ABPL30046 Steel and Concrete Structural Systems

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 2 hour lectures per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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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


Dr Toong-Khuan Chan



Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly known as Structures and Construction Systems.

Commercial construction can take many forms and often includes a multitude of complex systems with specific plant and equipment requirements. These commercial buildings can include high, medium or low rise office or apartment buildings, hospitals and institutional buildings, shopping centres, sporting facilities and warehouse industrial sheds. Each project has characteristic structural forms and resultant methods of construction. This subject investigates the various structural design concepts and their influence on construction. The topics covered include the interpretation of steelwork drawings and specifications, steel frame buildings and wide span industrial sheds, warehouse concrete pavements, basement construction and site retention methods, piling systems and construction methods to suit various geotechnical conditions, tilt slab construction methods and precast concrete building systems. Construction detailing and constructability are the key issues covered within each topic, together with organisation of the construction process and hybrid construction systems.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand and interpret structural drawings involving concrete and steel components;
  • Identify factors affecting the choice of materials, structures or construction systems for complex buildings;
  • Understand the principles of maintaining performance of concrete structures;
  • Synthesize executive design plans provided by the principal design team to develop a construction process plan and methodology;
  • Analyse structural design and examine the buildability and efficiency of that design;
  • Research and propose alternative structural systems or creative construction methods to reduce time and cost of the project while achieving the required quality;
  • Understand the environmental implications of concrete use;
  • Communicate with the design team to justify the solution by means of reports, sketches and drawings.

  • Assignment 1: Design a construction system for either a steel frame, steel portal frame, or industrial ground slab (equivalent to 700 words) due in Week 5, (15%);
  • Assignment 2: Design a construction method for a precast, post-tensioned or composite concrete structures system (equivalent to 700 words) due in Week 9, (15%);
  • 3 hour written exam during the examination period, (70%).

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

Prescribed Texts:

Course notes / reader available from the university bookshop

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.

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
Related Breadth Track(s): Construction
Construction Technologies and Principles

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