Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Frank Collins/Dr Ye Lu


This unit introduces students to concrete technology, reinforced concrete and masonry design. Three major topics areas are basic concrete materials technology, reinforced concrete analysis and design, and masonry basics and design. The unit provides a balanced coverage of the practical construction aspects, analytical methods and design aspects.


At the completion of this unit students should have the following knowledge and skills:

  1. basic concepts in concrete technology
  2. types of cements, aggregates, and admixtures in concrete
  3. properties of fresh and hardened concrete
  4. concepts of strength and serviceability limit states, load and capacity reduction factors
  5. specifications for durability and fire resistance
  6. preparation and critical evaluation of concrete specifications
  7. concrete mix design and ability to assess concrete mix proportions for various applications
  8. estimation of loads and their representation on structures
  9. basic analysis of slabs in the floor system
  10. detailed computer analysis of frames
  11. design and detail reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns for strength and serviceability limit states
  12. interpret and use concrete structures and loading codes of practice
  13. use available analysis and design computer packages and other design aids
  14. basic design of masonry walls
  15. preparation of design drawings.


Practical/project work, tests and laboratory work: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeffrey Walker

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week