Design of Concrete Structures

CVE20003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to provide students with knowledge and skills to design reinforced concrete structural elements including: beams, slabs and columns according to Australian Standards AS3600. Students will also be equipped to analyse indeterminate structures using approximate methods of analysis.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Recognise the basis for current codified structural design philosophy. (K1,K3,K5)
2. Specify the constituents of concrete and its properties. (K1,K3,K5)
3. Design reinforced concrete beams, one way slabs and columns. (K1,K3,K5,S3)
4. Determine the static degree of indeterminacy for beams, frames and trusses. (K1,K3,S1,S2)
5. Use the virtual work method to calculate deflections. (K1,K3,S1,S2)
6. Apply the force (flexibility) method to analyse indeterminate beams and frames. (K1,K3,S1,S2)
7. Work effectively in small groups to design a reinforced concrete structure considering different loading actions, serviceability and ultimate limit states. (K3,S1,S2,S3,A2,A4,A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.