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CIV2605 Construction Engineering

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Trevor Drysdale
Moderator: Ron Ayers

Synopsis

The construction sector is a major part of the total civil engineering and building industry. Construction projects range in size from the small (such as the construction of a swimming pool or a subdivision cul de sac) to the very large (such as the construction of a hydro electric power scheme or a freeway system). However, all projects share the common factors of utilising workers, machines and materials, and of requiring organisation and control. The graduate civil engineer must, therefore, be familiar with the range of construction equipment and techniques in common use, and must be able to plan and direct construction works. The course covers the areas of construction techniques, construction management and concrete technology.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. examine the basic characteristics and use of equipment commonly used in civil engineering and building construction;
  2. examine commonly used construction techniques of the civil engineering construction industry;
  3. analyse and apply commonly used planning and control techniques used in civil engineering and building construction;
  4. evaluate the properties of, and analyse the interaction between, the principal component materials used in the production of concrete;
  5. formulate concrete mix designs and plan quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete;
  6. distinguish the different characteristics for both fresh and hardened concrete;
  7. prepare well-ordered technical site reports.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Construction Plant and Techniques


Earthmoving

Water and compressed air

Rock excavation and treatment

Construction techniques

Construction site visit and report
40.00
2. Construction Management


Introduction to management theories and processes

Projects from initiation to design

Projects from estimate to completion
30.00
3. Concrete Technology


Components

Concrete mix design

Properties of fresh and hardened concrete
30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=01&subject1=CIV2605)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Standards Australia, Cement and Concrete Association of Australian 2002, Guide to concrete construction, 2nd edn, Sydney.
    (SAA HB64.)
  • A hand held battery operated calculator which does not have keys for the alphabet.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Neville, AM 2006, Properties of concrete, 4th edn, Longman Scientific & Technical, Essex.
  • Nunnally, SW, Construction methods and management, 6th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
    (Bib Id 0131688073 Shelf.)
  • Peurifoy, RL, Schexnayder, CJ & Shapira, A 2006, Construction planning, equipment and methods, 7th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.
  • Sen, GC 1995, Blasting technology for mining and civil engineers, University of NSW Press, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 16.00
Directed Study 74.00
Examinations 2.00
Field Trips or Excursions 8.00
Lectures 39.00
Online Discussion Groups 16.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA 1 (DISCUSSION GROUP 1) 100 10 01 Apr 2012 (see note 1)
SITE VISIT REPORT 100 10 04 May 2012
CMA 2 (DISCUSSION GROUP 2) 100 10 20 May 2012
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAM 700 70 End S1 (see note 2)

NOTES
  1. Further details about the due dates will be advised by the Examiner at the beginning of semester. CMA and CMA 2 will be open for 5 days each, closing on the due date at midnight. Due to the nature of CMA assessment no extension will be offered.
  2. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Participation in weekly online discussions is recommended as these topics lead to CMA assessments. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require regular access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.