Faculty of Engineering

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Jeffrey Walker



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit, each student will be required to undertake a research project from a number of topics offered. These topics in general include one or a combination of design, theoretical, review and investigation works that will make a new contribution to the body of knowledge. Experimental work is only permitted when combining with CIV4211.
The student will be supervised by an academic member of staff. The project proposal will be presented as a poster, with the outcomes summarised in either a progress report or research paper and oral presentation.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. conduct research on topics related to civil engineering within a given timeline
  2. develop a sound research plan based on available scientific tools relevant to the project
  3. undertake an extensive review of relevant literature
  4. communicate to a professional audience via poster medium
  5. analyse data and prepare i) a written progress report if taken with CIV4211 or ii) a written research paper and oral presentation if taken alone


Practical work: 100% (poster presentation, technical research paper and oral presentation)

Students must achieve a minimum of 50% marks to pass the unit. In the case of failure, a maximum mark of 45% will be returned.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of 120 credit points and level 3 units in chosen area