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Unit Overview


This unit provides an Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice. It consists of three modules: surveying, engineering drawing and construction. The unit covers both theories and techniques to highlight the interrelationship and the communication protocols used between these areas.

Surveying covers the theory and practice in the use of survey instruments and techniques as applied to Civil Engineering and construction projects. Drawing introduces the Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to process the survey data and to produce engineering drawings for concrete and steel structures, roads, etc. Construction introduces the principal techniques used in civil engineering to permit effective application to a unique set of circumstances. These include site investigation, surveying, identification and provision of temporary facilities, selection of equipment and the development of environmental protection practices and construction safety.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Civil Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) explain the significance of surveying, drawing and construction in civil engineering practice and how they are related during the whole development process; (2) apply basic field surveying techniques to acquire raw field observations; (3) develop efficient field work practices to ensure accuracy; (4) undertake basic survey computations from raw field observations to support a range of surveying and engineering applications; (5) use commercial software and multi-disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning to design and construction; (6) explain various construction processes, equipment, and safety requirements; and (7) plan the safe and efficient use of construction equipment in construction projects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes and practical test for Engineering Surveying; (2) BIM software project; and (3) reports on site visit and case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tongming Zhou
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Contact hours
2 hours lectures/week
2 hours workshops/week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.