Research Techniques (CIVL2511)


The objectives of this unit are to introduce students to the philosophy and principles of measurement, and its uses in Civil Engineering practice and research. The instrumentation used in practice, the underlying physical principles and the basic electrical/electronic and signal processing issues. It will introduce students to issues in the planning and construction of experiments. Give experience working in groups and in producing reports. At the end of this unit, students should gain an understanding of the importance of measurement, of the methods and application of measurement; ability to conduct experiments and interpret measurements. The course will reinforce key concepts in Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Soil Mechanics and Surveying. The syllabus comprises principles of measurement, presentation of data, error analysis, stress and strain, sensor types and technologies wave based techniques and wave analysis, photographic techniques, signal processing, electric circuit theory.

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2 hours of lectures and 2 to 4 hours of tutorial/project work/laboratory per week. Site visit.


Through semester assessment (100%)

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Assumed knowledge: CIVL2201 AND ENGG1802. Basic understanding of Maths, Physics and Chemistry appropriate to student in 2nd year of study. Concepts of Force, Moment, Torque, Stress, Strain, Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration. These are covered in a r

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