Course Title: Concrete Structures 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Concrete Structures 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


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


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Susanna Lin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2023

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B251 F02 R066

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1265 Introduction to Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Course Description

The course covers the design of reinforced concrete structural elements of a building. It introduces you to structural analysis techniques and their application in the structural design of concrete buildings. In addition the material properties of concrete and its use as a construction material are addressed.

This course builds on your knowledge of statics and structural mechanics and steel structures. You will learn to apply structural analysis tools such as computer software combined with self-checking procedures in designing concrete building structures according to Australian design practices and processes. You will use these skills to analyse and design complex structures in later years of your program.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain design process necessary to idealising a reinforced concrete structure,  simplify a standard reinforced concrete building into a number of manageable idealised substructures and structural elements and construct their load paths.
  2. Interpret ultimate and serviceability limit state approaches in current structural design philosophy and identify concrete material properties relevant to design.
  3. Estimate primary design loads on structural elements such as beams and columns consulting appropriate standards and handbooks and combine primary design load cases as per design standards to find the critical load combination that governs design.
  4. Model building structure and analyse structural elements for design actions (such as design bending moment, design shear force and deflections) and design appropriate reinforced concrete structural elements to satisfy strength limit state criteria and serviceability criteria.
  5. Demonstrate effective team membership/leadership through a group project

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will be framed around viewing pre-recorded lecture videos, tutorials, laboratories, self-directed learning, group work and case studies

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

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture videos, slides and design examples are available online. Design standards and the recommended textbook are available from the RMIT library. Other resources will be made available on Canvas.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite assessment tasks namely the building design project, online quiz and concrete lab report. 

Note that: ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Building design project

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLO 1-4

Assessment Task 2: Online quiz

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLO 1-4

Assessment Task 3: Concrete lab report 

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLO 1-5