This is a sample course plan and not a guide for enrolment. See the handbook entry to plan your enrolment.
The first year (or part thereof) is only required for students entering from non-Civil Engineering backgrounds. Applicants with 100 points of credit and graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year (Semester 3).
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300 point program
The aim of this subject is to provide an introduction to modelling the stresses and deformations that occur when axial, torsional and flexural loads are applied to a body in static equilibrium, as well as the translational and rotational motions that eventuate in a body subject to different load applications. This material will be complemented with laboratory and project based approaches to learning. The subject provides the basis for all the mechanical engineering subjects that follow. The calculations introduced in this subject are the most common type of calculations performed by professional mechanical engineers in all sectors of the industry. INDICATIVE CONTENTTopics to be covered in...
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This subject concerns the fundamental science of fluid flow relevant to a range of engineering applications, and is essential for specialisations relating to Chemical, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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|Engineering Risk AnalysisCore||12.5|
Engineering Risk Analysis
This subject will focus on how risk analysis and management principles and techniques can be applied to engineering projects. The subject introduces a range of risk analysis techniques, which are put in the context of engineering projects and analysed using the framework of the risk standard (AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009). Risk is a fundamental concept that is applied to every engineering project, whether it is ascertaining the risk of health impacts of water treatment processes, prevention of loss of life by flood mitigation projects, or catastrophic losses caused by the failure of structure in earthquakes or storms. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a care...
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This subject introduces important mathematical methods required in engineering such as manipulating vector differential operators, computing multiple integrals and using integral theorems. A range of ordinary and partial differential equations are solved by a variety of methods and their solution behaviour is interpreted. The subject also introduces sequences and series including the concepts of convergence and divergence. Topics include: Vector calculus, including Gauss’ and Stokes’ Theorems; sequences and series; Fourier series, Laplace transforms; systems of homogeneous ordinary differential equations, including phase plane and linearization for nonlinear systems; second order partia...
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|Earth Processes for EngineeringCore||12.5|
Earth Processes for Engineering
In this subject students will be introduced to physical earth processes and their engineering applications and implications. In particular, the subject concentrates on engineering aspects of climate, water and soils and their interactions. Simplified modelling and relevant analytical techniques are introduced throughout the subject. The students will learn about fundamental material required for later year subjects such as CVEN30010 System Modelling and Design, CVEN90044 Engineering Site Characterisation and CVEN90050 Geotechnical Engineering.
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The subject aims to provide knowledge about construction materials, their properties, manufacturing processes and key issues associated with their applications in structural engineering. The subject also introduces the relationships between the structure of a material and its properties. This subject must be taken early in the progression of training to be an engineer as it is a prerequisite of structural design subjects, and contributes valuable insights into the role of materials in other disciplines of engineering such as geotechnical engineering. It partners with ENGR20004 Engineering Mechanics to build a student's understanding of the way objects behave when load or deformations are ...
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|Structural Theory and DesignCore||12.5|
Structural Theory and Design
This subject introduces the basic methods of structural analysis and the design of simple structures which are built of reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry. A feature of this subject is the integration of the design and analytical skills in dealing with contemporary structures that have an effective blending of materials for achieving satisfactory performance and economy in construction.This subject consolidates basic structural theory and design abilities that underpin further specialised studies in structural design in engineering masters programs. It also gives students some basic capabilities to seek work experience in the engineering profession.
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|Systems Modelling and DesignCore||12.5|
Systems Modelling and Design
This subject contains capstone design projects with an emphasis on geotechnical and hydraulic engineering and includes a hydrological component. Students will be given briefings on special topics in geotechnical but there will be emphasis put on self-learning. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles governing the flow of water through soil and its consequent impact on failure of soil structures such as occurs in landslides. Computer models to investigate these areas and laboratory experiments illustrating these phenomena will also be conducted. A final capstone design project combining geotechnical and hydraulic engineering will require students in the Civil Systems Major ...
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|Sustainable Infrastructure EngineeringCore||12.5|
Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering
This subject provides an overview of a wide range of issues relating to infrastructure, with a particular focus on the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of historical and current projects. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of decision-making in this sector, including the role of government and regulation, considerations of equity, and assessment of economic and environmental impacts. Students will discuss the influential role that infrastructure plays in shaping a society, and the effects both short-term and long-term. Students will also learn to apply various analytical models to frame their thinking and evaluate infrastructure projects from a susta...
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|Engineering Site CharacterisationCore||12.5|
Engineering Site Characterisation
Characterisation of sites is an important step in any engineering study or design. In order to devise a design for an engineering project a range of contextual factors need to be determined. These include intrinsic aspects of natural and anthropogenic history, such as geological context and former industrial use as well as it indigenous heritage. Extrinsic impacts on the site such as the risk of flood, fire, and earthquake also need to be well understood. Finally the relationship with the surrounding natural and social environment needs to be characterised to ensure cross boundary effects of the project implementation of post-commissioning use do not cause unpredicted adverse impacts. Thi...
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|Structural Theory and Design 2Core||12.5|
Structural Theory and Design 2
This subject introduces more advanced methods of structural analysis and design, and their applications to the engineering of reinforced concrete and structural steel in compliance with the standards. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate the use of different materials into the design of contemporary structures through design projects. This subject would typically be that final subject in the sequence of structural engineering subjects for civil engineering students who do not want to specialise in structural engineering. INDICATIVE CONTENTTopics covered include: structural analyses of beams and frames by the stiffness matrix method; computer analysis using SPACEGASS; virtua...
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|The World of Engineering ManagementCore||12.5|
The World of Engineering Management
This subject examines the structure and basic building blocks of high performing organisations from a senior management perspective. It covers tools and techniques to conduct both an analysis of the external environment and the strategies to align the appropriate internal skills and capabilities.
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|Engineering Project ImplementationCore||12.5|
Engineering Project Implementation
Project management provides an organization with powerful tools that improve its ability to plan, organize and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. In undertaking this subject students will explore the principles and distinct technical skills of engineering management that are needed to implement a project. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in engineering project management, but is also of relevance to a range of engineering design disciplines where design for the total life cycle of the product or infrastructure should be considered. This subject is part of a trio of subjects tha...
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The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to urban traffic engineering and transport planning principles. General theory as well as analytical techniques for solving common transport engineering problems is presented. The key theme in this course is how to improve the sustainability of transport systems. This includes understanding and predicting travel demand. This course emphasizes techniques for modelling and evaluating schemes based on environmental, health and social outcomes. Behavioural choice modelling methods are used to predict demand for public transport and non-motorised transport modes. CVEN90048 Transport Systems provides a transport-specific learnin...
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Students that successfully completely this subject will have the skills to practice under a chartered engineer to analyse problems and propose designs in the field of civil and environmental hydraulic engineering. Analysis of water flow in natural and constructed channels is studied in the river hydraulics module. This gives students the fundamental tools to learn techniques such as flood prediction, the design of channels for water movement in irrigation, and the prediction of water levels in channels in environmental flow studies. The movement of water and sediment along coasts due to wave action and currents is the focus of the coastal hydraulics module. An understanding of wave proces...
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|Marketing Management for EngineersCore||12.5|
Marketing Management for Engineers
This subject prepares graduate engineers to practice basic marketing in the engineering profession where there is a mutual need and reliance upon their training and skills in both engineering and marketing to satisfy the needs, wants and demands of the market, internally within the organisation, and through the entire supply chain.
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Soil and rock are among the most important civil engineering materials. They form the foundations of all structures, can be rearranged to provide a topography to suit particular needs like embankments for road and railways, can form a structure in its own right when used for levee banks or dam walls, or may need to be removed to allow access such as with tunnels and cuttings. Students completing this unit should understand how to make simplifications to complex soil conditions, how to establish strength/deformation characteristics of the soil and how to apply fundamental geomechanics knowledge learned in earlier units to solve problems involving the stability of an earth mass for these va...
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|Economic Analysis for EngineersCore||12.5|
Economic Analysis for Engineers
This subject seeks to - Build a thorough understanding of the theoretical and conceptual basis upon which the practice of financial project analysis is built and its application to engineering; Satisfy the practical needs of the engineering manager toward making informed financial decisions when involved in an engineering project; Incorporate critical decision-making tools that engineering managers can bring to the task of making informed financial decisions.
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|Strategy Execution for EngineersCore||12.5|
Strategy Execution for Engineers
This subject emphasises the critical nature of Operations Management as an essential part of a competent engineer’s portfolio of knowledge and skills.
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|Research Component (select 25 points across Semesters 1 and 2)||Points|
|IE Research Project 1 Part 1Other||12.5|
IE Research Project 1 Part 1
This subject provides the capstone experience for students in Infrastructure Engineering. Students will combine their expertise in interdisciplinary groups or as individuals to address real-world problems, typically in contact with industry.Project topics will be advertised well in advance of commencement of the subject so that students can make an informed choice of topic and enrol early. Students must register their topic, group and supervisor before the subject commences. Students with an average score of H1 in the previous 100 points of study and an interest in a PhD have the opportunity to undertake an individual research project. Note 1: CVEN90064 IE Research Project 1 Part 1 and CV...
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|IE Research Project 1 Part 2Other||12.5|
IE Research Project 1 Part 2
Refer to CVEN90064 IE Research Project 1 Part 1 for details
Detailed Information CVEN90065
|Selective (select 12.5 points from Semester 5 or Semester 6)||Points|
|Integrated Design - InfrastructureElective||12.5|
Integrated Design - Infrastructure
This subject involves a major design project that concentrates on preparing a design proposal for a larger spatial scale infrastructure system such as a suburban precinct, a transport system for a small city, or a precinct level water and renewable energy supply system. The preparation of a feasibility study or conceptual design report will be the key deliverable for this subject. Students would work in small teams and receive guidance from experienced engineers in preparing the infrastructure design proposal, which would concentrate on scoping a design to meet societal needs.
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This subject involves students learning the integrated process between design and construction by developing a proposal for a design & build project. An objective of the project is to help students explore the close relationship between design, constructability and construction. Students will develop a simplified design for an infrastructure project that includes a range of civil works such as earthworks, foundations, drainage, on-site concrete construction and cranage, and then propose solutions for construction that may require iteration of the design. The proposed solution would also address OH&S, environmental, and social sustainability issues inherent in areas such waste minimisation...
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|Engineering Contracts and ProcurementCore||12.5|
Engineering Contracts and Procurement
In this subject students will learn how to structure and work with engineering contracts to deliver and procure engineering outcomes. Students will develop a working knowledge of contract administration and gain an understanding of commercial out workings of engineering. All engineers interface commercially with engineering contracts throughout their careers and thus the application of the subject content is broad. Those seeking to work as a contractor and as a contract administrator will find direct application of this subject’s content.
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|Selective (select 12.5 points from Semester 5 or Semester 6)||Points|
|Integrated Design - CivilElective||12.5|
Integrated Design - Civil
This subject involves a major design project that concentrates on conducting a more detailed design of a piece of civil infrastructure such as railway station, airport, school, sports stadium, shopping centre, etc. The design would have scope for structural solutions, site works, innovative energy and water supplies, etc., and would be based on a broad conceptual design proposal that has been given to the design team. The design proposal will be presented at a functional level where the broad specifications of the design and how it might be constructed are generated and evaluated, rather than detailed specifications required for construction.
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