CIVILENG 4050 - Design Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CIVILENG 4050 Course Design Practice 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 N Prerequisites ((C&ENVENG 3005 or CEME 3002 or CIVILENG 3002) and (C&ENVENG 3007 or CEME 3003 or CIVILENG 3003) and (C&ENVENG 3020 or CEME 3001 or CIVILENG 3001)) Course Description This course will involve an authentic design project emulating a real-world project in the civil engineering consulting profession. Students will consolidate and apply knowledge form across the structural engineering stream of the Civil Engineering program in order to complete a design according to Australian Standards. In completing this design students will receive mentoring from industry practitioners and become familiar with the complexities and ambiguities of design. Students will need to demonstrate a capacity for self-management, independent learning and higher-level professional communication skills.
Course Coordinator: Professor Phillip VisintinStructural 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
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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 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):
1.1 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 A A C — — — B B C — A B B A A A
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.
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.
Required ResourcesThe 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;
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.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.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle Learning outcomes Phase 1 Report* 15 (S, W, G) Group Summative 4 - 1-6 Phase 2 Report* 40 (S, W)
Group Summative 9 (S, W)
- 1-6 Phase 3 Report* 10 (S, W)
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.
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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
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