Structures and Materials (8041.4)
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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
|Discipline Of Built Environment And Design
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
The following areas will be taught as part of this unit:- Introduction to building and construction structures.- Principles of structural behaviour in building structures due to differing forces.- Calculations relating to these forces.- Understanding design of temporary structures.- Behaviours of various types of materials, physical mechanical and chemical used in building construction.- The use of various forms of data (graphs, datasheets, tables, standards) to gain knowledge of materials used in construction.- Selection of suitable materials for differing situations encountered in construction (including situations such as joining of differing materials).- Various OH and S issues in regards to materials e.g. asbestos, MDF and disposal of treated timber products.
Learning outcomes1. Apply principles in understanding structural behaviour of building structures.
2. Understand basic building design using structural principles and calculations.
3. Understand the requirements of forces on temporary structures
4. Develop technical abilities in recognising and understanding the behaviours of various types of materials used in building construction.
5. Use sources such as graphs, datasheets, tables and standards to problem solve situations found in construction
6. Give an informed opinion or be able to converse with the relevant professional about the selection of materials for construction applications.
7. Understand OH&S issues in regards to materials and be able to understand the need of safe operating environments for using materials
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Requirements for Graduates
The academic content for this unit forms part of the attainment of Australian Institute of Building (AIB) skills and attributes of a Building Graduate, as referred to in the AIB Standards of Accreditation, Academic Standards Booklet.
Ability to integrate and appropriately apply building discipline knowledge from the following knowledge domains: Technical, Legal, Management, Construction Economics.
Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning & PD; Understanding of, and ability to articulate & promote the codes of practice of the AIB; Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professional construction manager in the development of building; strive for excellence and promote innovation.
Able to communicate professionally in all work related situations; Respect and maintain security and privacy of information; Understanding of the use of information and communication technology in the construction industry (e.g. CAD, BIM); Able to apply negotiation skills in a range of professional practice contexts.
Able to identify and evaluate information to make reasoned and informed decisions; Recognize and assess interactions between stakeholders; Able to critically evaluate different views and complex information and propose justifiable solutions; Able to challenge established positions using evidence and reasoning
Demonstrate creativity and innovation through personal leadership; Contribute to a culture that promotes innovation.
PrerequisitesAdmission to a course for undergraduate degree offered by the University of Canberra.
Assumed knowledgeIt is recommended that students have Year 12 Mathematics and English. International students need to meet the English language requirements of the University of Canberra.
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Lists of required texts/readings
Watson, M.P, B Ben-Nissan and S.T.K. West (2008). It Is Material, 1st edition, Associates E-Press.
Garrison, P. (2005). Basic Structures for Engineers and Architects, Blackwell Publishing.
Flinn, R.A., Trojan, P.K. (1986). Engineering Materials and Their Applications, Houghton Mifflin Company.
Callister, W.D. jr. (2007). Materials Science and Engineering an Introduction, John Wiley and Sons.
Schlenker, B.R. (1981). Introduction to Materials Science, John Wiley and Sons.
Askeland, D. (1998). The Science and Engineering of Materials, 3rd S.I. edition, Stanley Thornes.
Additional references may be given out during the course of the lectures if the relevance is to particular lectures.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
When handing in assignments and reports the following considerations must be followed:
- All assessment items will be submitted online via the unit Moodle site. The first page of each assessment submission should include the following information:
Word Count (if applicable):
- Assignment cover sheets will no longer be required. Instead, students will be asked to confirm the following online declaration (from the old cover sheet) at the point of submission.
I certify that:
- the attached assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been authorised by the lecturer/s concerned;
- material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
- no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or another Faculty except where authorised by the lecturer/s concerned.
- Emphasis is on construction where examples are given to prove or support their evidence students should make every effort to use construction examples.
- Referencing using the Harvard Referencing System must be used.
- Assignments submitted after the due date will only be assessed if a formal extension of time has been granted prior to submission due date. Late assignments will not be accepted after marked assignments have been returned to class.
Extensions will only be granted as per University of Canberra's academic assessment policy.
All late assignments attract a penalty of 5% per day.
Special assessment requirements
To gain a pass in this course, students must:
Complete and submit all assessable items, achieve at least 40% in the final exam and achieve an aggregate mark of at least 50%.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Required IT skills
You are assumed to have adequate skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs, Internet browsers and search engines. You are also assumed to be familiar with Moodle. If you feel you do not have adequate skills, please discuss the matter with the unit convener.
Work placement, internships or practicums
The lectures set down that coincide with any public holidays will be available on Moodle and a catch-up lecture will be arranged where possible with class consent.