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CIVL1900: Introduction to Civil Engineering

The objective of this unit of study is to introduce students to the field of civil engineering and its areas of specialisation: structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, transportation engineering, and humanitarian engineering. The unit will cover basic physics concepts relevant to civil engineering. The unit will equip students with knowledge of foundational civil engineering tools and techniques such as the identification and calculation of loads on structures, structural systems, and load paths in structures. The unit covers design and construction issues related to the use of standard materials such as steel, concrete, and timber. The unit includes several design tasks and a design project with an emphasis on issues associated with the impact of civil infrastructure on the natural environment, the economy, and social and humanitarian outcomes. The topics will provide a sound foundation for the further study of civil infrastructure design, analysis, construction, and maintenance.

Code CIVL1900
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
ENGG1800 or CHNG1108 or MECH1560 or AERO1560 or AMME1960 or BMET1960 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004 or ELEC1005
Assumed knowledge:
HSC Mathematics Extension 1

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

  • LO1. produce clear, concise written explanations of basic engineering principles
  • LO2. produce engineering drawings to communicate technical ideas
  • LO3. appreciate teamwork aspects of engineering work
  • LO4. appreciate practical problem-solving aspects of civil engineering
  • LO5. undertake elementary applications of basic science and engineering concepts in civil engineering
  • LO6. undertake and report on calculation tasks.
  • LO7. apply mathematical and statistical approaches to solving engineering problems