ENSC1601 Large-scale Engineering Wonders

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit explores the iconic structures that have been constructed over millennia. The engineering principles underpinning the construction of these structures are examined, and the social and economic contexts in which they developed are investigated. The interaction between these factors provides a linking theme throughout. It covers the immense contributions made by the engineering profession to the development of vital infrastructure and the realisation that it cannot occur in isolation from the community in which it is located.
Students are able to (1) understand various construction methods and architectural styles; (2) appreciate the historical and cultural contexts within which iconic structures were built; (3) understand simple engineering principles such as the stabilising effect of gravity, friction, geometry, load and resistance; (4) understand the problems of longevity of structures; and (5) understand how smart materials have evolved, from timber, stone, reinforced concrete to sensory construction materials.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continual coursework assessment; (2) team assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
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