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We are aiming for an incremental return to campus in accordance with guidelines provided by NSW Health and the Australian Government. Until this time, learning activities and assessments will be planned and scheduled for online delivery where possible, and unit-specific details about face-to-face teaching will be provided on Canvas as the opportunities for face-to-face learning become clear.

Unit of study_

CIVL1810: Engineering Construction and Surveying

Construction: Fundamental understanding of construction materials and techniques underpins Civil design and complements a rigorous analysis covered in other units such as Structural Mechanics and Soil Mechanics. In this unit students will be introduced to the realities of on-site civil construction. For many students this comes as a completely foreign experience and the methods they need to use to succeed in this unit rely on the student building his or her own awareness of the construction world and how it operates. This will be guided by the lectures and on-line material, but will not be spoon-fed to the students. This unit presents concepts introducing students to engineering construction including: - design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, embankments and other earthworks, hauling and associated operations; - conceptual and formative exposure to building construction methods and materials, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber; - drilling and blasting. Surveying: The unit also introduces Engineering Survey topics, where the aims are: - give an overall view of the functions of surveying and it's service role in Civil construction; - become acquainted with selected specific surveying techniques, such as: (a) to provide basic analogue methods of distance, angle and height measurement and, (b) to provide an understanding of three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment with associated data capture ability, and; - to give an insight into future trends in the use of GPS and GIS systems. Students should develop basic competency in earthwork engineering and awareness of costing issues in formulating building proposals (through simplified examples). Economic optimisation is investigated, and how this impinges on decisions of construction, including proposing and analysing systems and methods, estimation of probable output, unit cost and productivity evaluation. Students should have a basic knowledge of vertical construction in reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber. Students should also develop proficiency in the design and implementation of mapping systems in Civil Engineering, using analogue and electronic field equipment and associated software packages. The tutorial exercises give practise for students to implement what they have learned from lectures and their own research about the framework under which construction projects are formulated and analysed; construction engineering fundamentals; construction systems related to excavation, hauling and embankment construction, including selection and evaluation of plant and methods as well as the expected output and cost; introduction to construction operations management, introduction to engineering surveying, distance measurement, angle measurement, levelling, traversing, topographic surveys, electronic surveying equipment, future surveying technologies. While prior exposure to an actual construction site would be beneficial, in any case the key for success in this unit is for the student to develop a hungry curiosity for the world of construction and the professionals and personalities which form the intricate patchwork of talent which sees complex projects through to successful completion.

Details

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL1810
Unit name Engineering Construction and Surveying
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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CIVL2810
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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CIVL1900. Some statistical awareness is an advantage and co-enrolment in MATH1005 Statistics is advised. HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or completion of (MATH1001 or MATH1021) and MATH1002 are sufficient for non-statistical maths preparation

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Faham Tahmasebinia, faham.tahmasebinia@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Faham Tahmasebinia , faham.tahmasebinia@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Faham Tahmasebinia , faham.tahmasebinia@sydney.edu.au
Alireza Akbarzadeh Chiniforush, a.a.chiniforush@sydney.edu.au
Leonardo Crespo Parraga, leonardo.crespoparraga@sydney.edu.au
Administrative staff Mr Todd Budrodeen will undertake the surveying demonstration part.
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Final Exam
Students should solve some real technical problems.
50% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment The first technical report
This is a technical report based on the technical writing.
10% Week -03 Maximum 2 pages/a week
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment The second technical report.
This is a technical report based on the technical writing.
10% Week -05 Maximum 2 pages / a week
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment The Third Assignment
This is an individual report based on the engineering judgment.
10% Week 08 3 pages / 2 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment The Survey Equipment Demonstration Report
In this assignment, students will discuss about the Survey Equipment.
10% Week 10 6 pages / 2 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Survey Assignment
This is a survey assignment.
10% Week 12 5 Pages/2 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

The assessment will be based on the five technical assignments and a final take home exam. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The late submission will be reduced 10 % per day after the due date.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Pre-semester This unit will have 2 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial sessions per week. Also, students will have a field work activity in the surveying part which will be replaced by a survey equipment demonstration by the end of the semester. Online class (36 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Attending to the online tutorial sessions are compulsory. Students will be panelised if they are not able to attend or could not have contribution during the online tutorial sessions.   

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

In this students are supposed to take special attentions to the available lecture slides as well as the recorded lectures. Extra technical materials will be provided through the CANVAS. 

 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate competence in technical writing
  • LO2. understand the impact of construction projects and aspects to be considered in selection of methods and materials
  • LO3. understand design, control, management, measurement, and construction methods for excavation, embankments, and other earthworks, hauling, and associated operations
  • LO4. understand building construction fundamentals, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, and timber
  • LO5. demonstrate practical competence in methods of distance, angle, and height measurement
  • LO6. demonstrate practical competence and conceptual awareness of three dimensional mapping, using basic total station electronic field equipment
  • LO7. demonstrate knowledge in application of GPS and GIS systems.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
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