Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 2012,
Term2 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

National Competency Codes and Titles

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.

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

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

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

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

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

07. Carry out analysis of continuous beams.

08. Carry out analysis of simple rectangular frames.

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

10. Write report.

Learning Outcomes


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