Course Title: Concrete Structures 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Concrete Structures 1

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2023

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

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed CIVE1265 Introduction to Civil & Infrastructure Engineering before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.   


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 Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
BH088CIH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
PLO 5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
PLO 6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.
PLO 7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours)
BH088CIHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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 Engineering Application Ability
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.4. Professional use and management of information.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as viewing pre-recorded lecture videos, tutorials, laboratories, self-directed learning, group work and case studies. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.  

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 2: Online quiz
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 3: Concrete lab report 
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.