CEME 1002 - Introduction to Infrastructure

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course explores the central role of infrastructure in society, both locally and globally. It examines the different elements of infrastructure and incorporates links with industry and real life experience from technical, social, environmental, economic and sustainability perspectives. Students work in small groups to create civil engineering analyses, designs and drawings. The group work will develop the key engineering attributes of working together in a team and professional communication skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 1002
    Course Introduction to Infrastructure
    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
    Course Description This course explores the central role of infrastructure in society, both locally and globally. It examines the different elements of infrastructure and incorporates links with industry and real life experience from technical, social, environmental, economic and sustainability perspectives. Students work in small groups to create civil engineering analyses, designs and drawings. The group work will develop the key engineering attributes of working together in a team and professional communication skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Han Fang

    Introduction to infrastructure is co-delivered by Martin Lambert, Han Fang and Mark Jaksa.

    The course is coordinated by Han Fang.
    Course Timetable

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

    An outline of programmed lecture, workshop and tutorial times and locations can be found on the Course Planner. Note that not all programmed times will be used throughout the semester, please refer to MyUni for scheduled activities each week.

    XOther workshop and tutorial sessions will be as shown on Access Adelaide.  Please attend the class that you have enrolled in.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Course outcomes
    1. Identify elements of infrastructure, both locally and globally at a range of scales and their interactions with one another.
    2. Understand and evaluate the environmental, economic, social and sustainability constraints of infrastructure projects.
    3. Apply problem solving, teamwork and communication strategies to real life scenarios.
    4. Interpret existing and develop new engineering drawings of infrastructure.
    5. Analyse and evaluate the current condition of the nation's infrastructure.

    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, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 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
    Recommended Resources
    Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering by Michael Penn and Philip Parker, Wylie

    Engineering by Natasha McCarty, Oneworld, Oxford

    Online Learning
    Additional resources such as lecture slides, tutorials and the workshop or design project will be provided on MyUni. Students are expected to regularly check on MyUni for course announcements and utilise the Discussion Board for additional contact.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses several different teaching and learning approaches including:

    - online, pre-recorded lectures
    - online and face to face tutorials
    - design sessions and group workshops


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

    Design projects and assignments of varying size will be undertaken in groups throughout the semester. Projects will be undertaken in groups of 2 or 4 students. Online tutorials will be completed individually.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures and tutorials will be offered on the following topics:

    Martin Lambert
    1.         Overview of infrastructure and its role in society
    2.         Introduction to water engineering and water resources
    3.         Introduction to transport engineering

    Han Fang
    4.         Introduction to structural engineering
    5.         Introduction to drawing for civil engineers
    6.         Life-cycle Costing for Civil Engineers 

    Mark Jaksa
    7.         Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
    8.         Historical Perspective of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure
    9.         Grand Challenges in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure


  • 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
    Topics 1-3
    Design Workshop reports x 3 -  22%
    Tutorials x4  - 8%

    Topics 4-6
    Structural Engineering Project - 35% (20% design report, truss drawings 10%, 5% truss testing)
    Structural Engineering online tutorials - 5%

    Topics 7-9
    Geotechnical Engineering Project - 20%
    Historical Perspective of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure assignment -10%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Tutorials, Assignments, workshop design reports and the design reports have to be submitted electronically via MyUni. The penalty for late submissions of assignments, lab reports and design project is 10% per day or part thereof of being late. A late submission will only be allowed when a deferred deadline has been approved by the course coordinator prior to the due date because of medical or extenuating circumstances. Any requests for extensions must be communicated by email.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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