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CIVL6264: Composite Steel-Concrete Structures

Students will understand the basic principles for the design of composite steel-concrete structures. In particular, they will develop an understanding of the procedures required for the design of composite beams, slabs and columns. Design guidelines will reflect requirements of the Australian Standards and international codes.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL6264
Unit name Composite Steel-Concrete Structures
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Brian Uy,
Lecturer(s) Brian Mark Uy ,
Tutor(s) Dongxu Li ,
Sina Kazemzadeh Azad,
Mahbub Hossain Khan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
50% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 1
25% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Assignment 2
25% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to composite steel-concrete structures Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Composite design in accordance with AS/NZS 2327 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 03 Beam design for strength in accordance with Australian design guidelines Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 04 Beam design for serviceability in accordance with Australian design guidelines Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 05 Composite connection design for strength/serviceability Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 06 1. Composite floor systems 2. Assignment 1 Due Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Column design for strength in accordance with Australian design guidelines Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 08 Column design for serviceability in accordance with Australian design guidelines Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 09 Composite frames/systems/walls Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 10 Introduction to structural fire engineering Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2
Week 11 An overview of current/future trends in composite construction Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 1. Revision 2. Assignment 2 Due Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Standards Australia (2020) AS/NZS 2327:2017 Amd 1:2020, Composite structures - Composite steel-concrete construction in buildings.

Uy,   B.   and  Liew,   J.Y.R.   (2002)  Composite   steel-concrete  structures,   Chapter 51   Civil   Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, ISBN 0-8493-0958-1,   (edited by W.F. Chen and J.Y. Richard Liew).

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design for strength and serviceability in accordance with relevant Australian guidelines
  • LO2. account for fire and dynamic considerations in design
  • LO3. evaluate different floor systems in terms of structural efficiency
  • LO4. undertake cross-sectional analyses and modelling of composite members

Graduate qualities

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GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Minor changes to reflect semester time reduction and to reference new AS/NZS 2327:2017 Amendment 1 published in June 2020.


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