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CIV4803 Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Mech &Tech of Fibre Composites
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030903 - Structural Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Allan Manalo


Pre-requisite: CIV3506 or (MEC2402 and MEC3203)

Other requisites

This is a mirror course to CIV8803 Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites. Students who have successfully completed CIV4803 cannot enrol in CIV8803.


Components and structures manufactured from fibre reinforced polymer composites are used increasingly in a variety of industries. Composite materials have many desirable properties over conventional metallic materials including high corrosion resistance, high strength to weight ratio, and they can easily be optimised to suit any applied load. Moreover, composites are durable materials which are important in attaining a more sustainable and almost maintenance free infrastructure. However, there is still a lack of practicing engineers who are trained to design and use fibre composite materials.


This course provides knowledge and theory on the governing principles of fibre composite materials and structures, characterization, performance and other technical aspects relating to the design and use of fibre composites in various engineering applications.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. review and communicate the recent advances in composite materials, constituent materials of composites, and composite manufacturing processes;
  2. predict the mechanical properties of composite materials;
  3. analyse unidirectional lamina and laminates;
  4. evaluate and critique the techniques used for composite property evaluation;
  5. appraise and report the desirability of composite materials and structures in various engineering applications.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to composites and its application, materials and fabrication processes 10.00
2. Properties of unidirectional composites 20.00
3. Analysis of composite lamina and laminates 20.00
4. Property evaluation of composite materials 15.00
5. Analysis of composite structures and how they are joined 30.00
6. Miscellaneous topics 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Bank, LC 2006, Composites for construction: structural design with FRP materials, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Barbero, EJ 2017, Introduction to composite materials design, 3rd edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 45.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 250 25 26 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 250 25 20 Apr 2021
Assignment 3 500 50 07 Jun 2021

  1. Assignment 1 comprises online quizzes and online technical discussions which will be assessed throughout 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-. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of Engineers Australia.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021