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CIV2605 Construction Engineering

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Gary Elks


The construction sector is a major part of the civil engineering, mining engineering and building industries. 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 hydroelectric power scheme, a freeway system or a mine). However, all projects share the common factors of utilising workers, machines and materials, and of requiring organisation and control. The graduate civil or mining 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 construction materials, with particular focus on concrete technology.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. discuss and employ the basic characteristics and use of equipment commonly used in civil engineering, surface mining and building construction;
  2. discuss cultural heritage requirements of construction projects and commonly used construction techniques of the engineering construction industry;
  3. analyse and apply commonly used planning and control techniques used in civil engineering, mining engineering and building construction;
  4. evaluate the properties of fresh and hardened concrete, and analyse the interaction between, the principal component materials used in the production of concrete;
  5. analyse the types of concrete mixes used in construction, plan quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete;
  6. prepare well-ordered technical reports.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Construction Processes, Plant and Techniques: Earthmoving and excavation, Rock excavation and treatment, Construction techniques and Construction site visit and report. 45.00
2. Construction Management: Introduction to construction management theories and processes, project economics and contracts. 30.00
3. Construction material, concrete: Components, Concrete mixes and Properties of fresh and hardened concrete. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Bernold, L. E 2013, Construction Equipment and Methods, Planning Innovation, Saftey Wiley, USQ.
A hand held battery operated calculator which does not have keys for the alphabet.
Steel capped safety boots will be required for construction site visits.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2,3
Assignments Written Essay No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Report No 20 1,2,3,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,3,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022