CIVILENG 1002 - Introduction to Infrastructure

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

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 CIVILENG 1002
    Course Introduction to Infrastructure
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    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: Professor Phillip Visintin


    Introduction to Infrastructure is co-delivered by Prof. Martin Lambert (Weeks 1-4), Prof. (Alex) Ching Tai Ng (Weeks 5-8) and Prof. Mark Jaksa (Weeks 9-12).
    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.


    Other 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 Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  
     
    1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.53.6
    B B A B B C A A A B B B B
    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.

    1,2,3,4,5

    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.

    2,3

    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.

    2,3,4

    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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3,4

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None.
    Recommended Resources
    Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering by Michael Penn and Philip Parker, Wiley

    Engineering by Natasha McCarty, Oneworld Publications

    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
    - tutorials
    - design sessions and group workshops

    Workload

    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.

    The course will be delivered in hybrid mode, with the lectures consisting of a series of online modules, which will be typically one-hour in duration each week. A one-hour face-to-face tutorial session will be held each week of the semester, and in Weeks 1 to 8, a 2-hour small group discovery session will also be scheduled.  

    Typically, students should expect 4 hours of scheduled contact each week, with an additional 3 hours per week to complete the required assignments.

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

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

    Prof. (Alex) Ching Tai Ng
    4.         Introduction to structural engineering
    5.         Introduction to drawing for civil engineers
    6.         Life-cycle Costing for Civil Engineers 

    Prof. 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%

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 30% has been granted.

    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
    The course includes the following assignments:

    Weeks 1 to 4 (30%):
    Tutorial 1: Locating Services (2%)
    Tutorial 2: Water Resources, Catchments and Rainfall (2%)
    Tutorial 3: Flow in Rivers and Pipes (2%)
    Tutorial 4: Transportation Engineering (Traffic Flows) (2%)

    Workshop Report 1: Engineering the Future (8%)
    Workshop Report 2: Water Supply from a Catchment (8%)
    Workshop Report 3: Multi-modal Transport Systems (6%)

    Weeks 5 to 8 (40%):
    Structural Engineering Design Assignment (35%)
    Structural Engineering online tutorials (5 x 1% each)

    Weeks 9 to 12 (30%):
    Geotechnical Engineering Retaining Wall Design Assignment (20%)
    Historical Perspective of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Video Assignment (10%)

    Specific details of these assignments will be provided on MyUni.
    Submission
    The assignments will be submitted via MyUni and the due dates will be as follows:

    Weeks 1 to 4:
    Tutorial 1: Locating Services: Week 2
    Tutorial 2: Water Resources, Catchments and Rainfall: Week 3
    Tutorial 3: Flow in Rivers and Pipes: Week 4
    Tutorial 4: Transportation Engineering (Traffic Flows): Week 5

    Workshop Report 1: Engineering the Future: Week 4
    Workshop Report 2: Water Supply from a Catchment: Week 5
    Workshop Report 3: Multi-modal Transport Systems: Week 6

    Weeks 5 to 8:
    Structural Engineering Design Assignment: Week 8
    Structural Engineering online tutorials: Weeks 5 to 8 

    Weeks 9 to 12:
    Geotechnical Engineering Retaining Wall Design Assignment: Week 12
    Historical Perspective of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Video Assignment: Week 13

    Specific dates will be provided during the course via 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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