Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING

Unit Code

BCS108S

 

Unit Duration

Term

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

One

Unit Creator/Reviewer

 

Core/Elective

 

Pre/Co-requisites

 

Credit Points

3

 

Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or On-campus

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours

Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

The objective in presenting this unit is to impart to students advanced specialised knowledge of construction techniques and management, as well as concrete technology.

 

Construction engineering is a major sector of the civil engineering profession and building industry. Construction projects range from small works (such as a swimming pool or a subdivision) to very large projects (such as the construction of a hydroelectric power station or a freeway system). All these projects utilise manpower, materials, and equipment, and require effective and efficient organisation, control, and management for their successful completion, no matter the size. At the conclusion of this unit, students will have been imparted with the requisite knowledge to assist them in achieving this.

 

The subject matter covered in this unit will include: the characteristics and use of equipment commonly used in civil and construction engineering; construction techniques of the civil construction engineering industry; planning and control/management techniques used in civil engineering and building construction; component materials used in the production of concrete, concrete properties, concrete mix designs, and quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete; and, technical site visits and professional reports.

 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Examine the basic characteristics and assess the use of equipment commonly used in civil and construction engineering.

  2. Explain and apply construction techniques of the civil construction engineering industry.

  3. Analyse and apply commonly used planning and control/management techniques used in civil engineering and building construction.

  4. Evaluate the component materials used in the production of concrete and compare and contrast concrete properties.

  5. Formulate concrete mix designs and plan quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete.

  6. Prepare well-ordered technical site visit plans and communicate professional reports to all role players.

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

3, 4, 5

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

2, 3, 4, 5

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

3, 4, 5

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

6

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

3, 4, 5

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

3, 6

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

1, 2, 3, 6

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

1, 2, 3, 6

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

E2

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologist

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1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Learning Outcomes

LO1

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO2

 

 

 

 

 

LO3

 

LO4

 

 

 

 

LO5

 

 

 

 

LO6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student assessment

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting

 

(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Earthmoving, Water and compressed air and Construction techniques.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.

 

Week 4

 

15%

 

1 to 2

 

Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: management theories and processes.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.

 

Week 6

 

20%

 

1 to 3

 

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

/ Report

Example Topic: SpaceGas or Strand7 - Practical tests are commonly used to determine properties which are required in product specifications, as follows.

  • Concrete mix design;

  • Slump test; Optional tests:

  • Split test;

  • Flexure test;

  • Compressive test.

  • Crushing / Strength test for concrete

Students must then collate the information derived from the experimental work into a report.

OR

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or using software to complete a practical.

 

Week 9

 

20%

 

4, 5, 6

 

Assessment 4

Type: Examination or Report or Project Word length: 2000

Example Topic:

Mock Site Visit

 

Final Week

 

40%

 

1, 2, 3 and

6

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting

 

(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

This report will demonstrate students’ ability to work autonomously and as a part of a team, exercise personal judgement, and demonstrate knowledge acquired through the unit subject matter, by transference of these to real-world applications.

 

OR

 

Exam on all topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

 

 

 

 

Class Participation

 

Continuous

 

5%

 

1 to 6

 

Prescribed and recommended readings

 

Required textbook(s)

Nunnally, SW 2004, Construction Methods and Management, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey. (Bib Id 0131688073 Shelf.)

Neville, AM 2006, Properties of concrete, 4th Edition, Longman Scientific & Technical, Essex.

Standards Australia, Cement and Concrete Association of Australian 2002, Guide To Concrete Construction, 2nd Edition, Sydney. (SAA HB64.)

 

Reference Materials

Peurifoy, RL, Schexnayder, CJ & Shapira, A 2011, Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, 8th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York.

Sen, GC 1995, Blasting Technology for Mining and Civil Engineers, University of NSW Press, Sydney.

 

Unit Content:

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

 

Topic 1

Construction Plant and Techniques

Earthmoving

Water and compressed air

 

Topic 2

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)

Rock excavation and treatment

 

Topic 3

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)

Construction techniques

 

Topic 4

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)

“Mock-up” Construction site visit Site visit and inspection reporting

 

Topic 5

Construction Management

Introduction to management theories and processes

 

Topic 6

Construction Management (continued)

Projects from initiation to design

 

Topic 7

Construction Management (continued)

Projects from estimate to completion

 

Topic 8

Concrete Technology

Concrete production, placement, curing, and finishing

 

Topic 9

Concrete Technology (continued)

Concrete mix design

 

Topic 10

Concrete Technology (continued)

Concrete mix design (continued)

 

Topic 11

Concrete Technology (continued)

Properties of fresh and hardened concrete

Topic 12

Unit Review

In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of students’ work and to clarify any outstanding issues.

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