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CIVL4203: Major Industrial Project

Semester 1, 2022 [Supervision] - Remote

Students spend 6 months at an industrial placement working on a major engineering project relevant to Civil Engineering. This is a 24 credit point unit, which may be undertaken as an alternative to CIVL4022/4023 Thesis and two other subjects as approved by the Civil Director of Undergraduate studies. The two other subjects will most commonly be Civil electives, and students will normally need to have 12cp of Civil electives available in their degree at the time of enrolment in CIVL4203. Places in this unit are limited and dependent on the availability of suitable industry partners. Students will be required to have consistently high academic results in their previous years. If there are more applicants than there are available positions an applicant will be chosen based on the highest WAM and and other suitability factors relating to the project and the company. This unit of study gives students experience in carrying out a major project within an industrial environment, and in preparing and presenting detailed technical reports (both oral and written) on their work. The project is carried out under joint University/industry supervision, with the student essentially being engaged full-time on the project at the industrial site. The placement is usually a full-time on-site placement for one semester in the student's final year.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CIVL4203
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 24
CIVL4022 or CIVL4023 or ENGG4000
[36 credits of 3000 level units of study] and WAM >= 70
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Pierre Rognon,
Project supervisor(s) Pierre Rognon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment THESIS
Full academic honours thesis presenting the student`s discovered philosophy
60% Formal exam period between 40 and 80 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Creative assessment / demonstration Management
participation in scheduled meetings and reporting as scheduled by sprvsr
5% Multiple weeks participation
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Project Proposal
outlining the need for the investigation, prior results and intended scope
5% Week 02 approximately 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Assignment Progress Report
Detailed description of activities to date, with interim report of results
10% Week 08 2000-3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3
Assignment Industrial Supervisors Collaboration Report
joint report (with industrial supervisor) to management on the progress of
10% Week 13 as required
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment Presentation
Either a business case presentation (on site to company senior managers) o
10% Week 13 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3

Assessment summary

Assessments help determine how much the student has effectively applied him/herself to the industrial setting of the research.

Assessment criteria

  • 1. Project Proposal: ~2,000 word report outlining the need for the investigation, prior results and intended scope and method of research.
  • 2. Progress Report:  Detailed description of activities to date, with interim report of results and analysis of results. Report on any change of scope or direction of project, and schedule for completion. (2000-3000 words)
  • 3. Industrial Supervisors Collaboration Report - joint report (with industrial supervisor) to management on the progress of investigations with reference to business issues: costing, investment, safety, efficiency, product performance, etc. Includes Supervisor report on Student. (length as required)
  • 4. Presentation: Either a business case presentation (on site to company senior managers) or an academic presentation (to a panel of academics). 15 minutes detailing the results and implications of the research performed.
  • 5. Thesis: Full academic honours thesis presenting the student`s discovered philosophy based on the project research and activities. Usually between 40 and 80 pages (excluding appendices).   
  • 6. Management is an assessment of the students participation in scheduled meetings and reporting as scheduled by his/her supervisors (both industry and academic). 
  • 7. Work experience report and reflection on degree similar to ENGG4000 report.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

For more information see 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:

In accordance with university policy.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Progress Meeting One-to-one tuition (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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 24 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 480-600 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. Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) 1. Ability to interpret results in relation to existing knowledge 2. Ability to undertake a literature review and to critically examine published data and findings. 3. Ability to produce a large professional quality engineering report 4. Oral presentation skills
  • LO2. Project and Team Skills (Level 5) 5. Ability to set objectives and organise a program of work, and to complete the work within the required time frame and specifications 6. An understanding of the role of engineers in the workplace, the management structure of engineering firms, and their role in society 7. Ability to communicate and work cooperatively with others.
  • LO3. Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) 8. Gain an understanding of engineering, OH&S and project management practices
  • LO4. Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) 9. Develop in depth technical knowledge of engineering processes related to the project
  • LO5. Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) 10. Ability to critically analyse results and findings and to contribute original insights to the investigation.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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