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Unit of study_

CIVL2110: Materials

Materials are an important part of the civil engineers' work. Indeed, civil engineers who are concerned with the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities need to understand the behaviour and performance of the materials used. And as it happens, mechanical properties- which are essential and basic for civil engineers- are highly dependent on the structure of materials at various scales. Therefore, it is important that a student in Civil Engineering possesses a fundamental knowledge in materials science. This unit of study aims to provide students with the tools necessary to select the adequate material for a particular application and to assess its mechanical behaviour while in use. This course will focus mainly on materials for civil engineering and construction applications, i. e. metals, concrete and soils.

Details

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL2110
Unit name Materials
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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AMME1362
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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ENGG1802 or CIVL1802

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Gwenaelle Proust, gwenaelle.proust@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Microscopy assessment
Online assessment
5% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6
Final exam Final exam: Take home exam component
Take home exam
25% - 2.5+ hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Final exam Final exam : quiz component
one hour time limited quiz on CANVAS
35% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Quiz 1
online quiz
6.25% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Quiz 2
online quiz
6.25% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Quiz 3
online quiz
6.25% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Quiz 4
online quiz
6.25% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Lab report
10% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
  • Quiz: 4 quizzes of 40 min each during tutorial sessions, closed book. Only the three best marks for the quizzes will count towards the final mark.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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:

No late penalties as in class assessment

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

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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 1. Crystallography; 2. Introduction to the course; 3. Atomic structure Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 1. Grain growth; 2. Imperfections in solids Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 03 1. Phase diagram; 2. Diffusion Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 04 1. Mechanical properties; 2. Phase diagram Online class (5 hr)  
Week 05 1. Strengthening mechanisms; 2. Mechanical properties Online class (5 hr)  
Week 06 1. Fatigue and creep; 2. Fracture mechanics Online class (5 hr)  
Week 07 Corrosion Online class (5 hr)  
Week 08 1. Material selection; 2. Aluminium and steels Online class (5 hr)  
Week 09 1. Friction in soil and rock; 2. Friction, soil characteristics Online class (5 hr)  
Week 10 1. Case-studies; 2. Welding Online class (5 hr)  
Week 11 Concrete Online class (5 hr)  
Week 12 Concrete Online class (5 hr)  
Week 13 Concrete Online class (5 hr)  

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. design a presentation using powerpoint and write a lab report
  • LO2. select the correct material for an application and appreciate the repercussions of an incorrect selection
  • LO3. comprehend the relations between the structure of materials and their mechanical properties
  • LO4. apply basic materials concepts relative to materials structures
  • LO5. describe and utilise mechanical concepts such as stress, strain, elasticity, plasticity, fracture, fatigue and creep that will be used in other units of study in Civil Engineering.
  • LO6. become familiar with microscopy concepts related to materials engineering

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

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
5.9. Skills in documenting results, analysing credibility of outcomes, critical reflection, developing robust conclusions, reporting outcomes.
LO2
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
2.1. Appropriate range and depth of learning in the technical domains comprising the field of practice informed by national and international benchmarks.
LO3
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2.2. Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
1.2. Tackling technically challenging problems from first principles.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2.1. Appropriate range and depth of learning in the technical domains comprising the field of practice informed by national and international benchmarks.
2.2. Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
5.1. An appreciation of the scientific method, the need for rigour and a sound theoretical basis.
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