Course Title: Urban Systems 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Systems 1

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 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Jorge Paz-Ferreiro

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0878

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 97.02.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Office Hours or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no formal pre-requisite courses for OENG1035; however, general chemical and biological principles will be applied throughout Urban Systems 1 and it is suggested that you have a general understanding of these topics. An understanding of writing technical reports and adequate referencing is also required.

Course Description

This course provides you with an opportunity to develop knowledge and techniques for managing and improving the sustainability of our urban environments. It has a natural resource focus with an emphasis on urban water, urban soil, solid waste management and urban communities. You will learn how knowledge of physical, biological and social systems can be utilised to improve the sustainability of the urban environment. Impacts of the urban environment on rural communities are also discussed. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)(Honours) and BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)(Honours):

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

3.1. Professional use and management of information

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from various disciplines in an urban context
  2. Evaluate the environmental status of a project
  3. Selecta and apply appropriate techniques of investigation and analysis to managing and solving problems
  4. Recognise and discuss the role of environmental policies and codes of professional practice 
  5. Balance the engineering, environmental and social requirements of a project or problem
  6. Communicate effectively on urban environmental issues

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course may include lectures, tutorials, independent reading and study, class discussions and workshops, presentations, projects and/or other activities.

Total study hours: You will undertake a maximum of four hours per week in lectures and tutorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant reading material including RMIT library resources and professional internet sites. You will be able to access course information and online learning materials (such as lecture information and assignment sheets) through MyRMIT. You will be expected to source other reading and learning material for course projects through the RMIT library.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite tasks and their subsequent write-up.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

  1. Group project report  Weighting 35 %

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

  1. Group project report  Weighting 15 %

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 5 and 6.

  1. Final Exam Weighting 50 %

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 and 5.

Your assessment will include both group and individual work and there is an emphasis on your technical and communication (writing, oral) skills.

Due dates for assessment will be provided in class and on Blackboard (MyRMIT).