Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: CIVE5679

Course Title: Determine design actions and analyse structures

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

Course Co-ordinator/Teacher: Anirban Khastagir


Phone: 99254087

Room: 57.05.34

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


10. Write report

Performance Criteria:

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


1. Use AS/NZS 1170 Parts 0 & 1 to calculate permanent and imposed actions on simple structural elements

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

4. Design of beams and columns for limit state design


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

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 actions.

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

  • Calculation of dead loads, live loads, wind loads and liquid pressure on structural elements
  •  Detailed analysis of a simply supported beam including calculations for simple bending, shear, deflection, local buckling and lateral buckling
  •   Detailed analysis of a structural member subjected to compression loads
  • Analysis of continuous beams
  • Analysis of simple rectangular frames
  • Distribution of forces at joints in accordance with the Elements stiffness
  • Using the Internet research AS/NZS 1170 Part 0, 1 & 2 and identify the clauses required for the calculation of dead loads, live loads and wind loads

Teaching Schedule

1-2Dead load and live load
3-5Wind Load
6Liquid Pressure
7Beam design
8Cplomn Design
10Mid semester Exam
11Moment Distribution Method (Beam)
12Slope Deflection Method (Beam)
13Moment Distribution Method (Frame)
14Slope Deflection Method (Frame)
15Sway effect- Frame
16Revesion class
17Final Exam

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

Holmes and King “ Wind Action”


Other Resources

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


Assessment tasks for this course are as follows:

Topic 1,2,3,4 - Mid-semester exam
Topic 3       - Project
Topic 2 Assignment
Topic 5,6,7,8,9 - End of semester exam

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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