Course Title: Engineering Practice 6 - Sustainable Infrastructure Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 6 - Sustainable Infrastructure Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr. Saman de Silva

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3235

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.5d

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Year 1 and 2 of  Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) or equivalent.

Course Description

This course is designed to broaden your design knowledge acquired in the second year and also to introduce you to “think green” at an early stage of your career. Lectures will introduce structural timber design and a project will introduce the concepts of civil infrastructure design with a sustainability focus. In the project you will learn to deal with different stages of the life cycle, namely, planning, implementation (engineering and construction), and operation (in-service) phases.

WAM statement:
Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of

engineering projects.

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. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. To design a building using timber as a structural material, including theory and code of practice.

2. To apply principles and practice of sustainability concepts in a given civil engineering infrastructure development project and to recognize civil engineering design as a multi-disciplinary practice

3. Design foundation for residential building according to design code.

4. To validate your creative ideas and design decisions benchmarked against planning requirements, sustainability measures and structural adequacy and “whole of life” performance.

5. To research and adopt the best practices in the building industry in achieving sustainable building stock

Overview of Learning Activities


A modular blended learning model comprising lecture/tutorials/workshop sessions and comprehensive design activity will be employed in the course.

You are expected to be informed by your own research, visiting display homes by reputed builders and discuss the project with family and friends.

Design workshops are meant to share information and active participation of all students in so that peer-learning enhances the design skill development.

Overview of Learning Resources


Lecture and tutorial notes and Procedures Manual and other design guidance will be provided on myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment


Note that:

☐This course has no hurdle requirements.

☒ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime

that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the

College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

You must score minimum 50% of marks allocated for SHD module and TDT module to obtain a pass for this course

Assessment: Green Building Fundamentals

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 5

SHD module assessment: Project Final Report (hurdle – You need to pass this module to complete the course)

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 5.

TDT module Assessment: Exam (hurdle – You need to pass this module to complete the course )

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 3.