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CIVL4203: Major Industrial Project

Semester 2, 2023 [Supervision] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Enrolment in this unit is through a competitive scholarship application process which requires a WAM of at least 70. Successful applicants are partnered with an industry organisation where they will complete 6 months full‐time at the organisation's site to carry out an engineering applied research project and other work assigned by the organisation. Students will receive a monthly scholarship payment from the University. This unit effectively replaces two thesis units and two elective units. Project work will be jointly supervised by an academic from the school and also a nominated industry supervisor.

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 Proposal
Refer to canvas - due date is at the end of week 4 based on your start date
5% - Details available in canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7
Assignment Progress Report
Due in week 12 relative to your agreed starting date
5% - Details available in canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5
Assignment Draft Report
Due in week 22 to allow feedback from your supervisor prior to final report
5% - refer to canvas for details
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Honours thesis Thesis Report
Final thesis report - due in week 26 relative to your start date
70% - Details available in canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Oral Presentation
Presentation of completed work at uni and/or at worksite - due week 26
15% - Details available in canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO6

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. Due dates for each task are relative to your project START DATE

Assessment criteria

Assessment rubrics are available in canvas for each task

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:

5% per day penalty will be applied on the late submissions

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

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.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
- Academic seminar Presentation (1 hr) LO6
Company seminar Presentation (1 hr) LO6
Multiple weeks Fortnightly review of progress with supervisors One-to-one tuition (13 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Weekly Conduct research project and complete case studies on selected units and practical experience. 37.5 hours per week for 26 weeks at company's worksite Independent study (975 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Students will be required to commit 37.5 hours per week for 26 weeks to project work at an industrial worksite.

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. Investigate stakeholder needs and apply research methods to solve a complex industry problem or inform a complex decision or create a new product or process
  • LO2. Apply project management techniques in the planning and execution of an applied research project
  • LO3. Demonstrate in-depth technical knowledge related to the project
  • LO4. Identify additional learning needs required to carry out the research project, seek out learning resources and apply new skills and knowledge
  • LO5. Apply both industry and academic standard documentation practices in the process of documenting project progress and outcomes
  • LO6. Synthesise and present project findings to academic and industry colleagues in both formal and informal presentations
  • LO7. Work competently within organisational structures and policies, particularly those relating to Work Health and Safety

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Major changes in S2 2023 to harmonise ESIPS units across the faculty and to respond to student feedback

Work, health and safety

  • All research work must be completed in accordance with Company, School, Faculty and University WHS policies. This includes:
    • Completing appropriate lab inductions before commencing lab-based work
    • Where applicable, completing a risk assessment before commencing experimental work
  • Ensure that you discuss all WHS-specific aspects of your project with your supervisor at the outset.


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