Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susanga Costa


Introduction to engineering; the systems approach to engineering problems and their solutions; sustainable development, ecology and the environment; lifecycle concepts, safety, management, quality and economic analysis; engineering ethics. Group work, written reports and oral presentations.



To provide students with a vision and understanding of the scope of engineering, including emphasis on its breadth and interactions and linkages with other disciplines

To introduce students to the role of the engineer in society, including environmental issues.

To introduce the concepts of engineering ethics.


To improve students' communications skills, building an appreciation of the need for and value of both verbal and written communications in engineering. Included in this are the concepts of quality and standards in all communications.


To increase students' motivation to study engineering and work towards an engineering career.

To develop an appreciation of the teamwork nature of engineering.


Class work and assignments: 70%
Examination: 30%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

24 lecture hours and 24 practice classes

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.