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CIVL2010: Environmental Engineering (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL2010: Environmental Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Marks, Benjy
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL3010.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit introduces students to the role of civil engineers and the historical development of the profession, and relates this to the Code of Ethics - Engineers Australia; impact of engineering on the human and natural environment; energy consumption, resourcing and renewal, dealing with variability in climate; definitions and practice of sustainability; environmental assessment tools and life-cycle analyses. As graduates, students may expect to find themselves in a position which touches upon a wide variety of Engineering fields (including legal, institutional, and environmental considerations). In both small and large firms they could be acting as agents and managers of technology-driven change which has social and environmental impact. Engineering decision-making and problem-solving are made more complex by technical, economic, environmental, social and ethical constraints. The goals of this unit are to introduce students to major problems of environmental deterioration and engage students in active reflection on the role of civil engineers in addressing these issues; to develop the students skills at quantifying the impact of engineering decisions within the broader economic, environmental and socio-cultural contexts; to develop communication skills through participation in group discussions, video production and written report writing. Lectures, group discussions, case problems and projects are all used in teaching and learning in this unit of study.
Assumed Knowledge: MATH1023 AND ENGG1801. Strong calculus knowledge from first year MATHS and substantial report writing skills are recommended for success in this subject, as well as the ability to program. Basic understanding of structural mechanics (CIVL2201) is also an advantage.
Timetable: CIVL2010 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 1.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Readings and weekly study, following lectures.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
aaa (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
aaa (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2)
aaa (4) Design (Level 2)
aaa (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
aaa (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
aaa (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
1. Analyse the role civil engineers play in addressing global environmental problems such as climate change.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
2. Interpret scholarly literature in the context of engineering practice
3. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, on technical topics
(4) Design (Level 2)
4. Apply the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to environmental problems
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2)
5. Calculate the spread of airborne pollution
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
6. Examine anthropogenic climate change including its causes, impacts and implications
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report No 15.00 Week 4 1, 3, 6,
2 Video Yes 20.00 Week 8 1, 3, 5,
3 Assignment No 25.00 Week 11 4, 5, 6,
4 Major project No 40.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Late submissions will result in a deduction of 5% per day late (e.g. an assessment that would normally get 5/10, that is 5 days late, loses 25% of the full 10 marks, ie new mark = 2.5/10).

Special consideration for the assessments will be applied as follows:

Report: Extension of time or, for longer illnesses, alternative assessment.

Video: As this assessment is based on groupwork, special consideration arrangements are to be determined by the UoS Coordinator.

Assignment: Extension of time or, for longer illnesses, alternative assessment.

Major Project: Extension of time.

There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note on Resources: Students will be advised during the 1st lecture about what resources are essential.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction
Week 2 Lecture: Climate change
Week 3 Lecture: Climate change
Week 4 Lecture: Pollution
Assessment Due: Report
Week 5 Lecture: Pollution
Week 6 Lecture: Pollution
Week 7 Lecture: Pollution
Week 8 Lecture: Energy
Assessment Due: Video
Week 9 Lecture: Energy
Week 10 Lecture: Energy
Week 11 Lecture: Energy
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Lecture: Energy
Week 13 Lecture: Major project
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Major project

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 / 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
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) Yes 11%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) Yes 17%
(4) Design (Level 2) Yes 24.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) Yes 28.25%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 19.25%

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.