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# Subject overview & course requirements

Discipline subjects
Structural
Geotechnical
Water
Transport
Other subjects
Civil Engineering Construction
Civil Engineering Practice
Final Year Project
Q&A afterwards!

Semester 1 Semester 2

CIV4248: Ground Hazards & Geotechnics

CIV4249: Foundation Engineering

CIV4261: Integrated Urban Water
Management
CIV4268: Water Resources Management

CIV4284: Transport Systems

CIV4283: Transport Planning

CIV3203: Civil Engineering Construction

CIV4212: Civil Engineering Practice 4
CIV4210: Project A

CIV4211: Project B
Straight Eng: CIV4210 & CIV4212, plus 6 of the above which can also
include ENE3608, ENE4607, ENG4700 & one free elective*
Double Degrees: CIV4210 & CIV4212, plus 2 of the above*

Details vary significantly between years & double degree types

*Check the handbook for the year you started!!!

Assessment Summary
5% - Project 1 (Matrix Analysis)
5% - Project 2 (FEM Manual)
25% - Mid Semester Test
5% - Project 3 (FEM Software)
5% - Project 4 (Dynamics)
5% - Project 5 (Stability)
50% - Exam

Before the start of the semester:
familiarise yourself with the Matrix
Method & Direct Stiffness Method.
The exam & mid-semester tests are
mostly calculation-based so do a lot of
study guide & past paper questions.
Dynamics & Stability are difficult
concepts and not taught very
thoroughly, so dont fall behind during
Weeks 9 12 & ask questions.

Main Topics
Matrix Analysis
Finite Element Method
Dynamics
Stability

Dr. Pathmanathan
Rajeev

CIV4234
Structural
S1
Mani Risal

Dont aim to rote learn this
unit, aim to understand the
theory!

Assessment Summary
23% - Class Tests
9% - Practice Class Submissions
6% - Lab Report (Part A)
6% - Project (Part B)
6% - Lab Report (Part C)
50% - Final Exam

Key Points
Structural concepts easy to understand
but hard to master.
Challenging but rewarding practice
classes.
Learn the methods of analysis within
the first week of them being taught, it
will make your life so much easier
when it comes to doing the projects.
Seek help from Amin, Bill & the tutors
outside of class, they are extremely

Main Topics
Focus of unit on learning methods of plastic structural
analysis.
Part A
Analysis of reinforced concrete elements using the Strut & Tie Method (STM)
Part B
Yield line theory for slab analysis.
Hillerborg strip method for slab analysis.
Part C
Plastic design and analysis of steel structures
Dr. Amin Heidarpour
S2
Craig Rodriques
CIV4235
Structural
Assessment Summary
Assignment 1: 10% - Poster Presentation
15% - State of the Art Report
Assignment 2: 15% - Ground Improvement
Report
Assignment 3: 10% - Oral Presentation
20% - Law Case Report
Tests: 15% - Test 1 (Ground Improvement)
15% - Test 2 (Compaction)
Both tests are MCQs
Content & approach seems easy
but difficult to score well in
Form productive groups of 4
Start each assignment ASAP!
semester
Spot difficulties early to ask Qs
Provides a non-engineering POV

Main Topics
Ground Improvement
Settlement
Compaction: Vibro, Dynamic & Explosive
Filtration
Geo-synthetics

S1
Prof. Malek Bouazza
CIV4248
Geotechnical
S2
Samuel Verghese
CIV4249
Geotechnical
S2
Benjamin
Shannon
Bishwajit
Chowdhury
Senior Lecturer
Foundations Specialist
15 years of teaching and experience
2
nd
Year Geo Engineering
Respectable old school teaching style

2
nd
and 3
rd
Year
Tutors
Student
PhD Research
CIV4249
Geotechnical
S2
Site Investigation Techniques
Shallow Foundations
Deep Foundations - Piles
Analyse site investigation data
In-situ test results
Determination of soil parameters
Prepare geotechnical reports
Design on complex ground
conditions
Limit State/Serviceability State
Design
of pile
Point end bearing/Shaft resistance
CIV4249
Geotechnical
S2
Assessment Task Value (% of total)
Task 1: Analysis of bore logs & in-situ/lab test
results, establish geological models, determine soil
& rock design parameters & propose concept
foundations
20%
Task 2: Perform detailed design of shallow
foundation
15%
Task 3: Perform detailed design of deep
foundations including driven & rock rocketed piles
25%
Practice Classes (x5) 10%
Tests (x3) 30%
Total: 100%
There is a hurdle requirement!
Must score 45% in both continuous
assessments and class tests
CIV4249
Geotechnical
S2
Studying At Home:
Studying At University:
Utilise lecture and tutorial times
Private consultation hours
available
Principles of Foundation Engineering Braja Das, 7
th
Ed
Foundation Analysis and Design Bowles, 5
th
Edition
Piling Design and Installations (AS2159)
Recommended Texts:
Work through examples
Online lectures available
Successful demonstration of tasks require thorough understanding of respective
topics
Assignments and design tasks are analogous to on-the-job industry requirements
Text books are a vital component of this unit
Marking standard is relatively high, with an average unit mark in the 70s range
Do not assume the unit will be easy simply because there is no exam!!
CIV4249
Geotechnical
Assessment Summary
5% - House Water Expert Report
45% - Major Report
10% - Online Quizzes
40% - Exam
Majority of unit focuses around
the major report.
Some guest lecturers- examinable
4 tutors- very good in their own
specialisation
(ie: 2 MUSIC, 2 Aquacycle)
Very well run unit.
Main Topics
Stormwater management
Grey-water utilisation
Urban ground-water use
MUSIC and Aquacycle
Project costing methods
S1
Jonathon Hampshire
Dr David McCarthy
CIV4261
Water
Assessment Summary
25% - Water Quantity Assignment
Assess viability of a dam considering effects
of climate change
25% - Water Quality Assignment
Salinity balance model
50% - Exam
Many guest lecturers
An extension of CIV2207
Uses Excel, SPSS, Aquapak and
Rainfall Runoff Library (RRL).
Projects are very practical and
utilise actual scenarios

Main Topics
Implications of Climate Change
Environmental Flows
Planning & Management of Water
Supply Systems
Water Quality Modelling

S2
Jonathon Hampshire
Jeffrey Belinda
Walker Hatt
CIV4268
Water
Assessment Summary
25% - Network Operations Plan
25% - Local Study Area Analysis
50% - Exam (Open Book)

Start early on assignments
Speak to the lecturer & tutor
Utilise the textbook throughout
semester & make notes
Complete past exams & prepare
Attend lectures!

Main Topics
Network Operations Plans
Traffic & Parking Surveys
Traffic Impact Analysis
Design of Parking
Treatment of Hazardous Locations

S1
Prof. William Young
CIV4284
Transport
Assessment Summary
6% - In-Class Quizzes
19% - Research Paper & Poster
10% - Professional Writing Portfolio
20% - Transport Modelling Project
45% - Exam

Key Points
Great lectorial style
Lots of written assessment
Very well organised unit
Research paper similar to
CIV4248 & Final Year Project
Engages you with reality of
working in transport profession,
particularly in research
Main Topics
Transport Project Decision-Making
Travel Demand Management
Survey Methods
Transport Network Modelling
Urban Transport Technology
Freight Transport

Geoff Rose
(9 weeks)
S2
Sam Hughes
Majid Sarvi
(3 weeks)
CIV4283
Transport
Assessment Summary
35% - Individual Work
Placement Report (Max 5000
words)
Written Report
Oral Presentation
Requires a lot of work for a HD!
Marking rubric unclear for
placement report the more
depth you go into the, the better!!
Those with practical experience
will rely on common sense in the
major project
Maintain contacts from workforce
This will assist in the major
project & placement report
Main Topics
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)
Inspection Testing Plan (Quality)
Project Scheduling
Environment Management Plan (EMP)
S1
Trent Hopkins
Prof. Frank Collins
CIV3203
Construction
Assessment Summary
Concept Design
Oral Presentation 10% Group, 5% Individual
Executive Summary Report 10%
Detailed Design
Oral Presentation 10% Group, 5% Individual
Executive Summary Report 15%
Appendices 10% Group, 30% Individual
Drawings 5%
Game-Breaking Performance 5%

Start & update report as you
Keep up with weekly suggested
activities
Taste of real life engineering
work
Opportunity to use all skills
learnt during 4 years of
engineering

Main Topics
Complete design of Monash Green Chemical Futures
Facility (due to change next year however)
Deep involvement between civil disciplines.
Structural, Geotechnical, Water, Transport &
Environmental
New for 2014 Architectural students
Prof. Frank Collins
S2
Craig Rodriques
CIV4212
Civil
How it is assessed:
1 Semester Project
(CIV4210 or CIV4211)
10% - Poster Proposal
75% - Final Report
15% - Oral Presentation
2 Semester Project
(CIV4210+CIV4211)
10% - Poster Proposal
5% - Preliminary Report
70% - Final Report
15% - Oral Presentation
What it is:
A semester long project on a specific topic, typically
research.
Experimental, theoretical, or a literature review on a
very specific area within 1 of the 4 technical disciplines.
S1
&/or
S2
Sam Hughes
CIV4210/4211
Project A/Project B
You can also organise your own
project outside of the list!

How do I choose my project?
In late January, you will be sent a list of project topics from
each discipline
Approximately 120 different topics, many can be undertaken
by more than 1 person (assessments all individual, however)
Each project on the list has:
A description of the project
Name of project supervisor and co-supervisor
Which semester(s) it can run in & how many credit points it is worth
How many students can undertake the project
Whether or not it is lab-based
You have ~1 month to decide & submit 6 preferences for
projects, in order
You will then be assigned a project shortly before semester
commences

CIV4210/4211
Project A/Project B
S1
&/or
S2
Walk down the Civil Eng corridor to
see plenty of posters from projects
S1
&/or
S2
CIV4210/4211
Project A/Project B
General Timeline
10% Poster Proposal: A1 poster & short speech (Monday Week 4)
75% Final Report: 10 page report (Friday Week 12)
15% Oral Presentation: 10 min speech & Q&A (Monday Week 13)
Various help sessions from using library resources, writing the
report, & oral presentations provided throughout semester
Poster printing is not immediate: do day before
Work ahead & dont start in Week 10: many projects can
go wrong!
Learn how to reference properly
Use the given templates & get supervisors to review

CIV4210/4211
Project A/Project B
S1
&/or
S2
Many subjects all are difficult in their own
special way
Check your course handbook (for the year
you started) to verify your subject options!
Choose subjects that will help get you to
where you want to go in the industry
Dont choose something because you think it might
be easy chances are it will still be just as tough
to do well
Do your best not to fall behind, & try not to
let job applications drag you down
Green Chemical Futures Site Tour with:
Spots strictly limited! First-come-first-served!

ACES AGM + Free Pizza Lunch!
Next Wednesday 11 AM 12:30 PM, in G37
Join the committee! Have a say in who will lead your
club for 2014