Course Title: Introduction to Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Ricky Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introductory course to the profession of civil engineering. The first half of the course introduces statics: vectors, forces, moments, equilibrium of plane bodies, analysis of planar pin-jointed trusses, axial stress and deformations. Learning activities allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the practical design of a model bridge structure for optimum strength which will be verified using experimentation, in which the materials will be tested to failure in laboratory class.

The course also introduces flexural elements subjected to transverse loads (i.e. beams). You will learn to evaluate internal shears, moments and corresponding stresses through problem solving sessions. This course provides foundation knowledge, skills and their application which are relevant to subsequent courses in Civil Engineering.

The second half of the course introduces the basic principles and construction practices for a range of constructions such as buildings, bridges, foundations and earth retaining structures. You will learn the basis of design criteria and construction technologies such as choice of structural systems, different types of foundations in relation to loads and ground conditions, construction materials and construction machineries.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discriminate vectors from scalars and perform mathematical operations on vectors;
  2. Develop equivalent system of forces to a rigid body using equilibrium;
  3. Analyse truss systems using method of Joints and Method of Section, and to determine internal forces;
  4. Calculate internal forces, stresses, deformations and strains in a flexural member;
  5. Identify characteristics of construction materials, structural systems for buildings and bridges, load paths and types of loads;
  6. Identify and critically appraises contemporary construction technologies.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
BH088CIH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
BH126 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity.
PLO 7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH073P22 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours)
BH088CIHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of Learning activities such as viewing pre-recorded lecture videos, attending face-to-face lectorials, and attend an online laboratory class. Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both. Concepts underlying each topic are made clear through problem solving in lectorial classes. The construction project foster group discussion and communication skills relevant to professional engineering practices. Assessments are completed individually (assignments, tests and lab reports) and in teams (construction project).

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course. Resources include a recommended text-book, pre-recorded lecture videos, lecture slides, worked examples and a laboratory manual.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory Reports (Individual)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2: Construction Technology and Material (Individual)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment 3: Construction Project (Team) 
Weighting 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs 5-6

Assessment 4: Statics (Individual)
Weighting 30% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.