Civil Engineering Systems

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Civil Engineering Systems

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This is a foundation civil engineering unit that will introduce you to civil engineering systems and thinking through local urban site investigations and large industry project contexts. You will integrate systems thinking and information science with skills in investigation, analysis and synthesis, and written and visual literacy including use of CAD that underpins civil engineering practice. You will develop both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time in real world contexts taking into account social, economic, environmental and political issues with guidance from industry project leaders. This unit provides the foundation for most of your second year units in a major civil engineering study area. It also exposes you to areas of future work and study choice.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit, you will demonstrate:
    1. systems thinking and spatial information knowledge and skills to prepare a civil engineering system investigation of a local area
    2. ability to contextualise social and cultural factors and discern sustainable engineering practices by preparing a position paper that appraises the impacts of a major civil engineering project
    3. visual literacy by using CAD software to render a functional design of a civil engineering asset
    4. academic and written literacies and critical appraisal, through a coherent technical report and a well-argued position paper to support action on civil engineering decisions
    5. collaborative strategies including: teamwork to prepare a civil engineering system investigation, contribution to collaborative discussion (online) and peer review to prepare an individual position paper, and work with a peer to prepare a civil engineering functional design
    • Introduction to civil engineering systems in urban settings (2 weeks)
    • Introduction to systems thinking in civil engineering contexts (2 weeks)
    • Application of spatial information systems to civil engineering systems (2 weeks)
    • Introduction to the social, economic, environmental and political contexts of civil engineering project work (2 weeks)
    • Application of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to preparation of functional design of a simple civil engineering asset (4 weeks)
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Lectures with interactive sessions: 2 hours per week over 8 weeks
    Workshops in collaborative learning space: 2 hours per week over 8 weeks
    Computer laboratory exercises: 4 hours per week over 4 weeks

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