Course Title: Engineering Practice 8 - Infrastructure Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 8 - Infrastructure Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

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

CIVE1155 - Civil Engineering Design 1

You are also assumed to have completed all second and third year courses related to design (steel structures and concrete structures) and transport, surveying, geotechnical engineering and water resources courses at third year level.

Course Description

Welcome to your major civil engineering design project also known as the "Final Year Project". This course adopts a project based approach to learning. In other words you learn by being engaged in completing a major project.

Here you will become a member of a design consortium assigned to complete the development of a green suburb master-plan and engineering related works listed below. This course brings together a number of learning outcomes from your previously completed courses. As you can imagine the planning and engineering design tasks involved in the project would draw your knowledge and skills from areas such as:

 earthworks
 geotechnical engineering
 Storm water drainage & water sensitive urban design
 road infrastructure design
 water supply and waste water management infrastructure

Your project is a government sponsored medium density township, to be used as a model township, brings state-of-the art approach to self sustaining sustainable townships. This course provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your capabilities in a number of graduate attributes such as team work and leadership, research and investigation, planning & time management, analysing and documenting a major civil engineering project. This course is an important element of each engineering graduate’s preparation prior to commencing a career as a graduate engineer.

Limited number of special projects may be available for highly motivated individuals. Selections to this category depend on their previous academic results and work experiences. These special projects may include work integrated learning, projects involving students from different disciplines (ex. Architecture, business & construction) and prospective real design projects.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The primary aims of this Project are to:
• demonstrate intellectual resourcefulness in an engineering environment including ability to document and maintain your contribution to the project outcomes through a personal portfolio within a team environment
• demonstrate investigative, planning and design skills within a team
• demonstrate skills in interpreting and analysing design information
• demonstrate skills in communicating knowledge
• demonstrate presentation skills
• demonstrate time management and self organization skills
• enhance confidence in the application of pre-learning and improve employment prospects.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• discuss trends in self-sustaining modern townships
• design a layout plan for a large land development project in a team environment
• develop the detailed design of one of the key civil works areas namely drainage, earthwork, roads water supply/waste water treatment
• research and collate necessary data, information and guidelines
• prepare a proposal/report of a professional standard
• present and defend your work in formal presentations/vivas

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures and workshops

Project meetings and progress reporting

Industry consultation and seeking expert opinion

Informative research in to "best-practices" through case studies

Overview of Learning Resources

Prior learning resources and project experiences obtained through courses listed under pre-requisites
Australian design codes, widely accepted design handbooks and Industry guidelines
Lecture notes and discussion forums
Civil engineering design and analysis software tools (AutoCAD, CivilCAD 3D)
Design capacity tables and engineered products manuals

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is fully based on project work. Only individual’s direct contribution to the project outcomes within a team environment will be assessed. There are four assessment components.

1. Master plan proposal - Proposal, Presentation, Civil Works Brief

2. Civil Works Design Report - Design Report, Presentation

3. Team skills, effectiveness and leadership


Structural design of infrastructure - (only in special projects)