Course Title: Apply timber technology to engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5584

Course Title: Apply timber technology to engineering

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@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:

EDX160 Apply timber technology to engineering

Element:

List the properties and report on specifications of commonly used engineered timber products in construction

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain the terms “Plywood”, “Laminate” and Reconstituted Wood Panels” and detail common uses of each.
1.2 Detail the properties and uses of engineered structural timber products and compare with alternative products.
1.3 Report on the specification of engineered timber products

Element:

Code to select sizes of timber for specified building purposes

Performance Criteria:

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Element:

List and describe common methods of fixing timber and timber joints

Performance Criteria:

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Element:

List and describe defects, causes of degradation, preservation and protection systems, suitable for engineering timber products

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:

State the properties, quality standards, testing, performance and visual characteristics of timber and timber products

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

Timber Framing

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

Use the National

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Produce diagrams to show the construction of timber framed buildings.
5.2 Label diagrams to name the timber elements of the building.
5.3 Size the timber elements in accordance with the code.
5.4 Show alternative methods of construction where appropriate.


Learning Outcomes


List the properties and report on specifications of commonly used engineered timber products in construction


Code to select sizes of timber for specified building purposes

List and describe common methods of fixing timber and timber joints

List and describe defects, causes of degradation, preservation and protection systems, suitable for engineering timber products

State the properties, quality standards, testing, performance and visual characteristics of timber and timber products

Timber Framing

Use the National


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 for details.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Overview of Assessment

This unit will be assessed in the classroom environment using holistic assessment, based on typical workplace activities.
Assessment of this unit will involve completion of a 2 hour end-of-course examination


Assessment Tasks

Written report:
This report features aspects related to engineered timber products, there properties, use, and details regarding there specification.

This report has a pass grade of 50% and will contribute 30% 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:
Your course coordinator/tutor will give you specific test instructions for the semester of your study, including:
• Date and time 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 Design calculations for timber framing related to AS 1684.4
• 2 hours duration.
This test has a pass grade of 50% and will contribute 70% 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 CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
4 Short Written report 30% Week 6
All Test 70% Week 9

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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