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CIVL1810: Engineering Construction and Surveying (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL1810: Engineering Construction and Surveying (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Amin, Ali
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL2810.
Brief Handbook Description: Construction: Fundamental understanding of construction materials and techniques underpins Civil design and complements a rigorous analysis covered in other units such as Structural Mechanics and Soil Mechanics. In this unit students will be introduced to the realities of on-site civil construction. For many students this comes as a completely foreign experience and the methods they need to use to succeed in this unit rely on the student building his or her own awareness of the construction world and how it operates. This will be guided by the lectures and on-line material, but will not be spoon-fed to the students.

This unit presents concepts introducing students to engineering construction including:

- Design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, earthworks, hauling and associated operations;

- Conceptual and formative exposure to building construction methods and materials, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber;

- Building codes and safety consideration

- Selection of optimal construction methods, materials and equipment by considering technical, financial, and environmental impacts

Surveying: The unit also introduces Engineering Survey topics, where the aims are:

- give an overall view of the functions of surveying and it's service role in Civil construction;

- become acquainted with selected specific surveying techniques, such as: (a) to provide basic analogue methods of distance, angle and height measurement and, (b) to provide an understanding of three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment with associated data capture ability, and;

- to give an insight into future trends in the use of GPS and GIS systems.

Students should develop basic competency in construction engineering and awareness of issues in formulating building proposals. Economic, environmental and social implications of choices made in construction planning and execution, and how these affect decisions and actions including proposing and analysing systems and methods, estimation of probable output, unit cost and productivity evaluation, are discussed. Students should have a basic knowledge of vertical construction in reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber. Students should also develop proficiency in the design and implementation of mapping systems in Civil Engineering, using analogue and electronic field equipment and associated software packages.

The tutorial exercises give practise for students to implement what they have learned from lectures and their own research about the framework under which construction projects are formulated and analysed; construction engineering fundamentals; construction systems related to excavation, hauling and embankment construction, including selection and evaluation of plant and methods as well as the expected output and cost; introduction to construction operations management, introduction to engineering surveying, distance measurement, angle measurement, levelling, traversing, topographic surveys, electronic surveying equipment, future surveying technologies.

While prior exposure to an actual construction site would be beneficial, in any case the key for success in this unit is for the student to develop a hungry curiosity for the world of construction and the professionals and personalities which form the intricate patchwork of talent which sees complex projects through to successful completion.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL1900. Some statistical awareness is an advantage and co-enrolment in MATH1005 Statistics is advised. HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or completion of (MATH1001 or MATH1021) and MATH1002 are sufficient for non-statistical maths preparation
Additional Notes: In recent years - the course has included a 1.5 day camp at Webbs Creek (about 80km from Sydney). The camp is located in a bushland setting. It aims to provide valuable practice in practical field survey and has a secondary aim of providing a basis for social gathering (this aspect being requested in student feedback over recent years)
Lecturer/s: Amin, Ali
Timetable: CIVL1810 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
2 Workgroup 2.00 1 3
3 Independent Study 2.00 13
4 Lecture 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Workgroup: Survey Exercises - Field work

Lecture: Lecture

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
1. Technical writing
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
2. Understand the impact of construction projects and aspects to be considered in selection of methods and materials
3. Some exposure and practise in design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, embankments and other earthworks, hauling and associated operations.
4. Understand building construction fundamentals, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
5. Practical competence in methods of distance, angle and height measurement.
6. Limited practical competence and conceptual awareness of three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment.
7. Limited knowledge in application of GPS and GIS systems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 13 5, 6, 7,
3 Surveying Fieldwork Yes 0.00 Multiple Weeks 5, 6, 7,
4 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Surveying fieldwork: Attendance/participation is required to pass the course.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: The Unit of Study website is available to students enrolled in the Unit. The website is used intensively as a basis for course management, instruction,discussion, query resolution.
Note on Resources: There are no text books prescribed for the course. The course WebSite (elearning site) contains

-course administrative notices

-course notes

-topic outlines

-example problems

-URL links

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Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Construction Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 8%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 48%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 44%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.