University of Technology Sydney

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 Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems. (D.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students’ learning in the subject is facilitated through a lecture/workshop and a tutorial/lab session each week. The workshops are representative of “real-world” CEE applications and will assist students in the understanding of later stage subjects in the civil engineering curriculum. The tutorial and computer lab sessions focus on active learning opportunities for students to engage in 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. Students are expected to use the online resources effectively, including workshop notes and videos, linked web information and demonstrations, to engage in an interactive learning environment in classes. Real-time feedback will be given to students in the tutorial and computer lab sessions via participation in reviews and discussion.

Students are requested to read relevant content on Canvas before and after attending workshops and tutorials, to complete assigned tasks for the topics embraced within this subject. To get the most out of tutorial and computer lab sessions, it is expected that students attend these sessions and complete assignments by their due dates. Students are further encouraged to participate in collaborative learning by conducting group project work 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 student 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
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Water Engineering
  • Water Treatment

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Hand Drawing and Development Applications Project

Intent:

To interpret and employ drawings for design and construction processes. This assessment task serves as a foundation for students employed in the workplace in civil and environmental engineering positions where design and construction processes require drawing or interpretation of drawings.

Objective(s):

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

1, 2, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and D.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Length:

Drawing quiz: 6 questions

Drawing project: at least 3 different views of the structure

Drawing and Development Application assignment: 6 questions

Assessment task 2: AutoCAD Group Project

Intent:

To complete a drawing project of civil engineering artefacts with 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, C.1 and D.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

AutoCAD quiz: drawings of at least 3 different views

AutoCAD group project: each group is given 6 drawings

Assessment task 3: Reflective Quiz and Report

Intent:

To reflect on the thematic areas of civil and environmental engineering covered in the subject.

Objective(s):

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

1, 2, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Length:

Civil and Environmental Theoretical Online Quiz: 90 minutes and multiple attempts are allowed
Reflective Report: no longer than 5 pages

Minimum requirements

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

Required texts

No compulsory text book is required. However, students should study all the materials provided in the subject website and regularly attend the scheduled lectures and tutorials, and submit all the assessment tasks before the due dates.

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 Canvas 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.