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ABPL20053 Construction of Concrete Buildings

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 X 2 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour of tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites:
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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: 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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Coordinator

Dr Toong-Khuan Chan

Contact

Email: tchan@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

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.

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
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.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject Reader

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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.
Notes:

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: Architecture major
Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Construction major
Engineering Systems
Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors
Property major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors

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