Course Title: Urban Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Systems

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,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Edmund Horan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3926

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Capabilities in this course are introduced in Engineering Practice 1 and 2, and Urban Systems1 (OENG1035), and further developed in other project courses.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for you to work on projects which apply environmental principles. The scope and outcomes of the project are negotiated between students, partners and the course management team. In this course emphasis is on leadership of a project and technical aspects related to the field of study. The objective is to motivate you to develop and demonstrate an ability to be a leader in the complex area of Environmental Engineering. In addition, this course gives you the opportunity to apply the engineering concepts that you have acquired from the first and second year courses to develop a solution to an environmental problem.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of 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.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Negotiate scope and objectives of a project involving multiple stakeholders.
2. Prepare a project brief including review by stakeholders.
3. Negotiate personal responsibilities within the project and complete related tasks.
4. Report on project progress to stakeholders and course coordinator
5. Reflect on the process of the project and the significance of the project outcomes.
6. Apply engineering concepts to develop a solution to an environmental problem.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, workshops, tutorials, project and self-directed learning. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be made available through myRMIT

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will include projects, reports, peer assessment and presentation/s. 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).

Part 1 Mid semester report 15% mid semester (CLO’s 1-2)
Part 2 Full reports on sustainable development and urban systems (50% + poster 15%) 65% Week 12 (CLO’s 3-6)

Class Test in Week 12 - 20% (CLO’s 5-6)
Late submission penalty 5% per day
Peer assessment: Peer assessment of individual student’s contribution to the group project work will be used when allocating marks for individual students.

Peer assessment forms a critical component of the assessment for the project work. The distribution of marks for individual students within groups will be distributed in proportion to the students rated contribution to the group as allocated from peer assessment. Should problems regarding participation occur within groups these should be identified and resolved early with consultation with the module coordinator if necessary as soon as possible to avoid difficulties arising towards the submission time.