C&ENVENG 1009 - Civil & Environmental Engineering IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course provides an introduction to civil and environmental engineering design covering the sub-discipline areas of water, structural and geotechnical engineering. Students work in small groups to produce civil engineering designs and drawings. This group work will develop the key engineering attributes of team and communication skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1009
    Course Civil & Environmental Engineering IA
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 48 hours lectures, tutorials and design practicals
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics and Maths Studies
    Assessment 3 design projects
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan Scott

    For each section of the course, there is an academic supervisor that specialises in that field.

    Lecturer Email Course component Duration
    Bree Bennett bree.bennett@adelaide.edu.au Water Engineering Weeks 1-4
    Craig Willis craig.willis@adelaide.edu.au Structural Engineering Weeks 5-8
    Brendan Scott * brendan.scott@adelaide.edu.au Geotechnical Engineering Weeks 9-12
    * Course Coordinator

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the following learning objectives:


    1. Awareness of the role of Civil and Environmental engineering, the types of infrastructure projects Civil and Environmental engineers are involved with, the professional activities Civil and Environmental engineers are involved with and the skills and knowledge required to be a Civil and Environmental engineer.
    2. Competence in Civil and Environmental engineering design (water, structural and geotechnical).
    3. Demonstrated ability to present design calculations that can be readily checked for relevance and correctness.
    4. Competence in using computers and information technology effectively.
    5. Ability to prepare and interpret engineering sketches and drawings.
    6. Competence in problem identification, formulation and solution.
    7. Competence in creative and innovative thinking.
    8. Ability to effectively synthesise information and ideas.
    9. Ability to communicate effectively with others in the engineering profession and the community.
    10. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
    11. Ability to manage effectively the allocation of time in performing tasks.

    Water Engineering

    12. Demonstrated understanding of the rainfall-runoff process, including a number of key concepts such as design flow,catchment area, time of concentration and intensity-frequency-duration relationships.
    13. Demonstrated ability to apply the rational method in an applied context.
    14. Demonstrated understanding of open channel flow, including key concepts such as normal flow, normal depth, hydraulic radius and hydraulic efficiency.
    15. Demonstrated ability to design an open channel during steady, uniform conditions in an applied context.

    Structural Engineering

    16. Familiarisation with the general principles of static equilibrium.
    17. Demonstrated understanding of truss member behaviour (i.e. tension, compression, buckling).
    18. Demonstrated ability to complete an iterative design process (e.g. optimisation of the strength-to-weight ratio).

    Geotechnical Engineering

    19. Demonstrated ability in evaluating the loads imposed by the superstructure on the ground.
    20. Demonstrated ability to choose a suitable foundation system and size it.
    21. Demonstrated ability to determine the optimal foundation system that balances materials used against the requirements for safety and serviceability.

    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. 1-21
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-21
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-21
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8, 9, 10, 11
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-21
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-21
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 6-11
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no specified textbooks for this course. Lecture notes will be made available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Lectures and tutorials will be conducted to provide you with the necessary design skills for the course. Drawing tutorials will be conducted to introduce a Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) package, which will be used to prepare the design drawings.
    Online Learning
    Where necessary, outside of formal contact times, communication and distribution of materials will be via e-mail and/or MyUni. It is the student's responsibility to check these regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The formal learning activities are lectures supported by tutorials developing material covered in lectures.

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements:
    • Lectures, tutorials and computer aided drawing classes: up to 4.0 hours / week
    • Coursework submissions: 2.0 hours / week
    • Self-study: 2.0 hours / week
    Learning Activities Summary
    The timing of the course allows four weeks for each engineering discipline, with full details of timing of learning activities and assessment tasks to be advised as the semester progresses. In general, the course material will be presented in an intensive format at the start of each discipline section. The remaining face-to-face sessions will be conducted as interactive consultation times where student design teams can receive formative feedback on their design work. CAD tutorials do not commence until Week 2, and run for four weeks (Weeks 2-5).
  • 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
    The timing of each assessment task will be provided in the relevant course section.

    The assessment tasks reflect the "Course Learning Objectives" outlined previsouly. Students are expected to be familiar with relevant University policies related toassessment, particularly the Good Practice Guidelines on Assessment for Staff and Students (refer http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/).

    As the assessment tasks require group work, the same mark will be allocated to all group members. In cases of unequal contributions to groupwork, students should complete a self-and-peer assessment form.

    Component Assessment Tasks %
    Water Report (including calculations and drawings) 32
    Structural Report (including calculations and drawings) 32
    Structural Verification and Truss Testing 4
    Geotechnical Report (including calculations and drawings) 32
    TOTAL 100
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In addition to the "Course Grading" system indicated below, to pass this course, you must obtain at least 35% for each of the three design project components (hurdle requirement).
    Assessment Detail
    The engineering design component involves the design of a truss bridge spanning between piers to cross a modified waterway.
    Calculations and drawings will be deliverables for each engineering component (you must keep copies for your reference).
    • Water Engineering: The modified waterway will be designed based on the hydrology of the design region. This involves quantification of the design streamflow (using hydrology) and selection of the channel cross section (using hydraulics);
    • Structural Engineering: The waterway will be spanned by three (3) identical truss bridges. The central span is to be designed using the truss analysis techniques introduced in ‘Engineering Mechanics: Statics’. A model truss will be designed, constructed and tested to demonstrate core engineering design principles; and,
    • Geotechnical Engineering: The truss bridges must be supported at their ends by piles to resist the support reactions. Piled footings will be designed to resist the loads from the truss bridges. The engineering concepts of load path and bearing capacity will be essential.
    Students are expected to be familiar with the University policy on plagiarism and collusion (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/plagiarism/). Anyone involved in cheating is liable to receive 0 marks for that assessment. This applies equally to those who copy other’s work and pass it off as their own, and to those whose work is copied. Students may be asked to demonstrate their CAD ability as part of the assessment.

    Late submissions will only be accepted for the Design Projects. However, there will be a loss of 10% of the marks obtained if the submission is less than 24 hours late, 20% if the submission is between 24-48 hours late and so on. Extensions will only be granted under special circumstances (e.g. medical or compassionate grounds) and must be sought for each assessment task individually. Extensions will not be granted less than 24 hours before the deadline for a given task, with the exception of a medical certificate.
    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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