Course Title: Apply timber technology to engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: CIVE5665

Course Title: Apply timber technology to engineering

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

A.S. (Ahmet) Ertuncay. Program Manager.
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel : (03) 9925 8375
Fax : (03) 9925 4377
e-mail ahmet.ertuncay@rmit.edu.au

W.R. (Bill) Harding, Teacher
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel. 9925 4443
Fax. 9925 4377
e-mail: bill.harding@rmit.edu.au
 

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX010 - Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office.

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to outline the use of timber as a civil engineering material including processing to end use as timber, or manufactured timber products, including fixing and construction techniques in accordance with the accepted practices as outlined in relevant codes of practice and Australian Standards.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX160B Apply timber technology to engineering

Element:

1. Apply knowledge of the properties, quality standards, testing, performance and visual characteristics of timber and timber products.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse the engineering properties and performance requirements of timber species.
1.2 Describe common methods of seasoning timber.
1.3 Explain the method of classifying and grading timber to meet the requirements of relevant codes of practice and Australian Standards.
1.4 List common standard sizes for specified classes of timber.

Element:

2. Apply understanding of common methods of fixing timber and timber joints.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Describe the natural defects that occur in timber products.
2.2 Describe the causes and outcomes of short term and long term degradation of timber products.
2.3 Describe the common methods of timber preservation.
2.4 List the common methods used for timber protection.

Element:

3. Apply understanding of the common uses of engineered timber products in construction.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce diagrams to show the construction of timber framed buildings.
3.2 Label diagrams to name the timber elements of the building.
3.3 Size the timber elements in accordance with the code.
3.4 Show alternative methods of construction where appropriate.

Element:

4. Identify defects, causes of degradation, preservation and protection systems, suitable for engineering timber products.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the terms “Plywood”, “Laminate” and Reconstituted Wood Panels” and detail common uses of each.
4.2 Detail the properties and uses of engineered structural timber products and compare with alternative products.
4.3 Report on the specification of engineered timber products commonly used in the construction industry.

Element:

5. Use the National Timber Framing Code to select sizes of timber for specified building purposes.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Outline code requirements for fixing with nails.
5.2 Describe situations where screws or bolts would be preferable to nails.
5.3 Outline the principles of joint design, including fastener characteristics, in engineering structures.


Learning Outcomes


Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed:
• Teacher–led face to face lectures for each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge, including workplace scenarios and the use of overheads, videos and notes from local web page and covering:
• Explanation of the properties & classification of timber to AS 1684
• Review the causes of defects, degradation, & methods of timber protection & preservation to AS 1604.
• Demonstration of the design of a light timber framed construction to AS 1684.
• Explanation of the specification of special timber products, eg. plywoods & laminated products.
• Demonstration of the design of timber joints & fixings to AS 1684

Student-based problem-solving:
• Participate in individual and team problem solving activities completed to industry standard related to construction processes on a typical engineering workplace and covering:
• Properties & classification of timber to AS 1684
• The descriptions of defects, degradation, & methods of timber preservation & protection to AS 1604.
• The design of a light timber framed construction to AS 1684.
• The specification of special timber products, eg. plywoods & laminated products.
• The design and specification of timber joints & fixings to AS 1684

Group-based:
• Participate in individual or small group research using Self Help Questions/Answers for each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge, accessed via local web site for this unit.

Student-based research:
• Participate in an individual written research project addressing the designated areas of underpinning knowledge for a chosen element.
 


Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub via MyRMIT (Blackboard) for details of weekly schedule.
Refer also to the Learning Guide/Package available on the Blackboard.
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Pocket Span Table Book – based AS1684.4
Australian Standard AS 1684.4 Residential timber-framed construction. Part 4 Simplified – Non-cyclonic areas.


References

AS 1720 – Timber Structures (Timber Structures Code)
AS 1720.2 – Timber Structures – Timber properties
AS 1604 - Specification for preservative treatment
AS 1859 – Reconstituted wood-based panel – Specifications.
AS 2858 – Timber – Softwood – Visually graded for structural purposes.
AS 2082 – Timber – Hardwood – Visually stress-graded for structural purposes.
AS/NZS 1748 – Timber- Mechanically stress-graded for structural purposes.
 


Other Resources

All other resources are available on the Blackboard for this course.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction


Assessment Tasks

Quizzes
Two on-line quizzes covering properties of timber, seasoning of timber, grading of timber, standard sizes, preservation of timber, engineered timber products and there specification.

These quizzes have a pass grade of 50% and will contribute 20% of the final overall mark. Like all assessments within this course, this assessment task must be passed in order to meet the requirements of this course.

Written report:
This report features aspects related to the use of structural grade timber in engineering applications, the properties, use, and details regarding the specification of this structural grade timber.

This report has a pass grade of 50% and will contribute 25% of the final overall mark. Like all assessments within this course, this assessment task must be passed in order to meet the requirements of this course.

Test/Examination:
Your course coordinator/tutor will give you specific test instructions for the semester of your study, including:
• Date, time and location of test
• Any other specific requirements
However, it is expected the test will have the following:
• Three sections (based on the elements of competency):
o True and false
o Short answer questions
o Multiple Choice
o Design calculations for timber framing related to AS 1684.4
• 2 hours duration.
This test/exam is an on-line assessment conducted and supervised at RMIT.

This test has a pass grade of 50% and will contribute 55% of the final overall mark. Like all assessments within this course, this assessment task must be passed in order to meet the requirements of this course.
 


Assessment Matrix

 Element Covered Assessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
 1, 2, & 3 Quiz 1 10% Week 3
 4, 5, 7 & 9 Quiz 2 10% Week 6
 1, 2, 3 & 8 Report/Project 3 25% Week 8
 All Topics Test 55% End of Course

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge
Prerequisite units comprise part of the underpinning knowledge and skills.
Correct interpretation and application of relevant codes of practice and Australian Standards.
Writing a technical document.
Drawing and labelling of engineering documents.
 

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