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CIV3907 Civil Systems Practice

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: Civil Systems 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 : 030903 - Structural Engineering
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 21 May 2019


Examiner: Sourish Banerjee


Pre-requisite: CIV2503 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS


These days most engineering tasks require a 'system approach'. Knowledge, design skills, theory, equipment etc will have to be combined in a systematic way to complete a complex task. This course is a practical introduction to this approach. Elementary building blocks and theory covered in previous courses will be combined to design and develop more complex systems. Team work often goes hand in hand with a system approach; hence working in teams will be an essential part of this course. Systems that will be covered include structural systems such as concrete and steel, destructive and non-destructive testing, water and sewerage systems. Teams of students will cast and test a reinforced concrete beam and test the buckling strength of a steel column, and describe their behaviour. It will also include using various non-destructive equipment for structural testing and a visit to a water and sewerage treatment plant.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. cast concrete beams and cylinders;
  2. test a reinforced concrete beam in flexure and describe its behaviour under load;
  3. determine the buckling load of a steel column and use the Southwell plot to predict its buckling load;
  4. operate various non-destructive structural testing equipment;
  5. inspect and report on the operation of water and sewerage treatment facilities;
  6. appreciate workplace health and safety requirements.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Concrete beam casting & testing 40.00
2. Non-destructive testing of concrete structures 25.00
3. Buckling of steel columns 10.00
4. Water and sewerage treatment 25.00

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Report Writing 10.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Report 1 99 14 Feb 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 14 Feb 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 2)

  1. Only reports that are typed or handwritten in ink will be marked. The course examiner will advise the due date of the report.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. 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) with AS/NZS 2210 standards when participating in laboratory and field works.