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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. understand the application of global humanitarian and development frameworks to locally implemented projects
  • LO2. collect field data to identify human development challenges facing communities
  • LO3. synthesise and evaluate information and data from a variety of sources to inform sound engineering decisions in resource-constrained settings
  • LO4. apply specialised engineering knowledge to propose improvements in the delivery of humanitarian and development projects
  • LO5. convey engineering analysis to multi-cultural audiences to inform effective technical solutions and policy recommendations
  • LO6. apply ethical and appropriate judgement in development practice while introspectively examining positionality

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.