ENG471 Civil Engineering Topic Tree - Cadet Engineer (72)

The core of the engineering curriculum is the Civil Engineering Topic Tree.  The overall Topic Tree contains around 1,000 topics, covering the range of different specialties within civil engineering.  Students complete these topics in a mastery learning paradigm, with linkages between the topics indicated by required pre-requisite knowledge.  This subject takes the student through the Topic Tree to complete the topics necessary to be ready to commence a capstone project prior to graduating as a civil engineer.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG471. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Nine sessions


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Students enrolled in the  Bachelor of Technology/Master of Engineering Civil Systems and Bachelor of Technology.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • possess a comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline; and
  • fluently and critically apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Each individual topic on topic tree has an individual objective identifying the specfic knowledge to be acquired in that topic. The overall objective for the subject depend upon the aggregation of the objectives for the topics chosen by the student


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The topics for this subject are contained in the Civil Engineering Topic Tree. Each topic has its own objectives, learning materials and assessments. In order to successfully complete this subject, students will need to have completed a minimum of 600 topics in the Topic Tree (including the 240 from ENG 271), including all topics specified in Schedule B: Required Competency for Civil Engineers, and at least one of the combinations specified in Schedule C: Required competencies for commencement of capstone projects.
  • Topic Tree branches include: *engineering fundamentals; *communications and research; *sustainability and the enviroment; * geotechnical engineering; *water and waste water; *civil engineering practice; *civil engineering construction; *roads and transport; *project management; *business and entrepreneurship; *materials engineering; *engineering mechanics; and *structure engineering.
  • Schedule C includes those topics from one or more branches on the topic tree to be compentent in an area of specialisaton within civil engineering (ie., a structural engineer, a geotechnical engineer, etc).


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.