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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_

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.

Details

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL1900
Unit name Introduction to Civil Engineering
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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ENGG1800 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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AK: HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Mike Bambach, mike.bambach@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Online exam
Online exam via Canvas
25% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Online task Loads quiz
Online Canvas quiz
10% Week 06 30min
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Online task Load paths quiz
Online Canvas quiz
10% Week 08 30min
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Online task Design quiz
Online Canvas quiz
10% Week 10 30min
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Online task Build quiz
Online Canvas quiz
10% Week 12 30min
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Drawing assignment
Submitted online to Canvas
10% Week 13 3 drawings
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Written assignment
Submitted online to Canvas
25% Week 13 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
  • Online quizzes: The quizzes will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical aspects of the civil engineering concepts covered in the lectures in open-book online Canvas quizzes
  • Assignments submitted online: One drawing and one written assignment will be submitted online to Canvas at the end of semester
  • Online final exam: There is a final exam at the end of semester. The exam is online in Canvas and open book and will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the civil engineering concepts covered in the unit. 

 

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

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

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:

Standard.

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
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (1 hr) LO4
Engineering drawing 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 02 Loads 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7
Engineering drawing 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 Loads 2 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7
Loads 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7
Week 04 Load paths 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Loads 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7
Week 05 Load paths 2 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Load paths 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Design 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Load paths 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Design 2 Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Design 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Build 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO6
Design 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Build 2 Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO6
Build 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 10 Introduction to Machine Learning 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO7
Build 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 11 Introduction to Machine Learning 2 Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO7
Introduction to Machine Learning 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO7
Week 12 Introduction to Machine Learning (Advanced topics) Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO7
Introduction to Machine Learning 2 Tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO7
Week 13 Exam revision Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Exam revision Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

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.

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. 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

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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