Last Updated S012021

BCS108S

Unit Name Construction Engineering
Unit Code BCS108S
Unit Duration 1 Semester
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Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Duration 3 years    

Year Level One
Unit Creator / Reviewer N/A
Core/Elective:  
Pre/Co-requisites  
Credit Points

3

Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

The objective in presenting this unit is to impart to students advanced specialised knowledge of construction techniques and management, as well as concrete technology.

Construction engineering is a major sector of the civil engineering profession and building industry. Construction projects range from small works (such as a swimming pool or a subdivision) to very large projects (such as the construction of a hydroelectric power station or a freeway system). All these projects utilise manpower, materials, and equipment, and require effective and efficient organisation, control, and management for their successful completion, no matter the size. At the conclusion of this unit, students will have been imparted with the requisite knowledge to assist them in achieving this.

The subject matter covered in this unit will include: the characteristics and use of equipment commonly used in civil and construction engineering; construction techniques of the civil construction engineering industry; planning and control/management techniques used in civil engineering and building construction; component materials used in the production of concrete, concrete properties, concrete mix designs, and quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete; and, technical site visits and professional reports.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Examine the basic characteristics and assess the use of equipment commonly used in civil and construction engineering.
    Bloom’s Level 4
  2. Explain and apply construction techniques of the civil construction engineering industry.
    Bloom’s Level 3
  3. Analyse and apply commonly used planning and control/management techniques used in civil engineering and building construction.
    Bloom’s Level 4
  4. Evaluate the component materials used in the production of concrete and compare and contrast concrete properties.
    Bloom’s Level 5
  5. Formulate concrete mix designs and plan quality control procedures for production and placement of concrete.
    Bloom’s Level 6
  6. Prepare well-ordered technical site visit plans and communicate professional reports to all role players.
    Bloom’s Level 3

Student assessment

Assessment Type When assessed Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Earthmoving, Water and compressed air and Construction techniques.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.

Due after Topic 4 15% 1 to 2

Assessment 2 

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: management theories and processes.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.

Due after Topic 6 20% 1 to 3

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project / Report

Example Topic: SpaceGas or Strand7 - Practical tests are commonly used to determine properties which are required in product specifications, as follows.
o Concrete mix design;
o Slump test;
Optional tests:
o Split test;
o Flexure test;
o Compressive test.
o Crushing / Strength test for concrete

Students must then collate the information derived from the experimental work into a report.

OR

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or using software to complete a practical.

Due after Topic 9 20% 4, 5, 6

Assessment 4

Type: Examination or Report or Project
Word length: 2000

Example Topic:

Mock Site Visit
This report will demonstrate students’ ability to work autonomously and as a part of a team, exercise personal judgement, and demonstrate knowledge acquired through the unit subject matter, by transference of these to real-world applications.

OR

Exam on all topics
An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

Final Week 40% 1, 2, 3 and 6

Class Participation

Continuous 5% 1 to 6

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Required textbook(s)

Nunnally, S. W., 2013,, Construction Methods and Management, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey. ISBN: 978-1292039350

Reference Materials

Neville, AM 2006, Properties of concrete, 4th Edition, Longman Scientific & Technical, Essex.
Standards Australia, Cement and Concrete Association of Australian 2002, Guide To Concrete Construction, 2nd Edition, Sydney. (SAA HB64.)
Peurifoy, RL, Schexnayder, CJ & Shapira, A 2011, Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, 8th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York.
Sen, GC 1995, Blasting Technology for Mining and Civil Engineers, University of NSW Press, Sydney.

Unit Content

 

Topic 1

Construction Plant and Techniques
Earthmoving
Water and compressed air

Topic 2

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)
Rock excavation and treatment

Topic 3

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)
Construction techniques

Topic 4

Construction Plant and Techniques (continued)
“Mock-up” Construction site visit
Site visit and inspection reporting

Topic 5

Construction Management
Introduction to management theories and processes

Topic 6

Construction Management (continued)
Projects from initiation to design

Topic 7

Construction Management (continued)
Projects from estimate to completion

Topic 8

Concrete Technology
Concrete production, placement, curing, and finishing

Topic 9

Concrete Technology (continued)
Concrete mix design

Topic 10

Concrete Technology (continued)
Concrete mix design (continued)

Topic 11

Concrete Technology (continued)
Properties of fresh and hardened concrete

Topic 12

Unit review

In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far.  Opportunity will be provided for a review of students’ work and to clarify any outstanding issues.

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • Software: N/A

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  • Instructions:  N/A

  • Additional resources or files: N/A

Hardware

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