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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the history and scope of the broad discipline of construction engineering and to the major engineering construction materials, machinery and processes. Students will develop an appreciation of the elements of engineering construction including, safety, environment, managing people, logistics, planning, risk and economics.

Unit content

Subdisciplines of construction engineering and project roles

Common construction materials and their advantages and disadvantages

Construction techniques

Use of technology in construction

Estimating quantities, alternatives, and tender documentation

Contextual objectives and constraints in construction including safety, cost, time, environment, community needs, sustainability, business needs, other stakeholder needs

Construction planning and tendering overview, roles and responsibilities, and managing risk

Bulk earthworks planning including cut and fill calculations, haul road timing and planning, machine selection, optimised production, capital plant operation, costing/estimating, tendering

Managing people and working in a team

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate familiarity with the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary construction engineering practice, including the various sub branches of engineering construction Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate knowledge of construction materials, construction techniques and construction machinery and be able to fluently apply this knowledge to solve engineering construction problems Knowledge of a discipline
3 analyse contextual factors impacting specific construction projects and apply suitable ethical judgement to balance competing priorities such as safety, cost, time, environment, community needs, sustainability, business needs and other stakeholder needs such as traditional land title Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate an ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to complex construction engineering problems Knowledge of a discipline
5 work effectively in a team environment to produce construction reports and other relevant documentation Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
6 clearly communicate construction project documentation in written formats. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary construction engineering practice, including the various sub branches of engineering construction
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate knowledge of construction materials, construction techniques and construction machinery and be able to fluently apply this knowledge to solve engineering construction problems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse contextual factors impacting specific construction projects and apply suitable ethical judgement to balance competing priorities such as safety, cost, time, environment, community needs, sustainability, business needs and other stakeholder needs such as traditional land title
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate an ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to complex construction engineering problems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. work effectively in a team environment to produce construction reports and other relevant documentation
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. clearly communicate construction project documentation in written formats.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Order Code: INF1064: InFocus Courseware, Microsoft Project 2010 Level 1, Watsonia Publishing, Bulleen, Victoria. ISBN: 978-1-921342-07-3 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.