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CIVL4025: Engineering Project B (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL4025: Engineering Project B (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 be preceded by or be conducted concurrently with CIVL4024 Engineering Project A, should cover the second half of the required project work. In particular, it should include completion of all components planned but not undertaken or completed in CIVL4024 Engineering Project A.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Department permission required for enrolment.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: CIVL4025 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 1 12
2 Project Work 10.00 12
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 Previous Semester 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Literature Review & Project Proposal No 10.00 Previous Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7,
3 Mini-Presentation* Yes 8.00 Week 1 2, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Project Report* No 60.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
5 Presentation/Seminar* Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Management No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 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.


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
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Project work.
Assessment Due: Mini-Presentation*
Week 2 Project work.
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.
Week 10 Project work.
Week 11 Project work.
Week 12 Project work.
Week 13 Project work.
Assessment Due: Project Report*
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Project Description
Assessment Due: Literature Review & Project Proposal

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.