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CIV3906 Civil Materials Practice

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Civil Materials Practice
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030909 - Transport Engineering
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Soma Somasundaraswaran


Pre-requisite: MEC1201 and ENG1901 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: ADCN or BCON or BCNH

Other requisites

It is useful if the students have already undertaken CIV2605 and CIV2403 and CIV2901.


Civil engineering personnel work with a range of materials. Some of these materials occur naturally, such as timber, soil and water, and may be used in their natural state. Others occur naturally but must be physically altered by man to produce useful commodities, and examples of these are rubber, aggregate and bitumen. Still others, such as cement and fibre composite material, are produced by chemical and industrial processes and are such that their parent constituents are unrecognisable. It is necessary for the civil engineer to have a detailed understanding of the range of materials available, how materials may be characterised in a way that provides quantifiable material properties that are used in engineering design and construction, how materials are tested to establish their characteristics, and the limitations of these tests. It is also necessary for the civil engineer to be able to present test data in a way that is understood by other professionals, and to be able to interpret test data.


This course will involve the student in an investigation of the range of materials commonly used in civil engineering. The characterisation of materials and the need for material parameters for design will be considered. The student will test a range of materials in the laboratory to establish material properties. Presentation and interpretation of test results will also form an important part of the course.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


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

  1. distinguish which characteristics of materials commonly used in engineering are important in civil engineering design and construction;
  2. describe how key characteristics of civil engineering materials are quantified;
  3. plan the test regime used to ascertain design parameters for civil engineering materials;
  4. organise a testing procedure and sequence to obtain parameters for civil engineering design purposes;
  5. analyse test data and present the data and its analysis for use by other engineering personnel;
  6. critically assess data and its analysis presented by other engineering personnel.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Materials and their Characteristics 8.00
2. Safety 8.00
3. Concrete Testing 18.00
4. Timber Testing 8.00
5. Soil Testing 14.00
6. Aggregate Testing 14.00
7. Asphalt and Bitumen Testing 18.00
8. Traffic Studies 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
CIV2403 Geology & Geomechanics: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
CIV2605 Construction engineering: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 28.00
Private Study 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Res School/Lab Attend & Partic 1 1 30 May 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)
Worksheets and summary 1 99 30 May 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6

  1. On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Students must wear Type 1 safety boots (steel capped) complying with AS/NZS 2210 standards when participating in laboratory and field works.