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CIVL5999: Advanced Research and Analysis (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL5999: Advanced Research and Analysis (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Dr Marks, Benjy
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit requires students to use a number of advanced experimental tools and techniques which they learn through project-based learning as well as a structured lecture and tutorial program. It will be very useful as co-requisite study for students engaged in an experimental honours thesis topic. Students will gain knowledge of sensors and instrumentation that are typical in their field of study. It also covers issues of basic electronic circuitry and signal processing, various analysis techniques using both simple and advanced statistics, and advanced data processing methods. It will also prepare students for further research, and analysis of measurements widely adopted in industry.
Assumed Knowledge: (CIVL2201 OR CIVL9201) AND (CIVL2611 OR CIVL9611) AND (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410).
Lecturer/s: Dr Thomas, Jacqueline
Dr Marks, Benjy
Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Tutor/s: Zachary Benitez, zachary.benitez@sydney.edu.au
Timetable: CIVL5999 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
3 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
4 Project Work - own time 4.00 1 8
5 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: A series of lectures discussing background and theory required for project, labs and assignments.

Tutorials: Weekly tutorial sessions to correspond with content covered in lectures that week. The students can discuss the weekly assignment and/or project with tutors during this time.

Laboratory: Lab sessions provide practice in designing and using various research instruments, collecting data and analysis.

Project: a major project provide students with the opportunity to design their own measurement setup, determine methods of experimentation and data collection, and to analyse the data effectively.

Major report: Students will be required to write a technical report summarizing their project, in a format that is consistent with industrial or academic practices.

Presentation: Students will develop an oral presentation for discussing their project, that includes their experience in setup of instrument, data collection and analysis.

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 2)
1. Development of the ability to communicate effectively to an engineering audience, through report writing and oral presentations
2. Improved ability to plan, conduct and interpret experiments.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Ability to design a strategy for completion of the project.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
4. Understanding of the fundamentals of electric circuits and electronics and of their importance to measurement
5. An understanding of the importance of measurement in Civil Engineering and the criteria for appropriate and valid measurements
6. An understanding of various analysis techniques and tools.
7. Signal conditioning, Error analysis, Statistical analysis
8. Familiarity with methods and application of measurement.
9. Proficiency with common modern instruments used for data acquisition: accelerometers, strain gauges, load cells, stand pipes, LVDTs, piezometers, velocimetry, proving rings, and others.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2)
10. Ability collect qualitative data via surveys and/or interivew and analyse them
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignments (3) No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10,
2 Laboratory (3) No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9,
3 Major project - report No 20.00 Week 13 1, 3,
4 Major project - oral exam No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Assignments: Three (3) weekly assignments based on content covered in lectures.

Laboratory: Three (3) lab sessions focussed on a student`s stream (fluids, geomechanics or structures). Students are expected to write a brief lab report for each lab.

Project: Individual project on a self-designed experiment over 8 weeks during the semester. Students will write a report and prepare an oral presentation.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: 1. Fundamentals of Physical Measurements
Week 2 Lecture: 2. Basic Measurement Analysis
Week 3 Lecture: 3. Elements of Data Acquisition
Week 4 Lecture: 4. Signal Conditioning
Week 5 Lecture: 5. Introduction to Sensors/Instruments
Week 6 Lecture: 6. Communicating with a sensor/instrument
Week 7 Lecture: 7. Feedback mechanisms
Week 8 Lecture: 8. Measurements in Geotechnical Engineering
Week 9 Lecture: 9. Measurements in Fluids Engineering
Week 10 Lecture: 10. Measurements in Structural Engineering
Week 11 Lecture: 11. Data presentation
Week 12 Other: Student presentations
Week 13 Other: Student Presentations
Assessment Due: Major project - report
Assessment Due: Major project - oral exam

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
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2015, 2016, 2017, 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 2) No 41%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 14%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 39%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 6%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

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.