CEME 7050 - Design Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course will involve a capstone design project emulating a real world project, which involves various aspects of structural, geotechnical and water engineering. Students choosing to major in either of these sub disciplines of civil engineering, will focus their efforts and attention on their chosen major. In completing the design project, students will become familiar with the complexities, uncertainties, and ambiguities of the design process. Students will need to demonstrate a capacity for self-management, independent learning and higher level professional communication skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 7050
    Course Design Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Scott Smith

    Structural Engineering Design Practice: Prof. Scott Smith, Mr. Leo Noicos, Mr. James Bentley, Mr. Xin Wang, Dr Tafsirojjaman
    Geotechnical Engineering Design Practice: Prof. Mark Jaksa, Dr. Matthew Duthy
    Water Engineering Design Practice: Prof. Martin Lambert, Dr. Michael Leonard
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply knowledge of structural/water/geotechnical engineering design principles to the conceptual design of civil infrastructure through the synthesis of the client’s requirements and evaluation of potential design options;

    2 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills by delivering a client briefing to present the conceptual designs evaluated;

    3 Demonstrate the fluid application of engineering techniques by scoping and subsequently preparing detailed design calculations to Australian design standards;

    4 Critically review design calculations prepared by others;

    5 Communicate the final design of a structure through the production of engineering drawings;

    6 Demonstrate orderly management of self and professional conduct by managing time effectively and behave in a professional manner in relationships with clients, industrial mentors and other stakeholders involved in the project; and

    7 Demonstrate the ability to function as an effective team member by earning the trust and confidence of colleagues through competent and timely completion of tasks, recognising the diversity of the team members and respect for alternative viewpoints.

    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 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 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)

    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, 3

    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.


    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.


    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The following Australian Standards are required for this course:
    Structural engineering component: AS 1100.501, AS 1170, AS 3600, AS 4100, AS2159;
    Water engineering component: AS 3500; 2118; 4118; 2419
    Geotechnical engineering component: AS 1726, AS 2159, AS 3798, AS 4482.1, AS 4678.
    These can be accessed through the university library website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    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.

    Each week contains a 1x two-hour formally scheduled session, where each sub-discipline (structures, water, geotech) is held in a different room at the same time. Students must enrol into one of the two-hour discipline workshops (see MyUni site for discipline room allocation). Students are asked to decide upon their chosen discipline (i.e. structures, water, geotech) by end of week 1 and to also ensure that they are enrolled in the corresponding workshop for that discipline. Sessions will be run mainly as design workshops in which the students interact with industry design engineers. This will be the only opportunity to engage with our consultants. Tutors and teachers for each discipline have also nominated additional consultation hours. In total, each discipline should have at least 4 hours of consultation time available that is spread out over at least three different days. It is in a student's best learning interests, as well as their commitment to their group, to attend all sessions and make the most of the contact time with the teaching staff in attendance.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Phase 1 Report* 15 (S, W, G) Group Summative 4 - 1-6
    Phase 2 Report* 40 (S, W)
    10 (G)
    Group Summative 9 (S, W)
    7 (G)
    - 1-6
    Phase 3 Report* 10 (S, W)
    40 (G)
    Group Summative 12 - 1-6
    Project Management 5 Individual Formative Ongoing - 6, 7
    Examination 30 Individual Summative Exam period Yes 1, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100

    S = Structures
    W = Water
    G = Geotech

    * For these assessment tasks it is compulsory that students complete a peer assessment 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 Detail

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    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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