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CIVL5330: Global Engineering Field Work (2019 - Int July)

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Unit: CIVL5330: Global Engineering Field Work (6 CP)
Mode: Field Experience
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr. Opdyke, Aaron
Dr Thomas, Jacqueline
Session options: Int July, Int December
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This subject will be conducted in Pune, India from the 26th June - 13th July 2019. Applications are competitive and there are 30 scholarships available worth $3000 each. You need to first be accepted into the subject before requesting enrolment.

The aim of this unit of study is to provide fieldwork experience for undergraduate engineering students. The unit of study is one of the four subjects offered in Humanitarian Engineering. This Unit is designed to place students in small groups with partner organisations and have them work independently on an engineering project. The project will give students hands-on experience in how humanitarian engineers work in the field. Students will also learn about the diversity of communities in need and how engineering can be used to address some of these problems. It is not anticipated that there will be any implemented project during the fieldwork. However, the project work will result in student-generated ideas that the local partner organization might wish to develop further. The fieldwork unit will require students to demonstrate an applied use of engineering skills, professional skills, cross-cultural competence, effective communication, resilience and an ability to work closely in teams.

Enrolment in this subject is competitive and is open to undergraduate engineering students from any stream of engineering. However, you must have space in your degree for this subject either as a degree elective or free elective.

Details and links to the application process can be found here:
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Thomas, Jacqueline
Timetable: CIVL5330 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 On-line preparation 6.00 2 1
2 placement training 6.00 1
3 Independent Study 20.00 2
4 Setting objectives 2.00 2
5 In field placement 48.00 2
6 Public presentation 2.00 1 1
T&L Activities: Language and placement training (practical advice, safety and culture)

Setting objectives with unit co-ordinator

Field School placement.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
1. Co-ordinate various people, skills, processes, resources, agencies and finances in a practical situation.
2. Identify supplementary skills in others and use them appropriately.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 5)
3. Maintain appropriate language and behaviour expected of professionals as implied and expressed in the standards of Engineers Australia.
4. Identify ethical contradictions and express these to supervisors.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5)
5. Present complex ideas in audience-appropriate language and terms.
6. Express clearly the interplay and contradictions between theory and practise.
7. Use a variety of forms of communication to express relevant experiences and analysis.
8. Express self-analysis in method which is relevant to the audience.
9. Synthesise information from a variety of sources and make sound decisions about this information based on relevance and reliability.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3)
10. Identify human issues and local constraints and design appropriate solutions.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
11. Analyse the process of implementing an engineering solution and the ability to create better project outcomes by improving process.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
12. Apply specialised engineering knowledge to propose improvements in the delivery of humanitarian and developmental projects.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pre-placement assignment No 20.00 Pre-Semester 3, 9, 10, 11, 12,
2 In-Field participation No 10.00 Week 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
3 Project presentation in country Yes 15.00 Week 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12,
4 Draft Report Structure Yes 5.00 Post-Semester 9,
5 Reflective essay No 10.00 Following Semester 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12,
6 Final placement report Yes 30.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
7 Group video Yes 10.00 Post-Semester 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11,
Assessment Description: Task 1. Pre-placement assignment due before fieldwork commences (20 %). Structured assignment of 1600 words covering background to the fieldwork location. Assignment questions will be distributed one month before due date.

Task 2. In - field participation (10 %). This will be an assessed over the two weeks of of your level of participation and also your adoption of the theoretical teaching.

Task 3. Project Presentation (15 %). Your group will be assessed on your final presentation to partners.

Task 4. Draft report stucture (5 %). Your group will present your draft report structure for feedback.

Task 5. A reflective essay on the individuals experience during the fieldwork. Students should keep a reflective diary during the fieldwork to document their thoughts for this essay. Essay format of 1000 words maximum (10%)

Task 6. Final group report of 8000 words (30%). This will be a technical report documenting your groups project progress, project findings and future steps for your work for partners.

Task 7. A group video of 3- 4 min capturing your design process and final thoughts. The video is a visual supplement to the report. Images and footage should be collected during the fieldwork for the report (10%).
Assessment Feedback: Communication
Communication with students will be via the course Canvas page in the pre and post fieldwork times. To course coordinator can be contacted via email and if needed a time to meet can be arranged. During the fieldwork activity then communication will be via whatever means is available. This could be handouts through the course facilitators or messages delivered via mobile phones, especially if some groups are located in different geographic areas. The communication with the course coordinator during the fieldwork will be via mobile phone on a designated number.

Assessment grading
Specific marking criteria will be provided for each piece of assessment. The successful completion of the course is based on the cumulative marks of all six components and requires that all assignments are attempted. Specifically, if you fail one component as long as the cumulative mark is above 50 % and all assessments have been attempted then the course will be graded based on the cumulative mark.

Assessment submission
All pre and post written tasks are to be submitted via Turnitin, unless otherwise stated in the assignment brief. The cut-off for assessment submission will be midnight on the date that the assignment is due, based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10).

Late submission penalties
Late assessments will loose 10 % of the students graded mark for each day (or part day) that the assessment is late. One week (seven days) post deadline no more assignments will be accepted for marking.
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.
Online Course Content: More information avaiable at:
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Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 2 Assessment Due: In-Field participation
Assessment Due: Project presentation in country
Pre-Semester Assessment Due: Pre-placement assignment
Post-Semester Assessment Due: Draft Report Structure
Assessment Due: Group video
Following Semester Assessment Due: Reflective essay
Assessment Due: Final placement report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2016
Civil / Arts 2017, 2016
Civil / Project Management 2017, 2018, 2016
Civil / Science 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2016
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2016
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) No 10.3%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 5) No 11.3%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5) No 43%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 11.4%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 11.4%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 12.6%

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.