Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to the civil engineering profession
    • Sustainable construction materials and applications
    • Key concepts in behaviour and design of structures
    • Green building design
    • Building information modelling and graphical representation of building structures
  • Study resources

    • 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

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

Entry Requirements

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

USA-ENR202-Mechanics of Materials

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • OtherDetails -

    Students will require administrator access to a Windows Operating System so as to install and run specialist software

The subject 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.

  • Communication (10%)
  • (40%)
  • Group project (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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