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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills required for civil engineering design. Students learn how to: design infrastructures that conform to topographical features of the landscape using engineering surveying and the accuracy and limitations of various survey devices; evaluate the wind load on designed buildings using both design code AS/NZS 1170 and wind tunnel tests; and, communicate with fellow engineers and professionals through Building Information Models (BIM) and engineering drawings.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) fluently use the most common survey devices to acquire raw field observations ; (2) undertake basic survey computations from raw field observations to support a range of surveying and engineering applications; (3) use raw data and software to generate the topographical features of the landscape; (4) use commercial software and multi¬disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning to design and construction; (5) demonstrate ethical conduct and professional accountability; (6) explain the limitations of the design code AS/NZS 1170 for non-standard design geometries and the importance of wind tunnel tests; (7) plan the safe and efficient use of survey and lab devices; and (8) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) surveying quizzes and practical test ; (2) project part 1; and (3) project part 2. 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
the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Advisable prior study
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
and ENSC3010 Hydraulics
Contact hours
Lectures: 12 hrs
Practical Classes: 8 hrs
Workshops: 16hrs
Field Survey: 8hrs
Note that this unit will be offered in semester one from 2017 onwards.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.