Civil Engineering - Student Newsletter 19 September 2011
Mid-Semester Break time
A well earned mid-semester break is fast approaching.
Continue your journey to becoming professional engineers with us.
Thesis, honours, work experience & 4th year electives information session - Thur 6 October 1 pm
There will be an information session on Thur 6 October 1 pm in Farrell lecture theatre, covering thesis, honours, work experience & 4th year electives.
This session is primarily designed for students entering their final year in 2012, but all civil students are welcome to attend.
Placing a value on carbon - President of the Institute of Civil Engineers (UK),
You are invited to a lecture by Peter Hansford, President of the Institute of Civil Engineers (UK), to hear the latest on this issue and increase your knowledge about carbon. Having developed a low-carbon route map to 2050, Hansford is considered an expert on this issue.
Peter is a civil engineer, and a project and program manager, and his talk should be of wide interest to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students across the faculty.
When: 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Thursday 29 September
Where: PNR Lecture Theatre, Darlington Campus
Cost: Free, no booking or registration required
Exams - Semester 2 2011
- Semester 2 Exam Timetable
- Replacement exams: If you are sick during exams, or there is some other issue, the School will have replacement exams, subject to appropriate approval of special consideration. Most of these replacement exams will be held between Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 December.
Your Drop-In Tutors for Civil Engineering for Semester 2, 2011
A reminder of our lunchtime drop-in tutor sessions. The tutors will be available in person to help you with some of your civil engineering subjects.
The drop in tutors are not official tutors in any particular subject, but are designed to be available, particularly for more junior students, to help with more fundamental knowledge and questions associated with any of your subjects.
Matthew and David write “Please come and ask us as many questions as you like. There is no such thing as a stupid question and we am happy to go over any topic with you. Questions can be as broad as a concept you're struggling to understand, and as specific as a certain tutorial question you can't get right. We are not lecturers or academics. We can help with technical questions associated with your studies, but not anything of an administrative nature.”
Xi Zhang also speaks Mandarin, and Matthew speaks Cantonese and we hope that some of our international students may feel more comfortable talking to them. We have asked Xi to be able to help some of our non English speaking background students with technical English.
Mon 12.45-1.45: Xi Zhang (also speaks Mandarin)
Tue 12.45-1.45: Matthew Chan (also speaks Cantonese)
Wed: No session
Thur 12.45-1.45: Matthew Chan (also speaks Cantonese)
Fri 12.45-1.45: Xi Zhang (also speaks Mandarin)
Tutors will not be available during mid-semester break
New civil engineering student study room, Room 101, Basement Civil Engineering Building
Area of expertise:
Both Matthew and David have indicated the areas of expertise lie in the subjects of Engineering Mechanics, Structural Concepts, Steel 1 and Structural Analysis, but they may also be able to provide some assistance with concepts in other units.
We encourage students to take advantage of these extra resources we are providing for your study and particularly encourage you to visit them early in the semester if you need assistance with assumed knowledge issues in any of your units.
Summer School - January February 2012 - ENGG1802 Engineering Mechanics
ENGG1802 Engineering Mechanics will be available as a summer school unit in January / February 2012.
ENGG1802 is a pre-requsite for CIVL2201 Structural Mechanics. If any first year student has not yet done ENGG1802, or unfortunately fails it this semester, we would highly encourage you to take the summer school option to facilitate transfer into 2nd year units.
Infrastructure Update - PNR Building
The Learning Networks Project construction associated with the PNR Building will commence on 22 September. Read full details of the Learning Networks Project.
The University will be keeping faculty students and staff informed of progress and information as it becomes available.
Main work associated with the PNR project includes:
* The former PNR library will become a student-centric learning space, characterised by technology-enabled small group work pods, and a range of open-plan learning spaces. The development will also include ICT support and an outdoor cafe, encouraging social interaction.
* PNR Drawing Office 1 will become a collaborative teaching space with state of the art ICT facilities for students and teachers.
Some of the works associated with the project will have short term impacts around the faculty:
* Some carparking spaces will be temporarily lost due to construction
* Some pedestrian detours may be required.
Interested in Research?
- The summer scholar program is available for interested 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students of all faculties of the University of Sydney to undertake research projects with the School of Civil Engineering during the summer break of their studies. The Scholarships are valued at $4,500 over a period of 12 weeks starting from 1 December 2011.
- Weekly research seminar give you to chance to learn about the interesting and challenge research topics performed by our academic staff and postgraduate students.
Have you changed your address or phone number recently?
If we found your wallet or USB, or need to contact you urgently concerning results, it is important that you have your current contact details registered with the university. Many of you may have changed addresses or phone numbers since you first started university.
Please follow the instructions to update your contact details at if you need to update your address.
Want the latest news - check the bulletin board regularly
The Civil Engineering Bulletin Board contains important notices concerning individual units of study, assignments and exams.
Job vacancies and opportunities for work experience will be posted on the board when we receive them.
New Degree - Bachelor of Project Management
The Faculty of Engineering & IT will be introducing a new degree in 2012, the Bachelor of Project Management (BPM). In particular, we believe the combined degree offering Engineering/Project Management (BE/BPM) in all streams across all of engineering (not just civil) will help provide the modern infrastructure professionals our nation and the world will require in the coming years.