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Construction of Concrete Buildings (ABPL20053)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20053
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly known as Concrete Structures and Construction

Commercial and high rise construction (excluding industrial buildings) relies heavily on the use of reinforced concrete for structural components. The cost of the building structure is a significant portion of the total cost of the project. Interpretations of the information provided by the engineers’ reinforced concrete drawings and specifications provides the necessary means to be able to transfer this data into the physical built form. As a result, this subject investigates the rheology of concrete and the use of admixtures. Structural design concepts for reinforced concrete structures are analysed and their influence on construction methods assessed. The concepts relate to reinforced concrete frames including slab and beam systems, prestressed concrete design concepts and construction methods and composite construction systems. Other related topics include exposed concrete surface finishes, sprayed concrete technology, concrete detailing and constructability.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify and quantify the loads and forces acting on a reinforced concrete building;
  • Design basic structural elements (such as slabs, beams and columns) according to a simplified design approach;
  • Identify factors affecting the choice of structural flooring for reinforced and steel-concrete composite structures;
  • Understand the effects of prestress on the behaviour of concrete beams and slabs
  • Propose and evaluate alternative structural systems
  • Develop an ability to link structural design concepts and relate these to current construction practices
  • Communicate construction design solution using sketches and drawings
  • Develop an ability to interpret structural drawings and be conversant with engineering terminology

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Analytical and evaluation skills;
  • Communication skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Team working skills.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20042 Construction of Residential Buildings
Semester 1
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Assessment

  • Assignment 1, reporting on reinforced concrete elements viewed during a site visit (equivalent to 400 words) due in Week 5, (10%);
  • Assignment 2, writing about the design and construction aspects of a beam and slab system (equivalent to 1000 words) due in Week 9, (20%);
  • One examination of three hours duration at the end of semester, (70%).

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorToong-khuan Chan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 X 2 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour of tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer primarily for technical construction product information and for the LMS.

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Breadth options

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Last updated: 15 July 2017