ENEC14014 - Structural and Geotechnical Design
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will analyse, design and prepare documentation for major civil engineering projects involving a broad range of investigation and design activities. You will establish project requirements and determine design loads and conditions, analyse structures and design components using Australian Standards and/or relevant guidance. You will use commercial computer software to analyse and design the structures with various design actions; conduct site investigations, test and characterise geotechnical materials, design foundations and earth retaining structures, and make assessments of geotechnical stability. In this unit you are expected to document the process of modelling, testing and analysis and communicate, work and learn, both individually and in teams in a professional manner. If you are enrolled in distance mode, you will be required to attend a residential school during the term.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: (ENEC12012 Stress Analysis or ENEC13010 Solid Mechanics) AND ENEC12008 Geotechnical Engineering AND (ENEC13015 Steel & Timber Design or ENEC13011 Steel Structures) AND (ENEC13016 Concrete Technology & Design or ENEC14013 Concrete Structures)

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Mixed Mode
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 40%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Portfolio 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Overall the course was delivered in more structured way. Assessment tasks are clearly defined and necessary supports/instructions were given by the staff to assist students to successfully complete the assessments . Moodle Continue with current course structure and delivery including clearly defined assessment and student support from teaching staff.
Assessment policy is clear and easy to understand Moodle Continue with current course structure and delivery including clearly defined assessment and student support from teaching staff.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Calculate various types of loads acting on a structural system and provide a rationale for applied load combinations
  2. Analyse and design complex structural components using appropriate Australian Standards
  3. Describe and demonstrate site investigation and geotechnical testing techniques used to characterise sites and geotechnical materials
  4. Analyse, assess and design foundations and earth retaining structures and assess stability of slopes
  5. Analyse and/or design structural and geotechnical components using appropriate software
  6. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and team work

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio    
3 - Portfolio    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Portfolio  

Prescribed Textbooks

Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete
Author/s: Yew-Chaye Loo, Sanaul H. Chowdhury Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd Edition Publisher: Cambridge University Press
City: Melbourne State: VIC
Country: Australia
Soil Mechanics and Foundations
Author/s: Muni Budhu Year: 2010
Edition: 3rd Edition Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Design of Prestressed Concrete to AS3600-2009
Author/s: Gilbert, R. I., Mickleborough, N. C., Ranzi, G. Year: 2015
Edition: 2nd Edition Publisher: CRC Press
City: Boca Raton State: FL
Country: USA
Foundation Design: Principles and Practices
Author/s: Coduto, D. P., Kitch, W. A., Yeung, M. R. Year: 2015
Edition: 3rd Edition Publisher: Pearson
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

Prescribed textbook for Geotechnical Design (Soil Mechanics and Foundations) is the same textbook you used for the prerequisites unit ENEC12008.

In addition to the text book, students must have access to Australian Standards and SA HB 108-2013 Timber Design Handbook (available through university library website) also required for the unit. Full list of required standards are available on the unit website.

List of recommenced reading books/papers may be available from the unit website, as necessary.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Any FEM and Design Software
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorThuraichamy Suntharavadivel (t.suntharavadivel@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Lecture 1: Course Introduction & Timber Design I

Lecture 2: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundation I

Structural Design: Introduction to Timber Design; Limit state design (AS1720.1)

Geotechnical Design: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations

Week 2 13-03-2017

Lecture 1: Timber Design II

Lecture 2: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundation II

Structural Design: Design of tension, compression and bending members; Combined actions (AS1720.1)

Geotechnical Design: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations

Week 3 20-03-2017

Lecture 1: Timber Design III

Lecture 2: Bearing Capacity of Deep Foundation I

Structural Design: Design of connections (AS1720.1)

Geotechnical Design: Pile Foundations

Week 4 27-03-2017

Lecture 1: Structural Tutorials (Timber Design)

Lecture 2: Bearing Capacity of Deep Foundation II

Structural Design: Tutorials

Geotechnical Design: Pile Foundations

Week 5 03-04-2017

Lecture 1: Reinforced Concrete Design using Strut-and-tie model

Lecture 2: Geotechnical Tutorials

Structural Design: Reinforced Concrete Design

Geotechnical Design: Tutorials

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Mid-term break

Week 6 17-04-2017

Lecture 1: Prestressed Concrete Design I

Lecture 2: Retaining Wall I

Structural Design: Introduction to prestressed concrete design; Prestress force and tendon profile

Geotechnical Design: Retaining wall

Team Portfolio Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 AM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Lecture 1: Prestressed Concrete Design II

Lecture 2: Retaining Wall II

Structural Design: Losses; Ultimate design checks

Geotechnical Design: Retaining wall

Week 8 01-05-2017

Lecture 1: Structural Tutorials (Prestressed Concrete Design)

Lecture 2: Slope Stability

Structural Design: Prestressed Concrete Design

Geotechnical Design: Slope Stability

Week 9 08-05-2017

Lecture 1: Application of FEA in Structural Engineering

Lecture 2: Site Investigation

Structural Design: Use of FEA software in structural engineering analysis and design

Geotechnical Design: Site Investigation

Residential School [08 May - 10 May]

Week 10 15-05-2017

Lecture 1: Tutorials (as required)

Lecture 2: Tutorials (as required)

Tutorials

Week 11 22-05-2017

Lecture 1: Tutorials (as required)

Lecture 2: Tutorials (as required)

Tutorials
Week 12 29-05-2017

No lectures in this week - Both Individual Project Portfolios are due this week [Wednesday]

Individual Portfolio 1 (Structural Design) Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Individual Portfolio 2 (Geotechnical Design) Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Please read ENEC14014: General Information available in the unit website.

Practical Classes for on-campus students will be scheduled after week 6. Detail of the laboratory timetable will be available in Week 3.Distance students will complete all practicals during the residential school.

Due to multi-campus delivery of the unit, workshop timetable will be available from unit website separately.

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Team Portfolio
Task Description

Objective:

The aim of this assessment is to allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts, theories and processes developed in both Structural and Geotechnical Engineering topics covered in the program. This may include, but is not limited to structural analysis, calculation of design actions, concrete design, steel design, timber design, prestressed concrete design, consolidation, slope stability, site investigation, earth retaining wall and foundation design.

Formal assessment is by submission of a portfolio which contains evidence of all the individual work that the student has performed throughout the term. A portfolio is used to allow individuals to choose evidence that demonstrates to the satisfaction of course assessors how the learning outcomes have been met and to what level.

A Portfolio Brief detailing the requirements for Portfolio, including required pieces of work, will be available on the course Website in Week 1. Students must read and follow the guidance and timeline to complete the project successfully.

This assessment is based on team project and single portfolio must be submitted by each team.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Please see the project brief
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Grades for the assessment will be determined based on the evidence and substantiation of attainment of the Learning Outcomes.

After submission of the portfolio, a short interview (viva) may be scheduled for each student. Students must be prepared to answer any questions raised by the facilitator/lecturer. The questions will be based on their individual achievement/work and the work the team has produced. The interview also used as assessment tool and an unsatisfactory performance during interview may affect the grade.

Omission of any of the required items as specified in the Portfolio Brief will automatically result in a Fail grade.

Students will receive feedback after two weeks of the interview.

Individual Student's Grade:

Initially team submission will be assessed and a grade will be given for each team. Then individual grade will be determined based on their contribution and performance during the viva. Each student's contribution will be determined by peer assessment. It may be possible individual grade may be higher than team marks, but capped at maximum marks for the assessment.

Example: Individual contributions of 3 students in Team A are given below. This Team A received 36 marks (out of 40) for their portfolio.
M1 - 30%; M2 - 33%; M3 - 37% (Total 100%)
Based on the contribution, Individual marks are given as follow.
M1 = 36 x (30/33.3) = 32.4 (out of 40)
M2 = 36 x (33/33.3) = 35.6 (out of 40)
M3 = 36 x (37/33.3) = 40.0 (out of 40)

If the performance in the viva is not at the satisfactory level, the above individual marks will be multiplied by 0.5 and given as final marks for this assessment item.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the total marks for the assignment are required to pass this course
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

It is not expected that students will type up workbook/calculations. Students should scan hand calculations for online submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Calculate various types of loads acting on a structural system and provide a rationale for applied load combinations

2. Analyse and design complex structural components using appropriate Australian Standards

3. Describe and demonstrate site investigation and geotechnical testing techniques used to characterise sites and geotechnical materials

4. Analyse, assess and design foundations and earth retaining structures and assess stability of slopes

5. Analyse and/or design structural and geotechnical components using appropriate software

6. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and team work

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Individual Portfolio 1 (Structural Design)
Task Description

Objective:

The aim of this assessment is to allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts, theories and processes developed in Structural Engineering topics covered in the program. This may include, but is not limited to structural analysis, calculation of design actions, concrete design, steel design, timber design and prestressed concrete design.

Formal assessment is by submission of a portfolio which contains evidence of all the individual work that the student has performed throughout the term. A portfolio is used to allow individuals to choose evidence that demonstrates to the satisfaction of course assessors how the learning outcomes have been met and to what level.

A Portfolio Brief detailing the requirements for Portfolio, including required pieces of work, will be available on the course Website in Week 6. Students must read and follow the guidance and timeline to complete the project successfully.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after the interview
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Grades for the assessment will be determined based on the evidence and substantiation of attainment of the Learning Outcomes.

After submission of the portfolio, a short interview (viva) will be scheduled for each student. Students must be prepared to answer any questions raised by the facilitator/lecturer. The questions will be based on their individual achievement/work and the work they produced. The interview also used as assessment tool and an unsatisfactory performance during interview may affect the grade*.

Omission of any of the required items as specified in the Portfolio Brief will automatically result in a Fail grade.

* If the performance in the viva is not at the satisfactory level, the marks obtained from the submission will be multiplied by 0.5 and awarded as final marks for this assessment.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the total marks for the assignment are required to pass this course
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

One Report for team

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Describe and demonstrate site investigation and geotechnical testing techniques used to characterise sites and geotechnical materials

4. Analyse, assess and design foundations and earth retaining structures and assess stability of slopes

5. Analyse and/or design structural and geotechnical components using appropriate software

6. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and team work

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title Individual Portfolio 2 (Geotechnical Design)
Task Description

Objective:

The aim of this assessment is to allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts, theories and processes developed in Geotechnical Engineering topics covered in the program. This may include, but is not limited to consolidation, slope stability, site investigation, earth retaining wall and foundation design.

Formal assessment is by submission of a portfolio which contains evidence of all the individual work that the student has performed throughout the term. A portfolio is used to allow individuals to choose evidence that demonstrates to the satisfaction of course assessors how the learning outcomes have been met and to what level.

A Portfolio Brief detailing the requirements for Portfolio, including required pieces of work, will be available on the course Website in Week 6. Students must read and follow the guidance and timeline to complete the project successfully.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the final grade released
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Grades for the assessment will be determined based on the evidence and substantiation of attainment of the Learning Outcomes.

After submission of the portfolio, a short interview (viva) will be scheduled for each student. Students must be prepared to answer any questions raised by the facilitator/lecturer. The questions will be based on their individual achievement/work and the work they produced. The interview also used as assessment tool and an unsatisfactory performance during interview may affect the grade*.

Omission of any of the required items as specified in the Portfolio Brief will automatically result in a Fail grade.

* If the performance in the viva is not at the satisfactory level, the marks obtained from the submission will be multiplied by 0.5 and awarded as final marks for this assessment.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the total marks for the assignment are required to pass this course
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Calculate various types of loads acting on a structural system and provide a rationale for applied load combinations

2. Analyse and design complex structural components using appropriate Australian Standards

5. Analyse and/or design structural and geotechnical components using appropriate software

6. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and team work

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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