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CIV4508 Structural Design II

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering

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Examiner: Sourish Banerjee
Moderator: Thiru Aravinthan


Pre-requisite: CIV3505 and CIV3506 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS


This final year design Course represents the end point of many other courses including Engineering Statics, Stress Analysis, Structural Design I, Concrete Structures and Structural Analysis. The course applies the knowledge and skills developed in those earlier courses to the design of standard structural systems in an integrated approach. The course introduces complex loading evaluation and development of conceptual designs, influence lines for structures, methods of solving complex structural problems using structural analysis software, design and detailing of reinforced concrete structures including non-flexural reinforced concrete members using the strut-and-tie-model approach, analysis and design of steel members under combined loading actions and steel connections. This course also introduces advanced topics of structural dynamics.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate complex loading conditions and develop conceptual designs of structural systems;
  2. solve influence line problems;
  3. undertake complex structural analyses on frames and trusses using FEA software and check the validity of computer outputs;
  4. analyse, design and detail reinforced concrete structures including elements of walls and footings, framed structures and non-flexural reinforced concrete members using strut-and-tie approach;
  5. analyse and design steel structures under combined loading actions and steel connections;
  6. analyse simple structural dynamics problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Structural systems and advanced loading evaluation; 5.00
2. Influence lines for statically determinate structures; 10.00
3. Solving complex structural problems using FEA software; 5.00
4. Analysis and design practice in reinforced concrete structures; 35.00
5. Analysis and design practice in steel structures; 35.00
6. Advanced topics: Structural dynamics; 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 2003, Australian standards for civil engineering students: AS HB2.2 structural engineering, Standards Australia.
    (Or current edition. USQ Library has a subscription to Australian Standards Online from which the current edition can be accessed.)
  • Warner, RF, Foster, SJ & Kilpatrick, AE 2010, Reinforced concrete basics, analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures, 2nd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Gorenc, BE, Tinyou, R & Syam, A 2006, Steel designers handbook, 7th edn, University of NSW Press, Kensington, NSW.
  • Hibbeler, RC 2006, Structural Anaysis, 7th edn, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Singapore.
  • Hogan, TJ & Munter, SA 2007, Design of structural steel connections, AISC, Sydney.
  • Meriam, JL & Kraige, LG 1987, Engineering mechanics Vol 2. Dynamics SI version, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Warner, RF, Rangan, BV, Hall, AS & Faulkes, KA 1998, Concrete structures, Longman, Melbourne.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 48.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 53.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 02 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 30 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 200 20 28 May 2012
2 HOUR OPEN BOOK EXAM 500 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In an Open Examination, candidates may have access to any material during the Open examination except the following: electronic communication devices, bulky materials, devices requiring mains power and material likely to disturb other students.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.