CONMGNT 1000 - Civil Engineering Construction Materials

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course will give students a detailed understanding of materials commonly employed in civil engineering and construction (steel, timber, masonry, concrete, asphalt, glazing) including their methods of manufacture, material properties, and life-cycle impact. The course will provide detailed guidance on material preparation (e.g. concrete and asphalt mix design) and material testing that are commonly employed in the construction and civil engineering disciplines. Course learning outcomes include: 1. Explain the importance of materials testing in the context of the appropriate Industry standards 2. Describe the manufacture process of a range of construction materials 3. Explain the environmental impact of a range of construction materials via life-cycle assessment as a part of materials selection and propose guidelines for alternate material selection. 4. Describe the basic material properties of a range of construction materials and the means by which they can be obtained through testing. 5. Undertake detailed mix design for a range of concretes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CONMGNT 1000
    Course Civil Engineering Construction Materials
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course will give students a detailed understanding of materials commonly employed in civil
    engineering and construction (steel, timber, masonry, concrete, asphalt, glazing) including their
    methods of manufacture, material properties, and life-cycle impact. The course will provide detailed
    guidance on material preparation (e.g. concrete and asphalt mix design) and material testing that are
    commonly employed in the construction and civil engineering disciplines.
    Course learning outcomes include:
    1. Explain the importance of materials testing in the context of the appropriate Industry standards
    2. Describe the manufacture process of a range of construction materials
    3. Explain the environmental impact of a range of construction materials via life-cycle assessment
    as a part of materials selection and propose guidelines for alternate material selection.
    4. Describe the basic material properties of a range of construction materials and the means by
    which they can be obtained through testing.
    5. Undertake detailed mix design for a range of concretes.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Phillip Visintin

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the importance of materials testing in the context of the appropriate industry standards

    2. Describe the manufacture process of a range of construction materials

    3. Explain the environmental impact of a range of construction materials

    4. Describe the basic material properties of a range of construction materials and the means by which they can be obtained through testing

    5. Undertake testing to obtain the properties of construction materials according to national standards




    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1,4,5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1,5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required resources to complete the course are available via myuni.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recomended resourses is provided on myuni.
    Online Learning
    All required learning resources and course information will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered in a flipped mode: lectures will be delivered online and should be viewed and the associated quiz questions completed before coming to workshop sessions.

    Workshop slots are used for providing additional examples, extending concepts introduced in the videos and as time for asking questions.

    Practical sessions will be used as the basis for developing a deeper understanding of material behaviour and testing, and students will need to use data collected in the practical sessions as the basis for both quantitative and qualitative interpretation.

    Formative and summative numerical assessments will be delivered using Mobius, mastery of concepts will require engagement with the questions.
    Workload

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

    The course is deliverd using a flipped classroom approach - students are required to have watched mini lecture videos and have completed the associated quizzes prior to workshop sessions.

    Workshop sessions are intended to supplement the lecture videos by extending and clarifying content concepts and providing time to discuss group project work.

    A series of 5 lab practicals will be undertaken throughout the course, the practicals are compulsory and are used as the basis for obtaining the data required to complete the 'practical reports' assessment task (45% course weighting).

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

    Assessment task weighting (%)
    Practical reports 45
    Examination 35
    Project 10
    Topic based quizzes 5
    Participation 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 (%)
    Practical reports 45
    Examination 30
    Project 15
    Topic based quizzes 5
    Participation 5

    Full details of specific assessment tasks and due dates is avaiable on myuni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The requirements of each assessment task is available on myuni.
    Assessment Detail
    The details of each assessment task is available on myuni.
    Submission
    The submission timing and requirements of each assessment task is available on myuni.
    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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