Course Title: Concrete Structures 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Concrete Structures 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 14

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Gravina

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2183

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1177 Concrete Structures 1

Course Description

Concrete Structures 2 will introduce you to concepts of pre-stressed concrete, dealing with traffic loads in analysis of bridge structures and grillage analysis. You will also be introduced to types of suspended slabs and floor systems in common building use and simplified analysis and design methods for flat slab floor systems. The design of a reinforced concrete bridge deck and pre-stressed concrete girders is the major learning activity.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the effects of pre-stress on the behaviour of concrete beams and slabs, and determine the combined stresses induced by pre-stress and applied loads using basic concepts of analysis, equivalent load method and load balancing approach.
  2. Analyse uncracked and cracked pre-stressed concrete sections and determine the different types of losses of pre-stressed concrete
  3. Determine serviceability limits of pre-stressed concrete at both transfer and under full service loads and ultimate flexural strength and shear strength in the design of prestressed concrete members.
  4. Apply the Austroads Bridge design code or equivalent to determine loads acting on a bridge structure, design slab and beam girder elements and develop skills using software package Spacegass for analysis of design actions
  5. Evaluate and design a Flat slab floor system for serviceability and ultimate limit state loads.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities are framed around a major project of design of a reinforced/pre-stressed concrete bridge structure. Refined methods of analysis will be introduced as well as approximate qualitative methods to ascertain design actions on bridge structures. You will be encouraged to use innovative engineered precast products introduced to the market in your design. You will critically evaluate issues in designing bridge structures with such products utilizing the technical knowledge you have developed.

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of 65 hours per semester in lectures, tutorials and workshops. In addition you can expect to spend the same number of hours in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Design standards for concrete structures and bridge design. Textbook covering advanced topics in reinforced concrete design. Other resources will be made available through myRMIT and the Blackboard LMS.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite assessment tasks, namely the major project report, mid semester test and final end of semester examination

Note that:  ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1 Major project

Weighting  30%

This assessment supports CLO 1-4

Assessment Task 2 Mid-semester test (Week 6)

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLO 1-3

Final examination (2 hours)

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLO 1-5