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Construction of Concrete Buildings (ABPL20053)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20053
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.

Incidental costs

Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment (steel-toed boots, hard-hat, hi-vis vest and safety goggles); cost approx. $80 to $120 per person. Students may use equipment from a previous subject if these are in good working condition

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


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



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 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 hours 3 hours of lectures( 1X2 hour and 1X 1hour) and 1 x 1 hour of tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019