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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures and, to a lesser extent, of prestressed concrete design in accordance to the latest Australian Standard AS 3600-2018. The basic properties of concrete and reinforcing steel are investigated, and the influence of these properties on reinforced concrete design examined. Design for serviceability, strength, durability and robustness is addressed. Students are introduced to modern methods of analysing and designing basic structural elements, and assembling these elements into simple structural frames. The basic elements considered are beams, slabs, columns, footings, and retaining walls. Prestressed concrete beam topics include history, uncracked section analysis, equivalent loads, load-balancing, cracked section analysis (linear-elastic and ultimate), design for bending, shear, transfer, anchorage.

This unit will also provide students with opportunities to develop the following graduate attributes: the capacity for analytical and independent critical thinking; skills related to lifelong learning, such as self-reflection (ability to apply theory to practice in familiar and unfamiliar situations); and collaborative and teamwork skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) write professional reports of project design and apply appropriate analysis techniques in the design process ; (2) explain concrete technology and basic prestressed concrete concepts ; (3) design simply supported, cantilevered and continuous beams for strength in bending and shear, anchorage length, deflection and crack control; (4) design one-way and two-way slabs; (5) design short and slender columns for combined axial and bending actions; (6) design concentrically or eccentrically loaded isolated rectangular spread footings; (7) design retaining walls; and (8) design concrete structures for durability.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group beam testing and attendance; (2) quizzes; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Farhad Aslani
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
practical classes: 12 hours
workshops: 12 hours

Foster, S. J., Kilpatrick, A. E. and Warner, R. F. Reinforced Concrete Basics 2E: Pearson Education Australia 2010

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