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CIV3506 Concrete Structures

Semester 1, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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Examiner: Thiru Aravinthan
Moderator: Karu Karunasena


Pre-requisite: CIV2503 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: CIV3505


Concrete is a versatile building material which is used extensively in multistorey buildings, airports, dams, roads and many other important parts of today's modern infrastructure. Whilst it is inherently strong in compression, its weakness in tension is offset by suitable steel reinforcement which is initially either unstressed or prestressed. This results in a composite material which requires a detailed understanding of its behaviour before safe and economical designs can be produced. Accordingly this course provides a detailed coverage of : The Behaviour of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, Durability and Fire Resistance, Behaviour and Design for Strength and Serviceability of Reinforced Concrete Beams, Slabs and Columns, Anchorage, Detailing, Behaviour and Design for Strength and Serviceability of Fully Prestressed and Partially Prestressed Concrete Beams and Slabs.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. calculate the design loads on an element for both the strength and serviceability limit states;
  2. explain the background to, and be able to apply, the durability and fire resistance provisions of AS3600 Concrete Structures;
  3. evaluate the behaviour under load of reinforced concrete beams and select a beam size and reinforcement layout which satisfies the strength and serviceability limit state requirements of AS3600;
  4. evaluate the behaviour under load of reinforced concrete columns and select a column size and reinforcement layout which satisfies the strength limit state requirements of AS3600;
  5. evaluate the behaviour under load of reinforced concrete slabs and select a slab size and reinforcement layout which satisfies the strength and serviceability limit state requirements of AS3600;
  6. draw layouts and details of the reinforcement designed in 3, 4 and 5 above;
  7. evaluate the behaviour of statically determinate prestressed concrete beams and slabs and select a beam or slab size and reinforcement and tendon layout which satisfies the strength and serviceability limit states of AS3600.


Description Weighting(%)
1. General principles of reinforced concrete 10.00
2. Load estimation for RC structures 5.00
3. Durability and fire resistance 5.00
4. The behaviour, analysis and design of RC beams 20.00
5. The behaviour, analysis and design of RC slabs 15.00
6. The behaviour, analysis and design of RC columns 15.00
7. Detailing of reinforced concrete members 10.00
8. The behaviour, analysis and design of prestressed beams 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Foster, SJ, Kilpatrick, AE & Warner, RF 2010, Reinforced concrete basics analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures, 2nd edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
  • Standards Australia 2009, Concrete structures, AS3600-2009, Standards Australia, Sydney, NSW.
  • A hand held battery operated calculator which does not have keys for the alphabet.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Loo, Y-C & Chowdhury, SH 2010, Reinforced and prestressed concrete: analysis and design with emphasis on application of AS3600-2009, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Vic.
  • Standards Australia 2003, HB2.2-2003 Australian standards for civil engineering students: structural engineering, 8th edn, Standards Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 25.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 76.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 04 Apr 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 150 15 23 May 2014
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 750 75 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Formula sheets will be provided with the exam paper.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //