Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: CIVE5679

Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Nominal Hours: 60

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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


1. Write a technical report 

Performance Criteria:

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


2. Use AS1170 Parts 0 & 1 to calculate dead load and live load on simple structural elements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate data is extracted from AS 1170 Part 1
2.2 The appropriate value of dead load and live load is calculated for given conditions.
2.3 The combined effect of dead load and live load is calculated using the relevant load combinations from AS 1170 Part 0.


3. Calculate loading on structural elements due to liquid pressure

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The member force in a simple rectangular frame restrained against sway can be calculated.
4.2 The moment distribution method can be used to analyse simple sway restrained and non-restrained structures.


5. Carry out a detailed analysis of a simply supported beam including calculations for simple bending, shear, deflection, local buckling and lateral buckling

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The bending strength of a simply supported beam can be calculated – including simple bending stress, local plate buckling and lateral buckling.
5.2 The shear strength of a simply supported beam can be calculated.
5.3 The deflection in a simply supported beam can be calculated


6. Carry out a detailed analysis of a structural member subject to compression loads

Performance Criteria:

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


7. Carry out analysis of continuous beams

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The member forces in a continuous beam can be calculated.
7.2 The redundant forces in a simple continuous beam can be calculated using work-energy principles.


8. Carry out analysis of simple rectangular frames

Performance Criteria:

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


9. Use the simplified procedure from AS1170 Part 2 to calculate wind load on simple structural elements

Performance Criteria:

9.1 AS 1170 Part 2 is used to extract relevant data related to wind loading.
9.2 The wind load on a structural element is calculated using the simplified procedure from AS 1170 Part 2.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Refer to the Learning Guide on the course BlackBoard

Teaching Schedule

Refer to the Teaching Schedule on the course BlackBoard

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


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including in-class and home study exercises, written tests, practical problem-solving exercises and, where appropriate, group submissions. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

Topic 1,4 - Mid-semester exam
Topic 2 - Mid-semester exam and Project
Topic 3 - Mid-semester exam and Assignment
Topic 5,6,7,8 - End of semester exam

Assessment Matrix

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