This subject provides students from non-engineering backgrounds with a basic understanding of building structures and soil mechanics. Fundamental concepts of structural engineering such as calculation of forces and reactions, resolution of forces in frames, bending moments and shear forces are introduced. Structural connections are detailed. Different ground conditions are identified and the characteristics of various foundation materials are examined. The design and adequacy of various footing systems in different materials are investigated.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Structures and Soil Mechanics|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at all sessions (lectures and seminars) is strongly encouraged. Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in seminars will be monitored, and could affect the final mark in this subject. The seminars commonly involve interactive activities and discussions to foster and develop a deep understanding of the coursework and these discussions may not be be captured effectively by "lecture capture". It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on content missed through non-attendance and to obtain any materials that were physically handed out during the lectures and seminars from the course educator during consultation hours.|
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Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Understand the loads that impact on structures and be able to do simple calculations to show how these are resisted by structural elements.
- Understand the properties of different foundation materials and be able to design simple footings and retaining walls to suit.
- Understand the basis of the structural design of concrete, steel and timber elements and be able to do simple calculations relating to the design of such elements.
- Understand how trusses perform and be able to perform basic calculations to discover the forces within truss elements.
- Be able to determine bracing requirements for residential buildings.
- Understand how multi-storey buildings behave structurally.
- Have some knowledge of the structural behaviour of other materials such as glass, bricks and prestressed concrete.
|Case Analysis §||Case Study||30%||Week 11||1, 2, 3, 6, 7.|
|Paper-based Examination (Closed)||Final exam||50%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)||Open book - Online Mid-semester exam||20%||Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period)||1, 3.|
Students must achieve a minimum 50% cumulative total for all assessment items to be eligible to pass this subject.
- § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Additional subject information
Student's will be notified of all assessment grades (except final exam) through the "My Grades" link in iLearn. The final grade for the subject will be accessible through the student portal. Specific marks for the final exam may be obtained by requesting it from the course contact after the final grade has been released.
This topic covers an introductory discussion on 'Structures', structural engineering and the aims and objectives of this subject.
This topic introduces a lot of fundamental concepts to the understanding of engineering basics including forces, equilibrium equations, support conditions and the idea of stress and strain.
This topic introduces the primary structural materials that are used in the construction industry. The advantages and disadvantages are outlined and management strategies of material specific issues (e.g. rust) are also discussed.
This topic introduces the design actions (loads) imparted on a structure and how these are determined and considered in appropriate load combinations (limit state design).
This topic discusses in detail the theoretical basis used in the calculation and application of loads to structures during design. Load types are discussed and presented as well as discussion and understanding of load paths and force transfer through tributary areas.
This topic introduces the concept of tension and compression members including an introduction and discussion on trusses. This includes both practical and theoretical consideration of truss systems
This topic covers the concept of bending in structural members. This includes discussions of deflection, bending moment diagrams and shear force diagrams.
This topic introduces the concept of stability and considers this aspect of structures from a local and global perspective.
This topic covers the structural principle of 'serviceability', with a focus on vibration and describes the design process for this consideration. Connection details and force types or transfer through connections are also presented.
Given the dominance of this material in the construction industry, this topic delves deeper into the technical details and practical applications of this construction material. This includes a discussion of normally reinforces and and pre-stressed concrete. There is also an in depth discussion on the numerous variations of reinforced concrete structural systems. This includes considerations of a range of available options including various suspended in-situ concrete floors, slabs on grade and pre-cast systems
This topic covers the ground conditions related to structures. It considers local ground conditions, possible ground improvements as well as the various footing systems available based on several job/project characteristics
This topic covers an introduction into the background of sustainability considerations for the built environment with a specific focus on how structural engineers can positively influence outcomes.