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CIVL6264: Composite Steel-Concrete Structures (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL6264: Composite Steel-Concrete Structures (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ranzi, Gianluca
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL5264.
Brief Handbook Description: Students will understand the basic principles for the design of composite steel-concrete structures. In particular, they will develop an understanding of the procedures required for the design of composite beams, slabs and columns. Design guidelines will reflect requirements of the Australian Standards and international codes.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Ranzi, Gianluca
Hewitt, John
Uy, Brian
Timetable: CIVL6264 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorial

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Design for strength and serviceability in accordance with relevant Australian guidelines
2. Ability to account for fire and dynamic considerations in design
3. Ability to evaluate different floor systems in terms of structural efficiency
4. Ability to undertake cross-sectional analyses and modelling of composite members
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 15.00 Week 7 1, 4,
2 Quiz* No 30.00 Week 7 1, 4,
3 Assignment 2 No 15.00 Week 12 4,
4 Final exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the lecture of the due week. A 10% penalty/day will be applied to late submission.

There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction of the overall design procedure adopted in a real composite building application.
Week 2 Design for strength in accordance with Australian design guidelines.
Week 3 Design for serviceability in accordance with Australian design guidelines.
Week 4 Design of beams and columns in accordance with European design guidelines.
Week 5 Design of floor beams with web openings.
Week 6 Revision. Applications and research of composite structures.
Week 7 Mid-term Quiz
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Assessment Due: Quiz*
Week 8 Composite design in accordance with AS/NZS 2327.
Week 9 Fire design.
Week 10 Composite dynamic behaviour.
Week 11 Case study: Design examples on composite floor members.
Week 12 Introduction to floor design based on commonly available design aids.
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 13 An overview of current trends in composite construction.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2016
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2016

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.