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CIVL4024: Engineering Project A (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL4024: Engineering Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Miao, Guien
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: 30 credit points of at least third year units of study.
Brief Handbook Description: Engineering Project A & B provide an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area relevant to civil engineering. Students will generally work in groups, although planning and writing of reports will be done individually; i.e., a separate report must be submitted by each student. Only in exceptional circumstances and by approval of Engineering Project course coordinator and the relevant academic supervisor concerned will a student be permitted to undertake a project individually.

Engineering Project is spread over a whole year, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each, Engineering Project A (CIVL4024) and Engineering Project B (CIVL4025). This particular unit of study, which must precede CIVL4025 Engineering Project B, should cover the first half of the work required for a complete final-year project. In particular, it should include almost all project planning, a major proportion of the necessary background research, and a significant proportion of the investigative or design work required of the project.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: It is expected that the project will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of Engineering Project course coordinator and School`s Director of Learning & Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the Engineering Project course coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Timetable: CIVL4024 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Welcome Session 1.00 1 1
2 Project Work 10.00 13
3 Meeting 1 13
T&L Activities: Meeting: It is expected that students will meet with their supervisor once a week, unless otherwise agreed to by both student/s and supervisor.

Project Work: It is expected that students will spend at least one full day per week undertaking background research work, organizing their plan of work and preparing their research program.

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 3)
1. Formulate and plan a personal research project
2. Evaluate critical research issues with originality, ingenuity and initiative
3. Formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question
4. Document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing
5. Communicate research outcomes to a broad audience (peers, academics, laypeople) in a clear, confident and engaging manner
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
6. Reflect on the contribution of research to the discipline of engineering and to engineering practice
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
7. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
8. Analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project Description* No 2.00 Week 2 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Literature Review & Project Proposal* No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7,
3 Mini-Presentation Yes 8.00 Following Semester 2, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Project Report No 60.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
5 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Management No 10.00 Following Semester 1,
Assessment Description: * indicates the assessment must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Project Description (A): A one-page description of the project is required from each student.

Literature Review & Project Proposal (A): A preliminary review of the literature of 8–10 pages and project proposal of 2 pages is required from each student. The literature review and proposal should consist of (at least) problem/task specification, literature survey, proposed methodology, expected outcomes and a timeline.

Mini-Presentation (B): Each student will be required to contribute to a group video presentation outlining the progress of the project. The presentation should summarise the group`s research work thus far and include any steps required to complete the objectives of the project in a timely manner.

Thesis (B): Final submission of written thesis report. Maximum length is 50 pages (including tables, figures and references, but not appendices). The report must contain a page stating the specific contributions of the student and that of others involved. While the project work is conducted in groups, the Final Report itself must be written and submitted individually. Students should closely consult the UoS guidelines and marking rubrics for content and formatting requirements.

Presentation/Seminar (B): Each student will be required to report on the progress in their thesis/project investigations by participating in the presentation of a short group seminar to their fellow thesis students and their supervisors. The seminars will be run in parallel sessions, depending on the field of specialisation. Students are expected to attend all presentations in their session and provide a peer review; failure to attend and review will result in a mark deduction of 10% from the Presentation mark.

Management (B): Management of project. Projects are undertaken in groups but the marking of project management component is based on individual contributions.


Satisfactory progress in Engineering Project A requires that the student achieves a combined mark of at least 6/12 for the Project Description and Literature Review & Project Proposal. Any student who does not meet this requirement will not be allowed to progress to Engineering Project B.


All assessments must be completed to pass these Units of Study. Failure to submit any assessment will result in a mark of 48% irrespective of any marks obtained in other components of assessment.

The late penalty for all assessments will be 5% per day for 10 calendar days, after which a mark of zero will be applied.
Grade Type Description
Continuing Unit This unit is first of a two part series. On completing this unit, students will receive a mark of UC (Unit Continuing) if they have shown sufficient progress to warrant continuing with the next unit. The final grade for the two units is based on the work done in both units as a whole.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Selection of topics and allocation of thesis supervisor. Topic selection form due.
Week 2 Project work.
Assessment Due: Project Description*
Week 3 Project work.
Week 4 Project work.
Week 5 Project work.
Week 6 Project work.
Week 7 Project work.
Week 8 Project work.
Week 9 Project work.
Assessment Due: Literature Review & Project Proposal*
Week 10 Project work.
Week 11 Project work.
Week 12 Project work.
Week 13 Project work.
Following Semester Assessment Due: Mini-Presentation
Assessment Due: Project Report
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Assessment Due: Management

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil / Law 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 66.55%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 10.75%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 13.15%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 9.55%

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.