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CIVL5330: Global Engineering Field Work

The aim of this unit of study is to provide fieldwork experience for undergraduate engineering students. The unit of study is one of the four subjects offered in the Humanitarian Engineering Major. The fieldwork will be between two to four weeks in either a developing country or remote communities in Australia. From this fieldwork experience, students will learn about the diversity of communities in need and how engineering can be used to address some of these problems. The fieldwork will focus on applying the human-centered design process to a student identified design challenge in the community. It is not anticipated that there will be any implemented project at the conclusion of the fieldwork. However, the fieldwork design challenge will result in student-generated ideas that the local partner organisation might wish to develop further. The fieldwork unit will require students to demonstrate an applied use of engineering skills, cross-cultural competence, effective communication, resilience and an ability to work closely in teams. Enrolment in this subject is competitive and is open to undergraduate engineering students from any stream of engineering.

Code CIVL5330
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. co-ordinate various people, skills, processes, resources, agencies, and finances in a practical situation
  • LO2. identify supplementary skills in others and use them appropriately
  • LO3. maintain appropriate language and behaviour expected of professionals as implied and expressed in the standards of Engineers Australia
  • LO4. identify ethical contradictions and express these to supervisors
  • LO5. present complex ideas in audience-appropriate language and terms
  • LO6. express clearly the interplay and contradictions between theory and practice
  • LO7. use a variety of forms of communication to express relevant experiences and analyses
  • LO8. express self-analysis in a way that is relevant to the audience
  • LO9. synthesise information from a variety of sources, and make sound decisions about this information based on relevance and reliability
  • LO10. identify human issues and local constraints, and design appropriate solutions
  • LO11. analyse the process of implementing an engineering solution, and the ability to create better project outcomes by improving the process
  • LO12. apply specialised engineering knowledge to propose improvements in the delivery of humanitarian and developmental projects.

Unit outlines

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