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Civil Systems

MajorYear: 2018

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Students who have undertaken the Civil Systems major will be able to rigorously integrate fundamental science, tempered by design thinking, to provide accurate information and optimum solutions to practical problems involving civil infrastructure. More specifically, core skills and knowledge that will be developed include: fundamental comprehension that will lead to accurate computer modelling of civil systems, analytical and abstract thinking, problem-solving and design skills, ability to carry out laboratory experiments to eliminate or confirm possible solutions to complex problems. In all levels of this major, we will ensure the development of excellent communication skills that will enable our graduates to deliver complex scientific information in a clear and concise fashion.
The Civil Systems major will provide various pathways for students. These include accredited professional or scientific research careers in civil engineering through further study in the Masters in Engineering (ME) or PhD programs. Professional masters courses in other disciplines such as education, law, or business will be available. Students may also choose to enter the workforce at the completion of their undergraduate degree with employers who value the range of design, technical and problem solving skills graduates will have developed. For more information on the Master of Engineering please visit the Melbourne School of Engineering web site: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au

Intended learning outcomes

As well as the attributes generic to all University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Design alumni, graduates majoring in Civil Systems will be able to demonstrate:

  • A broad knowledge of major concepts and empirical findings in Civil Systems, and be able to understand a wide range of issues relating to sustainable infrastructure design, construction and operation;
  • A capacity for using fundamental scientific principles to develop solutions to practical complex problems involving civil infrastructure;
  • A capacity for applying risk management principles and techniques to engineering projects with the aim of preventing of loss of life caused by natural and complex disasters;
  • Excellent communication skills, for clear and concise delivery of complex design information about civil infrastructure for range of audiences, and for a range of purposes;
  • Knowledge of the Code of Ethics, Engineers Australia and other regulatory frameworks relevant to the Civil Systems Major;
  • Foundation knowledge to enable learning at AQF Level 9 in Civil and Structural Engineering Professional Masters degrees.
Last updated: 5 December 2018