Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: CIVE5679

Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. A R M Muniruzzaman
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Civil Engineering
Tel: (03) 9925 4415
Fax: (03) 9925 4189

Nominal Hours: 60

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

EDX130B – Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B – Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EDX100B – Analyse force systems (basic)

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to use the Australian Standard AS 1170 to determine and to calculate different kinds of loadings on structural elements and to perform analysis of beam and column structures involving calculation of such features as support reactions, shear and bending moments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC030B Determine design actions and analyse structures


01. Use AS/NZS 1170 Parts 0 & 1 to calculate permanent and imposed actions on simple structural elements.

Performance Criteria:

01.1 Appropriate data is extracted from AS/NZS 1170 Part 1.
01.2 The appropriate value of permanent and imposed actions is calculated for given situations.


02. Use-AS/NZS 1170 Part 2 to calculate wind action on simple structural elements and closed structures.

Performance Criteria:

02.1 AS/NZS 1170 Part 2 is used to extract relevant data related to wind action.
02.2 The wind action on a structural element and closed structure without dynamic response factors is calculated from AS 1170 Part 2.


03. Calculate loading on structural elements due to liquid pressure.

Performance Criteria:

03.1 Given relevant data, the resultant force due to fluid pressure on a structural element can be calculated.
03.2 The line of action of the resultant force and moment created is calculated.


04. Use AS/NZS 1170 Part 0 to calculate action effects in limit state format.

Performance Criteria:

04.1 The design action effects for a combination of actions are calculated for ultimate and serviceability limit states using the relevant action combinations from AS/NZS 1170 Part 0.
04.2 The critical design action effect is assessed for various scenarios using AS/NZS 1170 Part 0.
04.3 Structural elements are assessed for conformance to ultimate and serviceability limit state criteria.


05. Carry out calculations to determine beam deflection under various action effects and check conformance to serviceability criteria.

Performance Criteria:

05.1 The action combinations relevant to various building functions can be extracted from AS/NZS 1170 Parts 0 and 1.
05.2 Beam formulae can be use to determine beam deflection under various load patterns using the principle of superposition.
05.3 Beam deflection can be assessed against deflection limits.


06. Carry out a detailed analysis of a structural member subject to compression actions.

Performance Criteria:

06.1 The buckling strength of a simple compression member can be calculated given the end and intermediate restraints.
06.2 The effective length and restraint conditions can be determined from a structural drawing for a compression member.


07. Carry out analysis of continuous beams.

Performance Criteria:

07.1 Moments and shears in a continuous beam can be calculated using the moment distribution method.
07.2 The load, shear force and bending moment diagrams can be constructed.
07.3 The degree of redundancy in a continuous beam can be calculated using. equations of equilibrium.


08. Carry out analysis of simple rectangular frames.

Performance Criteria:

08.1 The degree of redundancy in a simple frame structure can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.
08.2 The member forces in a simple rectangular frame restrained against sway can be calculated.
08.3 The moment distribution method can be used to analyse simple sway restrained and non-restrained structures.


09. Calculate the distribution of forces at joints in accordance with the elements’ stiffness.

Performance Criteria:

09.1 Given length, E, I and end conditions for a simple beam-column connection in a rectangular frame, the distribution of moments can be calculated.


10. Write report.

Performance Criteria:

10.1 All data, assumptions and calculations including diagrams are written up in a short technical report.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

• Calculation of dead loads, live loads, wind loads and liquid pressure on structural elements
• Detailed analysis of a simply supported beam including calculations for simple bending, shear, deflection, local buckling and lateral buckling
• Detailed analysis of a structural member subjected to compression loads
• Analysis of continuous beams
• Analysis of simple rectangular frames
• Distribution of forces at joints in accordance with the Elements stiffness
Using the Internet research AS/NZS 1170 Part 0, 1 & 2 and identify the clauses required for the calculation of dead loads, live loads and wind loads

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding of typical analysis and load estimation of structures according to the Australian standards
Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of load estimations
Research activities related to load calculation according to Australian standards. It is expected that students would require approximately 20% of course hours to be allocated for independent study to do project research related to load calculation and analysis.

Assignments related to load calculations according to AS 1170.0,1,2
Assignment tasks involve applications of standards, codes and requirements applicable to load estimation on structures, and shall be as close as practicable to real work situations and include real work decisions by the learner.

Industry Visits- Students will be involved in industry visits and or engineering industry exhibitions.
Students in the final stage of Advanced Diploma are encouraged to undertake an industrial practice work placement activity, which requires student to undertake tasks related to structural domain within industry.

Task may involve activities linked to auto cad, structural analysis software packages, for load analysis of structures.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopic DeliveredPerformance Criteria
1 - 2Dead load and live load1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
3Liquid pressure3.1, 3.2
4 - 5Beam design1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
6Column design1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 6.1, 6.2
7 - 9Wind load & Project Discussion1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 10.1
10Exam 11.2, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2
11 - 12Slope deflection method8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1
13 - 15Moment distribution method7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1
16Revision (Project due)7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1
17 - 18Exam 27.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

AS 1170.0 Structural design actions part 0: General principles
AS 1170.1 Structural design actions part 1: Permanent, imposed and other actions
AS1170.2 Structural design actions part 2: Wind actions
HB2.2 Australian Standards for civil engineering students - Structural engineering
“Onesteel – Hot rolled and structural products” catalogue
RMIT CIVE5679 Learning Guide
"Holmes and King “ Wind Action


Other Resources

- Multimedia Resources

Recommended Videos and DVDs

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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

This is a competency-based course and competency must be demonstrated for each element (shown above) to achieve competency for the course.
The elements and performance criteria are contained within the topics as listed in the teaching schedule on the BlackBoard.
Each topic will be assessed using the form of assessment and weighting shown below.
Please note that the topics listed in the assessment matrix below refer to the topics in the learning guide and teaching schedule and do not refer to the elements shown above.
Assignment task will require a student to demonstrate that all the tutorial problems have been genuinely attempted and need to be submitted as evidence of the work done in order to receive the allocated marks.

Assessment Matrix

  Assessment Matrix

Project       30 %
Exam 1       40 %
Exam 2       30 %



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Other Information

In this course, minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, report for practical work, and individual student-teacher course-related consultation.

Study and learning Support:

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Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to
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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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