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Systems Modelling and Design (CVEN30010)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCVEN30010
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Semester 2
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This subject contains capstone design projects with an emphasis on geotechnical and hydraulic engineering and includes a hydrological component. Students will be given briefings on special topics in geotechnical but there will be emphasis put on self-learning. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles governing the flow of water through soil and its consequent impact on failure of soil structures such as occurs in landslides. Computer models to investigate these areas and laboratory experiments illustrating these phenomena will also be conducted.

A final capstone design project combining geotechnical and hydraulic engineering will require students in the Civil Systems Major to apply their knowledge to realistic design problem preparing them for employment in the construction industry. Students will be required to write this work up as a technical report that documents the designs, relevant data, and construction plans. This subject builds on knowledge gained in subjects such as Fluid Mechanics and Earth Processes for Engineering and assumes a familiarity with concepts of sustainability and engineering systems. The subject builds knowledge for the professional masters degree subjects Geotechnical Engineering and Civil Hydraulics.


Stresses in soils, permeability and seepage, flow nets, the effect of seepage on stability, slope stability principles, surface runoff, landslides, methods of analysis, design and remediation, the use of computer models to solve seepage and slope stability problems in the engineering design process.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

1. Interpret a design problem, develop criteria (technical, economic and environmental) to evaluate solutions, and develop conceptual solutions to the problem
2. Use software to assist in designing hydraulic and geotechnical structures
3. Critically evaluate the output of design software
4. Demonstrate competency in communicating technical issues in engineering laboratory and design reports
5. Begin to analyse the influence of engineering materials on design performance
6. Present outcomes of the design project in the technical report form.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and assess performance
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in teams
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation.

Last updated: 11 August 2018