Course Title: Civil Engineering Design 2 (Part 1)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Civil Engineering Design 2 (Part 1)

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr. Saman de Silva

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3235

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10-13-5e

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1111 - 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), surveying, geotechnical engineering and water resources courses.

Course Description

Welcome to your major civil engineering design course. This course is the first part of a two semester design project. The further work will continue to Semester 2  - CIVE1196 - Civil Engineering Design 2 (Part 2). 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 team assigned to complete a green suburb master-plan development and engineering. 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 would draw your knowledge and skills from areas such as:
 land surveying
 earthwork calculations
 geotechnical engineering
 water resources management
 transport and roads
 structural design of 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, research and investigation, planning, design and report writing. This course is an important element of each engineering graduate’s preparation prior to commencing a career as a graduate engineer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The primary aims of this Project are to:
• demonstrate intellectual resourcefulness in an engineering 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 employability 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 29 hectare land development 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 a formal presentations/vivas

In the second part of this course - CIVE1196 - Civil Engineering Design 2 (Part 2) in Semester 2, you would complete a structural design of an infrastructure facility from the township.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a group project. You are attached to a consortium (10-12 members). Your consortium is competing with the other consortia to win the township development. Your consortium must harness various skills of its team members to prepare an outstanding proposal. The group will develop project ideas, conduct brain-storming sessions and obviously delegate the accountability of the main deliverables. Although the final outcome is a well co-ordinated effort, the accountability of each major deliverable must be delegated. There are three project deliverables in the assessment. They are the master-plan proposal (by the consortium), civil works design (by the sub-team) and infrastructure design (by the individual in Semester 2).

Overview of Learning Resources

  • Prior learning resources and project experiences obtained through courses listed under pre-requisite
  • Australian design codes, widely accepted design handbooks and Industry guidelines
  • Lecture notes and discussion forums
  • civil engineering design and analysis software tools (AutoCAD, Space Gass)
  • Design capacity tables and engineered products manuals

Overview of Assessment

There area two assessment componants in CIVE1195 - Civil Engineering Design 2 (part 1) in Semester 1

  1. Master plan proposal - By the consortium:  Report Volume #1, presentation and CD. This work  is worth 30%
  2. Civil Works Design - By the sub-team: Report Volume #2, presentation and CD.  This work is worth 70%