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CIVL1900: Introduction to Civil Engineering (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL1900: Introduction to Civil Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bambach, Mike
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1800 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960.
Brief Handbook Description: The objective of this unit of study is to introduce students to the field of civil engineering and its areas of specialization: structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, transportation engineering, and humanitarian engineering. The unit will cover basic physics concepts relevant to civil engineering. The unit will equip students with knowledge of foundational civil engineering tools and techniques such as the identification and calculation of loads on structures, structural systems, and load paths in structures. The unit covers design and construction issues related to the use of standard materials such as steel, concrete, and timber. The unit includes several design tasks and a design project with an emphasis on issues associated with the impact of civil infrastructure on the natural environment, the economy, and social and humanitarian outcomes. The topics will provide a sound foundation for the further study of civil infrastructure design, analysis, construction, and maintenance.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Bambach, Mike
Timetable: CIVL1900 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: The lectures will introduce students to specific tools, techniques, design cases and examples in civil engineering and its areas of specialisation: structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, transportation engineering, and humanitarian engineering.

Tutorials and Laboratory: Following each lecture, students will “put into practice” the concepts presented in the lectures through a series of civil engineering design tasks. The design tasks aim to foster a culture of engineering design and multidisciplinary problem solving. Design tasks will challenge students to demonstrate their understanding of civil engineering concepts by demonstrating them in their designs. The design tasks address the need for students to obtain competence in the practice of civil engineering and approaches to solving open-ended multidisciplinary engineering problems with attention to design issues including environmental sustainability, economic factors, and social and humanitarian outcomes.

Independent Study: Independent study includes time students are expected to work on assessments.

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 1)
1. Ability to produce clear, concise written explanations of basic engineering processes and products.
2. Ability to produce appropriate sketch illustrations of basic engineering processes and products.
3. Ability to write an engineering design brief including functional and technical requirements.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
4. Appreciation of teamwork aspects of engineering work.
(4) Design (Level 1)
5. Appreciation of practical problem-solving aspects of civil engineering. Understanding how to formulate a well-scoped civil engineering problem.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
6. Ability to undertake elementary applications of basic science and engineering concepts in civil engineering and its areas of specialisation.
7. Ability to undertake and report on calculation tasks
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Loads tutorial task* No 2.00 Week 3 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Loads quiz* No 3.00 Week 4 6,
3 Load Paths tutorial task* No 2.00 Week 5 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Load Paths quiz* No 3.00 Week 6 6,
5 Design tutorial task* No 2.00 Week 8 4, 5, 6, 7,
6 Design quiz* No 3.00 Week 9 6,
7 Build tutorial task* No 2.00 Week 11 4, 5, 6, 7,
8 Build quiz* No 3.00 Week 13 6,
9 Design Project (all tasks)* No 12.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,
10 Truss bridge* Yes 8.00 Week 10 3, 4, 5, 6,
11 Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task that must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

1. The tutorial tasks will require students to apply the theoretical aspects of the civil engineering concepts covered in the lectures to various engineering problems. One of these will be group work, where groups will design and build a structural model that will be tested to failure. Tutorial tasks are due before Sundays 11:59pm in the weeks indicated in the Unit Timetable. Late submissions will not be accepted. The group model will be tested in the tutorial class in the week indicated in the Unit Timetable.

2. The Online quizzes will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical aspects of the civil engineering concepts covered in the lectures. Quizzes are due before Sundays 11:59pm in the weeks indicated in the Unit Timetable. Late submissions will not be accepted.

3. The Design Project will require students to create and write an engineering design brief, and demonstrate the application of fundamental civil engineering concepts to the design. Late submissions will be accepted, however 20% will be deducted for every day late.

4. There is a final exam at the end of semester. The exam is closed book and will require students to undertake calculations to demonstrate their understanding of the civil engineering concepts covered in the unit.

Criteria for Passing: a total mark of at least 50 % AND a final examination mark of at least 50 % (this hurdle percentage may be reduced by the lecturer based on exact nature of the questions in the exam)

Special consideration for tutorial tasks, quizzes and Design Project: You will be required to submit tasks/quizzes/project within 5 days after the end of the period of consideration

Special consideration for the final exam: Replacement exam

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

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will be given in the following ways:
* Specific individual feedback on individual tutorial tasks, including the correct answer and worked solutions to incorrect responses
* Specific individual feedback on individual quizzes, including the correct answer and worked solutions to incorrect responses
* Specific individual feedback on the Design Project, and students will receive their mark before the end of Week 14 (Study Vacation), so will know their final coursework mark prior to sitting the exam
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.

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: Introduction
Tutorial: Engineering drawing 1
Week 2 Lecture: Loads 1
Tutorial: Engineering drawing 2
Week 3 Lecture: Loads 2
Tutorial: Loads (tutorial task)
Assessment Due: Loads tutorial task*
Week 4 Lecture: Load Paths 1
Tutorial: Loads (Design Project task)
Assessment Due: Loads quiz*
Week 5 Lecture: Load Paths 2
Tutorial: Load Paths (tutorial task)
Assessment Due: Load Paths tutorial task*
Week 6 Lecture: Design 1
Tutorial: Load Paths (Design Project task)
Assessment Due: Load Paths quiz*
Week 7 Lecture: Design 2
Tutorial: Design (tutorial task)
Week 8 Lecture: Design 3
Tutorial: Design (tutorial task/truss bridge)
Assessment Due: Design tutorial task*
Week 9 Lecture: Design 4
Tutorial: Design (truss bridge)
Assessment Due: Design quiz*
Week 10 Lecture: Build 1
Tutorial: Design (Design Project task)
Assessment Due: Truss bridge*
Week 11 Lecture: Build 2
Tutorial: Build (tutorial task)
Assessment Due: Build tutorial task*
Week 12 Lecture: Design Project revision
Tutorial: Build (Design Project task)
Assessment Due: Design Project (all tasks)*
Week 13 Lecture: Exam revision
Tutorial: Exam revision quizzes
Assessment Due: Build quiz*
Exam Period Assessment Due: 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, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Construction Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 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 1) No 39.2%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 4%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 21.4%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 35.4%

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.