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Unit description

Extends students’ knowledge of structural analysis, materials and construction to the design of complete structures to a specified brief. Introduces students to the design of steel structures. Enables students to calculate loads and design specific structural elements to develop solutions that satisfy strength and serviceability limit states in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4100. Develops students' ability to produce engineering sketches suitable to convey engineering solutions to drafting personnel.

Unit content

Introduction to steel structures 

Limit States Design

Calculation of wind loads

Design of steel members under tension, compression, bending, shear and combined actions

Design of connections 

Design of portal frame
 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an ability to undertake the process of identifying and formulating design problemsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
2design structural elements and entire structures to meet stipulated function and performance objectivesKnowledge of a discipline
3use relevant Australian Standards and codes of practice to analyse and design structuresKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of steel as a structural materialKnowledge of a discipline
5design connections and structural steel members in tension, compression, bending and combined actionsKnowledge of a discipline
6demonstrate an ability to reduce a complex design project to a set of discrete tasks which are tractable and yet lead to a practical and appropriate overall solutionIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
7produce effective and accurate sketches suitable to communicate design ideas to drafting personnel.CreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to undertake the process of identifying and formulating design problems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. design structural elements and entire structures to meet stipulated function and performance objectives
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. use relevant Australian Standards and codes of practice to analyse and design structures
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of steel as a structural material
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. design connections and structural steel members in tension, compression, bending and combined actions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate an ability to reduce a complex design project to a set of discrete tasks which are tractable and yet lead to a practical and appropriate overall solution
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. produce effective and accurate sketches suitable to communicate design ideas to drafting personnel.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Australian Standard , 1998, AS 4100-1998: Steel Structures.
  • Australian Standard, 2011, AS/NZ 1170.2-2011: Structural design actions (Part 2: Wind actions).
  • Bradford, MA, Bridge, RQ, & Trahair, NS, 2013, Worked examples for steel structures – According to strength limit states of AS4100-1998, 4th edn, AISC, Sydney.
  • Gorenc, B, Tinyou, R & Syam, A, 2012, Steel designers' handbook, 8th edn, UNSW Press, NSW, Australia. ISBN: 9781742233413.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Project report20%
Reflective writing10%
Exam: open book50%
Quiz20%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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