Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The course easily and thoroughly details how concrete members are designed, which is helpful for any engineer, architect, or designer
One of the best aspects of this class is realizing how complex and interesting designing concrete is, more than one might think. What is more valuable is how simple Professor Kachlakev made the course by using simple flowcharts that outline the design process. Not only was it a great way to outline the design process for concrete design, but I also began to make my own flowcharts for other design classes.
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Advice for students:
USE. THE. FLOWCHARTS. These things will save your life when it comes to understanding the process for concrete design, especially when it comes to designing members that are taught later in the course. These include T-beam design, columns, shear reinforcement, and steel overlap. The flowcharts can also be used on tests, so it's crucial to print them out and use them on homework in order to familiarize yourself with them. Other than the flowcharts, I strongly recommend doing all the homework in groups so each of you can test each other on the process--this is just another way to familiarize yourselves with the flowcharts. The other aspect of the class that is significantly more challenging is the concrete design group project. Because of the pacing of the class, the design project can get pushed off, and because it is a group project this may be challenging. I would recommend having each person (or a group of two people) a member to design and working on the project in the order that members have to be designed. This will hold each person accountable and will evenly distribute the work--the flowcharts will help each person with their respective members.