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CIVL4903: Civil Engineering Design (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL4903: Civil Engineering Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Airey, David
Hewitt, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR CIVL4811.
Brief Handbook Description: This course provides an introduction to civil/structural engineering design, using generally building related material, from the perspective of a

practicing engineer. Course material, including face to face lectures, drawing office guidance and assignments will be based as much as is

practicable on actual project practice, focussing on the understanding and schematic design of systems. In this way, the course aims to provide

an understanding of:

the interactions between a practicing engineer and other team members.

the conditions under which design is prepared, including meeting tight programmes.

the variety of situations, materials and loadings that need to be taken into account.

The key content of this course is to experience the design process, as applied to civil/structural engineering. Most university engineering

courses are based around understanding the scientific and analytical background to engineering, and applying them to defined problems where the answers are known. This course takes that knowledge and skills and applies it to real project problems where there may be no fixed solutions, and creativity and practical decision making is required to find a good design, out of many possible solutions.

An understanding of the conditions under which designs are prepared and of the critical importance of communicating one’s design/work

effectively to other team members and to the client, are essential for all Civil Engineers, irrespective of the particular discipline stream being

followed.

This course generally follows on from the courses in Concrete Structures 1 (CIVL 3205) and Steel Structures 1 (CIVL 3206), which provide the

basic design skills necessary to begin to become a design engineer. (They are ‘assumed learning’ for this course.) Other parts of earlier or

parallel courses may be drawn on and materials other than concrete and steel will be considered. In particular, site related construction issues

and evaluation of in-situ soil conditions will be investigated.

Lectures will be provided to show how theoretical knowledge gained in earlier courses can be applied quickly to develop and assess a variety

of options, using fundamental understanding of basic concepts together with simple design tools, and examples from actual project experience.

A significant proportion of the course will involve developing a design for a given building project brief, stage by stage through the semester,

with assignments based around conceiving and evaluating options for each aspect, assessing pros and cons, and recommending and presenting concept/schematic designs, with preliminary calculations.

There will also be work focussed on consolidating previous study of basic engineering principles, plus a session on creativity and art in

engineering.

Assignments will mostly be group based, working in groups of four students, which will be consistent through the course so that the teams

remain together to develop the project design. There will be some individual components of group assignments which much be completed to

gain the group mark.

Students are generally to choose the members of their own groups, which will remain fixed through the semester.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2410 AND CIVL3612 AND (CIVL4811 OR CIVL3811).
Lecturer/s: Ryder, John
Hewitt, John
Tutor/s: Peter Ansourian

John Ryder

Gavin Lume - External

Saba Gharedash

Faham Tahmasebinia

Rod Broune - External

Paul Antonatos - External

Bruce Macpherson - External

Eamonn Madden – External

Richard Hough - External

Peter Allen - External

James Gumbert
Timetable: CIVL4903 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: group work on design challenges - facilitated by lecturer and tutors

Independent Study: independent study to complete design assignments and to reinforce learning from lectures and tutorial work

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
ability to formulate and solve design problems at the level of a trainee engineer Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2)
In order to complete design tasks students must obtain and interpret information from a variety of sources Information Skills (Level 1)
preparation of documentation for design assignments Professional Communication (Level 2)
ability to meet expected professional practice requirements for a trainee engineer Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 1)
Ability to manage and contribute to successful completion of group projects Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2)

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.

Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2)
1. ability to formulate and solve structural design problems
2. ability to formulate and solve geotechnical engineering problems
3. ability to formulate and solve design problems for civil engineering works
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 1)
4. ability to apply appropriate discipline specific expertise to develop solutions to design problems
Professional Communication (Level 2)
5. ability to prepare documentation to communicate results of design tasks (appropriate for engineering practice)
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 1)
6. ability to meet expected professional practice requirements for a trainee engineer
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2)
7. Ability to manage and contribute to successful completion of group projects
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 - Floor structures Yes 12.00 Week 4 (Monday, 5 pm) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Assignment 2 - Art No 6.00 Week 4 (Tuesday, 1 pm) 5,
3 Assignment 3 - Stabilty Yes 12.00 Week 7 (Monday, 5 pm) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Assignment 4 - Geotechnics Yes 12.00 Week 8 (Friday, 5 pm) 2,
5 Assignment 5 - Roof and summary report Yes 18.00 Week 13 (Tuesday, 2 pm) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
6 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Series of design assignments. 60% total

Final Exam: Final examination. 40% total

Note that students must obtain a mark of at least 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of assignment marks
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: The faculty attempts to maintain consistency and quality in its T&L operations by adhering to Academic Board policy. These policies can be found on the Central Policy Online site. A brief summary of the relevant T&L policies that should be referred to while filling in these forms can be found at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Policy Page.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: The unit is of a wide-ranging nature, and all text and reference books previous and current courses have relevance. In addition, reference will be made to many codes and guides to practice, of which the following list covers only the structural field: Current SAA Codes, Manuals and Specifications, particularly AS4100 - Steel Structures Code AS3600 - Concrete Structures Code AS1554 - Manual Welding, Part I AS1170 - Loading Code, Parts I and II AS1511 - High Strength Structural Bolting Code MAI Steel Structures Austroads Bridge Design Specification AS1720 - Timber Engineering Code (Purchase of separate codes is recommended).

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 Design problem
Week 2 Design problem
Week 3 Design problem
Week 4 Design problem
Assessment Due: Assignment 1 - Floor structures
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 - Art
Week 5 Design problem
Week 6 Design problem
Week 7 Design problem
Assessment Due: Assignment 3 - Stabilty
Week 8 Design problem
Assessment Due: Assignment 4 - Geotechnics
Week 9 Design problem
Week 10 Design problem
Week 11 Design problem
Week 12 Design problem
Week 13 Design problem
Assessment Due: Assignment 5 - Roof and summary report
Exam Period Final exam
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
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/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2) Yes 48.8%
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 1) No 26.6%
Information Skills (Level 1) Yes 0%
Professional Communication (Level 2) Yes 12%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 1) Yes 4.2%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2) Yes 8.4%

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.