Course Title: Apply knowledge of civil construction processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5661

Course Title: Apply knowledge of civil construction processes

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

A.S. (Ahmet) Ertuncay. Program Coordinator.
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel : (03) 9925 8375
Fax : (03) 9925 4377

W.R. (Bill) Harding, Teacher
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel. 9925 4443
Fax. 9925 4377

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the competency to apply knowledge and understanding of civil construction processes to design and detail drafting activities and to communicate effectively with construction site and other civil engineering personnel. The emphasis is on road construction and steel, concrete and quarry products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC020B Apply knowledge of civil construction processes


1. Identify the construction procedure to be adopted and equipment required to perform a wide range of earthwork activities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The nature and extent of the particular earthwork
operation is assessed.
1.2 Cost and time restraints are evaluated.
1.3 The most appropriate plant and equipment is selected.


2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various types and functions of pipes and the pipe laying techniques employed.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The distinguishing features and uses of the variety of
pipes and systems commonly used in civil practice can
be explained.


3. Demonstrate knowledge of civil engineering terms and features.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The distinguishing features of common civil engineering terms and features can be described.
3.2 The distinguishing features and applications of a variety of civil structures can be described.


4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of structural steel construction

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The distinguishing elements of steel construction can be identified.
4.2 The people engaged and the processes used for each stage can be described.
4.3 The application of steel in civil projects can be identified.


5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of urban and rural road construction.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Road pavement types can be sketched, labelled and described
5.2 Materials required in the building of roads can be described.
5.3 Plant and labour required in the construction of roads can be described.
5.4 Principles for determining the design life of roads can be described.


6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concrete construction

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The essential constituents of concrete can be listed.
6.2 The manufacture, transport and placing and finishing techniques used in a variety of construction applications can be described.


7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of quarry plant and products and their use.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Quarry plant items can be identified.
7.2 Quarrying tasks can be matched with plant items.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed:
• Teacher–led face to face lectures for each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge, including workplace scenarios and the use of overheads, videos and notes from local web page and covering:
• General construction engineering
• Excavation and Earthworks techniques.
• Pipes and pipe laying techniques
• Steel Construction techniques
• Road Construction techniques
• Concrete Construction techniques
• the use of quarry products.

Student-based problem-solving:
• Participate in individual and team problem solving activities completed to industry standard related to construction processes on a typical engineering workplace construction site and covering:
• General construction engineering
• Excavation and Earthworks techniques.
• Pipes and pipe laying techniques
• Steel Construction techniques
• Road Construction techniques
• Concrete Construction techniques
• the use of quarry products.

• Participate in individual or small group research tasks cover each element of competency Participate in individual or small group research using Self Help Questions/Answers for each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge, accessed via local web site for this unit.

Student-based research:
• Participate in a short written research project related to road construction and bulk earthworks calculations from the underpinning knowledge for each element.

Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub (Blackboard) for details of weekly schedule.
Refer also to the Learning Guide/Package.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Civil Construction Techniques Notes, Book 1 and 2 available from the on line blackboard for this unit.
Self Help Questions and Answers available from the on-line blackboard for this unit.
PU 248 – Earthworks, Drains and Culverts, available from the on-line blackboard.
PU 249 – Roads, Streets and Footpaths, available from the on-line blackboard.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of:
• Two 1 ½ hour on-line tests
• submission of a short written research report..

The format of the tests will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based assessment of ability to accurately complete calculations to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those stated in the curriculum document under the sub-heading

Assessment Matrix

 Element Covered Assessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
 1,2,3,4 (Test 1) – Project 1 35% Week 5
 5 & 7Project 2 – Short Written Report & Earthworks Calculations 30% Week 8
 6, 7, 8, & 9 (Test 2) – Project 3 35% Week 10

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge
Earthworks Excavations (bulk v/s detail, rock v/s OTR, wet v/s dry conditions)
Equipment selection (suitability/mode of operation, production rate, cost of operating, safety)
Types of excavation (clearing/stripping, trenches, pads, footings, bulk road cuttings, piers, piling, setting out)
Pipeworks Types (vitrified clay, concrete, steel, cast iron, uPVC, advantages v/s disadvantages)
Uses (sewerage, stormwater, domestic water, supply, conduits)
Bed, joint and laying techniques
Testing procedures
Pits and ancillary structures
Set-out and alignment (laser, boning rod/profiling)
General Civil Aspects Culverts and bridges (types/uses)
Dams – types
Tunnelling (methods and tunnel lining)
Breakwaters, quays, docks, locks, weirs
Construction safety w.r.t. all of the above
Civil engineering terms and features
Steel People involved in the structural steel industry
Design, ordering raw steel, shop drawings
Fabrication, treatment, delivery and erection
Bolting v/s welding
Uses in buildings, bridgework, mining and industrial projects etc
Roads Road elements and components (flexible pavements, rigid pavements, cross
section and drainage of urban and rural roads, road furniture)
Road construction (plan stages, plan stockpiles, plant for earth moving, trench
excavation, compaction and pavement)
Concrete Materials and readymix concrete suppliers
Roller compacted concrete
Transporting, placing, finishing, curing
Plain, reinforced and prestressed concrete
Uses in bridges, buildings, roads and dams
Quarry products Quarrying plant (pugmills, crushers, conveyors, screening, stockpiling and
washing, fixed v/s mobile plant)
Quarry layout
Quarry products (sand, gravel, clay, shale, crushed rock, dimension rock)

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