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CIVL9811: Engineering Design and Construction (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL9811: Engineering Design and Construction (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
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: CIVL9810.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to develop an understanding of construction methods, strategies, and equipment in a range of construction activities and an understanding of the principles involved in the design for those construction activities.

At the end of this unit, students will have developed a familiarity with a variety of construction methods, strategies, and equipment in a range of construction activities such that they will be able, if and when the opportunity arises to participate as site engineers (or similar role) in the planning and execution of those construction activities, albeit with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. Students will also have developed an understanding of the design principles and techniques involved in the planning for those construction activities such that they are able, if and when the opportunity arises, to participate as design engineers, in the planning and design for those construction activities, with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. The range of topics covered in this course is such that the learning outcomes form a basis for later development of more detailed knowledge, dependent on the future career experiences of the student. The course does not prepare a student for immediate, unsupervised participation in construction and design work associated with the topics covered.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: This unit aims to prepare students for employment in a broad range of engineering areas including design, planning and construction management.
Tutor/s: As at Feb 2016 the workshops are programmed as 3 x 3 hour sessions conducted (presented) by the Course Lecturer. Case studies, design exercises, teaching tutorials are generally based on the personal experience of the Course Lecturer. Past students have preferred to receive instruction, tutoring, assistance, advice etc from 1 person (the Course Lecturer) either direct, or via Blackboard, rather than from others whose subject knowledge is incomplete.

There are 3 visiting presenters for the course. They present specific topics in their field of expertise.
Timetable: CIVL9811 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 13

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Design prefabricated and modular concrete elements
2. Design and construct pavements: (a) flexible pavement construction (incl pavement construction materials) and (b) rigid pavements construction (incl joints).
3. Understand construction related issues and undertake limited design of selected construction operations
4. Apply particular construction related aspects of digital engineering including building information modelling
5. Design deconstruction strategies to deal with buildings and infrastructure at the end of their service life
6. Understand design and construction aspects of: environmental engineering, general engineering for environmentally sensitive projects (incl EPA projects).
7. Ability to communicate engineering construction concepts and issues clearly and concisely.
8. Develop familiarity with insurance and other forms of risk management and with occupational health and safety issues in the Construction Industry.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 1, 3, 4, 5, 7,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 12 2, 4, 6, 7, 8,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,
4 Written Report on Class Discussions Yes 10.00 Week 12 (Monday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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 http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: The course elearning Canvas website provides a basis for unit management and administration, course notes, topic outlines, discussion area, email facility and useful URL links
Note on Resources: There are no textbooks for the course. For the broad range of topics on this course, the Internet is the perfect source of information.

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 Site Selection and Site Layout Planning
Week 2 Construction Method – In-Situ vs Prefabricated vs Modular Construction
Week 3 Construction Method – In-Situ vs Prefabricated vs Modular Construction- Part 2
Week 4 Deconstruction
Week 5 Construction of Concrete Structures: Material related challenges
Week 6 Resource Management and Mobilization
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Building Information Modelling
Week 8 Case Study (Industry Guest Lecture)
Week 9 Public Holiday – Labour Day
Week 10 Green Buildings and Infrastructure
Week 11 Pavement Construction
Week 12 Execution Phase: Monitoring and Controlling
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Assessment Due: Written Report on Class Discussions
Week 13 Risk Management in Construction Projects
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
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 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) 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.