Course Title: Prepare reinforced concrete drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: CIVE5662

Course Title: Prepare reinforced concrete drawings

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Chris Sanos
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Ph: 9925 8342

Teacher: Nicholas Georgiou
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Ph: 9925 4949

Nominal Hours: 60

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

EDX060 – Prepare basic mechanical and civil engineering drawings to AS 1100

MEM30001A - Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to interpret and use relevant concrete standards and codes to produce drawings for the detailing of reinforced concrete elements of buildings in accordance with accepted practices as outlined in AS 1100.501 and AS 3600.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC070B Prepare reinforced concrete drawings


01. Use relevant codes and current local practice in the production of reinforced concrete drawing related to the proper placement of reinforcement.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Given relevant data, use relevant codes to determine correct concrete cover requirements and placement of reinforcement in various reinforced concrete structural elements.


02. Draw concrete outlines using plans, sections, views and details.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Given relevant data, plans, sections, views and details are drawn to show the concrete outline of various reinforced concrete elements.


03. Identify, label and dimension reinforcement.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Given basic design information, steel reinforcement used in various reinforced concrete applications is drawn, labelled and dimensioned employing appropriate symbols, terminology, linework and lettering.


04.  Draw bar types and shapes, hooks, cogs, bends.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The various bar types, shapes, hooks, cogs and bends are correctly drawn.


05. Display bars and fabric with reference to other reinforcement, other elements, requirements of appropriate cover

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The location of bars and fabric is correctly shown on the drawing with reference to other reinforcement, structural elements and cover requirements.


06. Use appropriate system of bar markings to identify reinforcement

Performance Criteria:

6.1 An appropriate bar marking system is employed to correctly identify different reinforcement.


07. Prepare bar schedules and calculation of steel quantities.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Given relevant data, steel reinforcement schedules are prepared and shown on the drawing.


08. Determine appropriate splice length and anchorage lengths to satisfy various conditions.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Relevant data is extracted from the SAA Concrete Structure Code and applied to determine correct splice and anchorage length.


09. Detail construction and expansion joints

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Given relevant data construction and expansion joints are correctly detailed.


10.  Consider other design and drafting disciplines involved in a stuctural design project.

Performance Criteria:

10.1 The types of design and drafting activities that make up a major structural design project are understood and used to inform personal work practices.
10.2 The interaction required between disciplines to ensure that all aspects of the project are considered prior to commencing detailed drafting is understood and used to inform personal work practices.
10.3 Drawings from other major disciplines involved in a major design project which need to be interpreted in order to avoid unnecessary construction clashes is understood and used to inform personal work practices.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will use the Planning and Time Management chart in the learning material to assist them through the course. The chart lists all your topics and their learning outcomes, and the activities and assessments to complete. Following this chart is the best way to monitor your progress and ensure you meet all deadlines.

This course runs for an 9 week duration (approximately 4 hours per week) consisting of both; in-class time and out of hours study. Students are expected to complete the project assessment either during scheduled class time or in their own time.

Students will submit their assessment projects and activities as indicated in the Learning Guide and feedback on activities and assessments will be provided during and after submission.

All work must be presented as specified by your teacher and as per the instructions in the learning guide. Students are required to be professional in both presentation and attitude, including meeting of deadlines. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Students must ensure they have read the plagiarism statement in the Course Outlines online.

A schedule of assessments can be found below and in the learning guides.

Teaching Schedule

Week   Topics Delivered Elements /
Performance Criteria               

• Concrete and Steel relation
• Soil Tests
• Slabs
• Grids
• Slabs, beams and ground floor layout  

1.1, 2.1

2• 1st floor slabs, column, beam construction1.1, 2.1
3• Footing detailing and construction

1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1,
5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1

4• Drafting footing and details

1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1,
5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1


• Reinforcement in slabs and how to detail beams
• Drafting beams and reinforcement

1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1,
5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1
6• Retaining walls and their importance and structure1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1,
5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1
7• Construction joints, varieties and their importance1.1, 2.1, 9.1
8• Competency Test
• Working with other disciplines to complete and engineering project
1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1
7.1, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. AS/NZS 1100.101 - Drawing Standards
2. AS/NZS 1100.501 - Technical Drawing - Sturctural Engineering Drawing
3. AS/NZS 3600 - Concrete Structures Code
4. AS/NZS 2870 - Residential Slabs and Footings
5. HB 2.2 Australian Standards for Civil Engineering Students Part 2: Structural Engineering
6. AS/NZS 1170.0 Structural Design Actions Part 0: General Principles
7. Darvall, P Reinforced and Pressed Concrete
8. Warner, R Concrete Structures
9. Beletich, A Design Handbook for Reinforced Concrete Elements
10. Onesteel- Technical Information Cross Sectional Areas of Reinforcement
11. Gladfelter, Donnie AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: No Experience Required
12. Onstott, Scott AutoCAD 2015 Essentials
13. AS1100.101- 1992 Australian Standard Technical Drawing 
The above references are either accessed for free via the RMIT Library or will be provided in class to students. Student will not have to purchase any references for this course.

Other Resources

  • Students can obtain the latest, free educational version of Autocad from the Autodeask website for out of class work.
  • Weblinks
  • In class videos

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

Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are drawing based assessments to be completed on the CAD program taught in class. Each assessment gradually steps up in degrees of difficulty as the student develops and gains greater experience with the program and Engineering concepts. Below is a Marking Guideline to assist students understand the grading system and what it takes to achieve a higher grade and improve their performance. A Marking guideline matrix appears in the learning guide for this course.

Students must achieve a result of >50% combined for the assessment tasks and >50% for the competency test to pass this course.

If a re-submission is granted, or an alternative assessment offered and a pass grade achieved, then students will not be eligible for a grade higher than 50% regardless of the standard of work.

Assessment 1- Footing Plan and Ground Floor Plan (10%)
Students must draw a footing and ground floor plan of an office building to AS1100 and class specifications

• Assessment 1- 1st Floor Plan (20%)
Students must draw the first floor plan of an office building to AS1100 and class specifications

• Assessment 2- Column and Footing Detail (20%)
Students must draw a column and footing detail of an office building to AS1100 and class specifications

• Assessment 2- Beam Elevation Details (10%)
Students must draw beam elevations of an office building to AS1100 and class specifications

• Assessment 3- Retaining Wall Plan and Details (10%)
Students must draw and detail a retaining wall of an office building to AS1100 and class specifications

• Assessment 3- Construction Joint Details (10%)
Students must detail a variety of construction joints for an office building to AS1100 and class specifications 
• Assessment 4- Competency Test (20%)
Students must sit a competency test of a constryuction detail

Assessment Matrix

  EDC070B Elements & Performance Criteria
 1.1 2.1 3.1 4.1 5.1 6.17.1  8.1 9.110.1  10.210.3 
 Assessment 1 x x          
 Assessment 2 x x x x x x x x    
 Assessment 3 x x x x x x x x x   
 Assessment 4 x x x x x x x   x x x

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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