C&ENVENG 1009 - Civil & Environmental Engineering I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 I
    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: Professor Dmitri Kavetski

    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
    Phillip Visintin phillip.visintin@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
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain 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 Discuss 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 Use computers and information technology effectively;
    5 Demonsterated ability to prepare and interpret engineering sketches and drawings;
    6 Apply problem identification, formulation and solution;
    7 Demonstrate creative and innovative thinking;
    8 Demonstrated ability to effectively synthesise information and ideas;
    9 Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with others in the engineering profession and the community;
    10 Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Water Engineering Online Quiz 4 Individual Summative Week 4 1. 6. 8.
    Water Engineering Design Project 28 Individual Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Structural Engineering Design Project 32 Group Summative Week 8 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Structural Engineering Truss Model Testing 4 Group Summative Week 8 1. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Geotechnical Enigneering Design Project 32 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester.

    This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.

    Where a student's final result is in the range of 45-49, an Additional Assessment in the form of an exam may be offered and in accordance with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment policy, the student must complete Water design report, Structural design report and Geotechnical design report.

    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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