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48310 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering

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UTS: Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) plays a major role in the provision of basic infrastructure necessary to support the development and maintenance of urban and rural settlements. Students completing this subject gain an understanding of the scope of CEE and acquire relevant fundamental skills and knowledge.

Drawing and mapping are important communication skills used by civil and environmental engineers. Students have plenty of opportunity to develop these skills and receive feedback on their techniques in tutorials and learning activities such as group and individual projects, case study and assignments. A significant practice-oriented tutorial/laboratory component allows students to gain better understanding of theory and relevant skills, including engineering drawing by hand and computer-aided design (CAD) software, and mapping with geographical information system (GIS). In addition to graphical communication, engineering drawings and maps, the subject also includes some written/textual communication and common rules for communication and understanding. This subject provides:

  1. a sound foundation for further education in the processes of design, construction, operation and maintenance of community infrastructure.
  2. an understanding of the need to develop the necessary individual and collaborative skills in CEE project analysis and development.

Tutorials and other assessment tasks simulate workplace-based problem solving and at a 'basic' level (i.e. at a level that an engineering student could experience during their first internship).

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Explain the fundamentals of Civil and Environmental Engineering processes and terminology
2. Identify the concepts and ramifications of CEE
3. Conduct engineering drawing with hand drafting and CAD software, and spatial data processing with GIS software
4. Comprehend the need to work within acceptable standards and expectations
5. Assess various options for Civil Engineering works in principle
6. Recognise the balance between theoretical knowledge and practical experience

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

  • Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.1)
  • Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.2)
  • Implement and test solutions, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.2, 2.3 (B.5)
  • Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.1, 2.2 (C.3)
  • Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2 (E.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students’ learning in the subject is facilitated through a lecture and tutorial session each week. Students are expected to be punctual and regular in attending face-to-face sessions in this subject to obtain comprehensive tuition on a wide range of topics in CEE. The combination of lectures is representative of “real-world” CEE and will assist in the understanding of advanced subjects embracing academically complex material. The tutorial and computer lab sessions focus on hands-on practice skills relevant to this subject.

Students will learn in this subject through practice-oriented lab classes and assignments, interactive tutorial classes, individual assignments, collaborative group projects, online resources and consultations, both in class and out of class. Students are expected to use the online resources effectively, including lecture notes and videos, linked web information and demos, to engage in an interactive learning environment in classes. Students will receive feedback in most of the tutorial and computer lab sessions through various ways, including quizzes, reviews and survey.

Students are required to digest the content on UTSOnline before and after attending lectures and tutorials, complete assigned tasks for the topics embraced within this subject, and expected to participate in all tutorial and computer lab sessions and complete set assignments by their due dates. Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative learning by conducting group projects with small groups in class.

NOTE: As an indication, a typical 6 CP subject would normally assume a total time commitment (including class time) of approximately 150 hours, for an average students aiming to pass the subject).

Content (topics)

Lecture content includes the following:

  • History of Civil Engineering
  • Orthographic and Isometric Drawing
  • Topographic Drawing and Contour Interpretation
  • Drawings & Development Applications
  • Structural Fundamentals
  • GPS and Transport Engineering
  • Construction Materials
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Water Engineering
  • Water Treatment

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Drawing Assignment

Intent:

The students are required to select a Civil Engineering Artefact that is external to a building (e.g. Bus shelter, Retaining wall, Bridge, Traffic device, Stormwater drainage pipe or pit or 'other' engineering infrastructure) in the community.

This Assignment is a foundation for students employed in the workplace in CEE positions where design and construction processes require the drawing or interpretation of drawings. Orthographic drawing is the basic tool used by civil engineers and environmental engineers to communicate.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2 and E.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Correct application of Orthogonal and isometric drawing 50 1, 4 B.1, E.1
Justification of the outcome 50 1, 2 B.2, E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Theoretical Test

Intent:

Civil and Environmental Engineering Fundmental knowledge for the topics covered in the subject Orthographic drawing is required of the civil and environmental engineer in the workplace, whether in the public or private sector.

The topics in the theoretical test: Civil Engineering History; Introduction to Structural Fundamentals; Introduction to Environmental Engineering; Introduction to Water Engineering; Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS); Road and Transport Engineering; Introduction to Water Treatment.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2, B.5 and E.1

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Correct application of engineering drawing 50 3, 4 B.1, B.5
Justification of the outcome 50 1, 4 B.2, E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Engineering Drawing with CAD

Intent:

Engineering Drawing with CAD

Students are required to work in groups to complete a drawing project of civil engineering artefacts in AutoCAD.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2, B.5, C.3 and E.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 15%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Correctness and Completeness 20 4 B.1
Approach and Design 20 4 B.2
Quality 20 3 B.5
Quality and Originality 20 3 C.3
Effectiveness of Communication 20 5 E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Intent:

The student is required to work individually to complete a map drawing task with ArcGIS.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3, 4 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2, B.5 and C.3

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Correctness and Completeness 25 4 B.1
Approach and Design 25 4 B.2
Quality and Originality 25 3 B.5
Generality and Applicability 25 6 C.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 5: Final Examination

Intent:

Questions relate to aspects of CEE that may be faced by students when they undertake their first Internship.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2, B.5, C.3 and E.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Correctness of answers 50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.2, B.5, E.1
Justification of results testing 50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.2, C.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Recommended texts

Christopher Gorse, David Johnston and Martin Pritchard (2012) Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, ISBN 978-0-19-953446-3

Other resources

All students must access the UTSOnline site at least weekly for information on the following matters:

  1. Specific instructions relating to attendance at and/or requirements for classes;
  2. Amendments to the Subject program;
  3. Supplementary class material;
  4. Selected PowerPoint presentations; and
  5. Assignments/Tasks set by facilitators.