforced concrete simply supported and continuous beams in bending, shear and torsion. Serviceability design of beams including deflection and crack control. Design of one-way and two-way slabs using method of coefficients. Analysis of Flat slabs using simplified strip and equivalent frame methods, including punching shear. Reinforced concrete column and wall design. Introduction to strut and tie method, pre-stressed concrete and footing design.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Analyse and design reinforced concrete beams in both strength and serviceability states (for bending, shear, torsion, deflection and crack control);
    2. Analyse and design reinforced concrete one-way and two-way slabs (including flat plates);
    3. Analyse and design members in combined compression and bending (i.e. columns and walls);
    4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of relevant Australian codes of practice in the design of concrete structures;
    5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in formulating and solving specific concrete design problems; and
    6. Work both autonomously in solving problems and collaborate as a member of a team in undertaking design tasks.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Mid-block test (1.5 hours equivalent to 1000 words)
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 15%
    Portfolio Problems
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 40%
    PBL design project
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 15%
    Design Project Oral Presentation

    Required reading

    The prescribed text 1 is supplemented by resource material placed on the University website (VU Collaborate).

    Reinforced & Prestressed concrete: Analysis and design with emphasis on the application of AS3600-2009
    Loo, Y.C. and Chowdhury, S.H. (2018)| Cambridge Press

    As part of a course

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