Construction Engineering

Subject CVEN90058 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (Lectures: 24 hours per semester; Workshops: 12 hours per semester)
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation may be taken concurrently

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Learning in the following subjects, taken either before or concurrently with Construction Engineering will enhance a student’s learning experience:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Tuan Ngo


Dr Tuan Ngo

Philip Christopher

Subject Overview:


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, noise and dust control in an project environmental maagement plan.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the students is expected to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from engineering management and technical subjects into the planning of the construction process
  2. Apply the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability to design and construction processes
  3. Demonstrate the link between project design and construction in achieving efficient and safe project outcomes and
  4. Evaluate, choose and communicate appropriate construction processes for an engineering project.

  • Present in a concept map the system interactions in a design and construction project (10%) requiring about 20 hours critical thinking, due week 5. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2, and 3 are addressed in this assessment
  • As a team, prepare an EH&S risk management register and Environmental Management Plan for a construction project (10%) requiring about 20 hours critical thinking and documentation per person, due week 7. ILOs 1, 2 and 3 are addressed in this assessment
  • As a team member, prepare a two-page brief evaluating the construction options associated with an aspect of the overall project (20%) requiring about 40 hours work, due week 9. ILOs 2, 3 and 4 are addressed in this assessment
  • As a team, present a final report not exceeding 20 pages on the recommended construction process for the chosen design (30%) requiring about 50 hours work per team member, due week 12. ILO s 1 to 4 are addressed in this assessment
  • One 2 hour written exam (30%) held in the end of semester examination period. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in this exam.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

• Ability to undertake research and apply critical thought to formulate engineering solutions
• Potential for innovation and creativity
• Proficiency in report writing
• Capacity to summarise and present design concepts and outcomes
• Understanding of how to engage with and work constructively and productively in an integrated multi-disciplinary team to achieve mutually agreed outcomes in a constrained time frame.

Related Course(s): Master of Architectural Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Civil with Business)
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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