University of Technology Sydney

48310 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering

6cp; 2hpw x 12wks (lecture/workshops), 2hpw x 12wks (tutorial/labs). Forms of attendance and mode of delivery in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community.



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).

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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