C&ENVENG 2067 - Construction, Management & Surveying

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the practical aspects of the construction industry. In particular, this will involve: engineering construction terminology; common construction methods and processes; project organisation and management; contracts and specifications; elementary surveying principles; and familiarisation with selected surveying equipment. Topics include: overview of the construction and engineering industries; contracts, specifications and tendering; occupational health safety and welfare, industrial relations; project management, scheduling, quality assurance, environmental aspects of construction, engineering ethics; civil construction - earthworks, embankments, foundations, retaining structures, pavements and tunnels; construction using concrete, steel, timber and masonry; residential construction; construction of bridges, dams, tunnels, skyscrapers and domes; introduction to civil engineering surveying incorporating: linear measurement; levelling; theodolite; horizontal and vertical curves.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 2067
    Course Construction, Management & Surveying
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam 60%, Coursework 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan Scott

    Course Coordinator and Primary Lecturer:
    Brendan Scott

    Yien Lik Kuo
    Bernadette Foley

    Assistant Lecturers:
    Caillin Millar
    Peter Miller
    Adrian Esplin

    Teaching Assistants:
    Gerhard Bartodziej
    Oi Yin Chung
    Course Timetable

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

    The Course Timetable is updated regularly and is available on the Construction, Management and Surveying MyUni page.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain contractual arrangements that may be adopted in the construction industry
    2 Compare and contrast different project delivery methods and recognise how risk is transferred
    3 Identify how a project scope is broken up into a series of trade packages for construction
    4 Explain workplace health, safety, welfare and environmental issues are relevant to the construction industry
    5 Read an interpret technical engineering drawings
    6 Estimate construction timelines and costs
    7 Recognise applicable techniques and limitations for steel and concrete structures, construction of roads, bridges and tunnels
    8 Operate basic surveying equipment and complete a levelling traverse
    9 Summarise the results of a practical experiment to a professional standard
    10 Recognises and applies the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics to construction insdustry applications

    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
    5, 6, 8, 9
    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
    5, 6, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Copies of PowerPoint slides and recordings of lectures, will be made available to students, at no cost, via MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    The following text books are recommended to assist your learning with this course:

    Bernold, L. E. (2013). Construction Equipment and Methods: Planning, Innovation, Safety, Wiley
    Nunnally, S. W. (2010). Construction Methods and Management, 8th Edition, Pearson


    Kavanagh, B. F. (2009). Surveying with Construction Applications, 7th Edition, Pearson
    McCormac, J. C., Sarasua, W., Davis, W. (2012). Surveying, 6th Edition, Wiley

    Online Learning
    All resources (PowerPoint slides, tutorials, assignments, etc.) will be available on MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will involve the following teaching and learning approaches:
    • lectures;
    • tutorials;
    • site visit(s);
    • quizzes;
    • surveying practical exercises; and
    • examination.
    The schedule for the above will be available on MyUni.


    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.

    Activity Contact Hours Independent Study Hours Total
    Lectures & interactive learning modules
    24 43 67
    Quizzes and preparation
    2 10 12
    Survey Practicals
    5 10 15
    Site Visits and report 6 10 16
    Tutorials  2 22 24
    Exam preparation 0 20 20
    Exam  2 0 2
    Total 41 115 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will cover the following topics:

    Construction and Management:
    • Introduction and overview of construction industry
    • Contracts and Specifications
    • Project Management, Quality, Environmental and Ethics
    • Workplace Health and Safety
    • Tendering and Project Cost Estimation
    • Civil Construction
      • Earthworks
      • Pavements, Tunnels
    • Concrete Construction
    • Steel Construction
    • Linear measurement
    • Levelling
    • Theodolite and Stadia.
  • 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
    Surveying Practical report 10 Group Formative Weeks 9-12 8. 9.
    Examination 50 Individual Summative Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Quizzes 15 Individual Formative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Site Visit Reports 10 Individual Formative 1. 3. 4. 5. 7.
    Assignments 15 Group Formative 3. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Where the exam hurdle is not met students will receive a course result of the lesser of their calculated grade and the nominal
    grade of 45, Fail.

    In addition, and in accordance with the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy, students must complete all specified mandated assesment tasks to be eligible for an Additional Assessment:
    : Surveying Practical Report
    : Tutorial assignment on Project Cost Estimation

    Exemptions for prior work
    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.  Exemptions will not be considered for exams, in-class quizzes or tutorials. 

    Group work
    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.
    Assessment Detail
    Refer to MyUni for Assessment details.
    All tutorial assignments must be submitted electronically on MyUni.  Reports must be submitted in the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office (Eng. North N136) at or before 4pm on the nominated due date.  

    Late submissions will be penalised at the rate of 10% per day unless an extension was granted by the course coordinator prior to the nominated due date due to medical or extenuating circumstances.  Any requests for extensions must be communicated via email prior to the deadline.  No credit will be given for submissions received more than five working days after the nominated due date unless an extension was granted by the Course Coordinator.
    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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