Civil Engineering Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Participation - Communication (10%) , Portfolio (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The unit is themed around sustainable building design and construction, as well as an introduction to the specialisations within civil engineering. It includes: Introduction to the civil engineering profession and associated specialisations; Sustainable construction materials and practices and green building design; Building design and construction overview including limit states, loads and load paths; Green building design; Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the use of structural analysis software.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the specialisations within civil engineering
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of sustainable construction materials with a focus on their use in building construction
  3. understand and apply the concepts of limit states design, load determination and load paths in building structures
  4. demonstrate knowledge of green building design concepts and their application to a range of structures
  5. understand the capabilities of Building Information Modelling and its role in facilitating collaboration between architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals
  6. utilise structural analysis software to model and analyse a simple structure
  7. continue to develop teamwork, reflection and presentation skills required for professional practice as a civil engineer.
  • Participation — Communication (10%)
  • Portfolio (40%)
  • Project — Group project (50%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the civil engineering profession
2Sustainable construction materials and applications
3Key concepts in behaviour and design of structures
4Green building design
5Building information modelling and graphical representation of building structures

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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