C&ENVENG 1008 - Engineering Planning & Design IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Introduction to engineering; engineering planning and design methodology; basic systems concepts; creative aspects of design; economic, environmental and social evaluation of engineering projects; introduction to microeconomics and environmental economics; decision theory; scheduling; engineering ethics; sustainability; engineering practice; safety and safe design; case studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1008
    Course Engineering Planning & Design IA
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics and Maths Studies
    Assessment exam 50%, design practical 35%, quizzes, tutorials and participation 15%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Bernie Foley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    It is intended that by the end of the course students will be able to:

    A.    Undertake preliminary design of engineering projects using appropriate methodologies;

    B.    Carry out a comparison of engineering projects using standard economic methods;

    C.    Carry out a comparison of engineering projects using social and environmental considerations;

    D.    Apply the critical path method to engineering projects;

    E.    Demonstrate familiarity with real-world engineering accidents and disasters;

    F.     Undertake an engineering project in a team;

    G.    Manage an engineering project and apply appropriate management strategies;

    H.    Apply the concept of sustainability to engineering work,

    I.      Understand the role of ethics in the engineering profession.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. A,B,C,D,G,H
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. A,B,F,G,I
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. G,I
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. A,B,C,D,G,H
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. E,I
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. F,G
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. I
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required textbooks for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    Dandy G.C., Walker D.J., Daniell, T.M. and Warner R.F. (2008) Planning and Design of Engineering Systems. Second Edition. Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, UK, ISBN 978-0-415-40552-2.
    Online Learning
    Copies of Powerpoint presentations for the course will be provided on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem solving tutorials and a group project.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Typical time commitment:

    Attending lectures, tutorials and project meetings: 4 to 5 hours per week
    Undertaking tutorials, completing recommended reading, preparing for and completing online
    quizzes: 2 to 3 hours per week
    Working on the group project: 3 to 4 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures and tutorials will be offered on the following topics:
    Introduction to Engineering
    The Engineering Methodology
    Creativity in Engineering Planning and Design
    Principles of Economics
    Working in Groups and Teams
    Engineering Report Writing
    Introduction to Decision-Making
    Project Scheduling
    Introduction to Sustainability
    Environmental and Social Impacts of Engineering Projects
    Professional Ethics
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will work in small groups supervised by an academic from the School on a research project. The final outcome will be a research report of a high quality that conforms to the standards employed in civil engineering.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Task Due Date Weighting Learning Objectives Addressed
    Exam (2 hour closed book) June exam period 50% A,B,C,D,E,F,I
    Final Group Research Report Week 12 28% B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I
    Draft Group Project Report Week 8 5% B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I
    Research report proposed methodology Week 5 2% B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I
    In-class tutorial quizzes Weekly throughout the semester 10% B,C,D,E,F
    On-line Quizzes Weekly throughout the semester 5% B,C,D,E,F
    TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students are expected to participate in the engineering challenge and to attend all group meetings for the project. Attendance at lectures and tutorials is optional, but material discussed in these
    is examinable.

    In order to pass the course each student must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Obtain at least 50% for the combined project mark (draft and final group reports);
    • Obtain a mark of at least 40% in the exam; and
    • Obtain an overall mark of at least 50%
    Assessment Detail
    The Exam will be closed book exam with a combination of essay-type questions and multiple choice questions.

    The Draft Group Report and the Final Group Report will be assessed by the project supervisor with a review by other project supervisors. Assessment criteria will be circulated to the class early in the semester. Students will be asked to complete a peer assessment for the work of other members in the group. The peer assessment will be used together with an assessment made by the supervisor to assign marks to individual members of the group.

    Online Quizzes will be multiple-choice and will be marked online automatically.

    In class tutorials will run each week and while being valuable for learning will also contribute to the final assessment.

    The draft group report should be submitted directly to the group supervisor. The final group report should be submitted as requested by the date nominated by the Course Coordinator. Both submissions need to have the standard School assessment cover sheet attached and signed by all members of the group. Late submissions will attract a late penalty of 10% per day (or part thereof) and will be automatically failed if submitted more than 5 days late.

    Any student who obtains a mark of less than 50% for the group project will automatically fail the course and will not be offered a supplementary exam on academic grounds.

    A supplementary exam on academic grounds will be offered to any student who obtains a mark of 50% or more for the group project and either:

    (1)  Obtains an overall mark of between 40% and 49% for the course; or

    (2)  Obtains an overall mark of 50% or more for the course and obtains a mark of less than 40% for the exam

    If a supplementary exam on academic grounds is offered, the student’s final mark
    will be based entirely on the supplementary exam. In any case, the final mark
    can’t be more than 50%.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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