Course Title: Design basic engineering structures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5368 Diploma of Surveying

Course Title: Design basic engineering structures

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 120

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term1 2020

Course Contact: Thierry Demathieu

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8359

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design and create drawings for basic engineering structures. Basic engineering structures refer to small scale designs for structures, such as rural or urban roads, railway, and sewer and stormwater drainage lines. The unit covers interpreting plans and design standards and specifications, organising resources, and using surveying methods and equipment to conduct measurements and calculations and develop a design. The unit also covers preparing design documents and accompanying forms to gain engineering construction approval, and creating engineering drawings using design software functions and features. The unit requires the ability to perform calculations appropriate to the engineering structure, including volume relating to contours, spot heights and cross-sections. It also requires the ability to check and validate measurements against specifications and complete reports and documentation, including a schedule of quantities (SOQ). The unit requires knowledge of key design features of basic engineering structures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5065 Design basic engineering structures


1. Organise resources for design work

2. Develop design of basic engineering structure

3. Create engineering drawings.

4. Finalise drawings of structure

Learning Outcomes

See elements above

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competency  


Task 1

Assessment 1

Task 2

Assessment 2