Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the structural design of reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete members. Topics include the structural design of reinforced concrete slabs (including two way slabs and flat plates), beams, columns and footings; and pre-stressed concrete beams.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand basic reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete concepts

2. Apply relevant design processes to reinforced concrete structures

3. Demonstrate their understanding of sizing of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete members

4. Structurally design a realistic structure

5. Design and check for serviceability (crack and deflection) and ultimate limit state conditions in accordance with the Australian Standard AS3600-2009

6. Comparatively assess and critique ultimate and serviceability limit state design conditions between the Australian Standard AS3600-2009 and major international RC design codes


  • Materials:  concrete, reinforcing and pre-stressing steel
  • Design process and analysis of concrete structures
  • Design of reinforced concrete slabs, beams, columns and footings and pre-stressed concrete beams
  • Design and detailing of connections in concrete structures


This course has similar content to CIVL3160. If you have completed CIVL3160, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Content from CIVL2130 Theory of Structures 1

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Design Assignment 1 - Design Methodology & Load Paths

Written Assignment: Design Assignment 2 - Continuous T-Beam Design

Written Assignment: Design Assignment 3 - Two-Way Slab Design

Written Assignment: Design Assignment 4 - Two-Way Flat Plat Design

Written Assignment: Design Assignment 5 - Column and Pad Footing Design

Quiz: Quiz - Pre-stressed Concrete Design

Formal Examination: Final exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to obtain at least 25 marks out of 50 in the final examination in order to pass the course irrespective of their performance in other assessment items.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1