ENG171 Civil Engineering Topic Tree - Introductory (12)

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 successful as a CSU Student Engineer.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG171. 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



One session


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Demonstrate mastery of pre-requisite knowledge for specific engineering topics;
  • Demonstrate mastery of a range of technical skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire 'just in time' knowledge to support engineering subjects; and
  • Demonstrate achievement of aggregate objectives in the individual 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. The overall objective for the subject depends upon the aggregation of the objectives for the topics chosen by the student. In order to successfully complete this subject, students must have completed a minimum of 60 topics in the Topic Tree.
  • Topic Tree branches include: engineering fundamentals; communications and research; sustainability and the environment; geotechnical engineering; water and waste water; civil engineering practice; civil engineering construction; roads and transport; project management; business and entrepreneurship; materials engineering; engineering mechanics; structural engineering; and specialist topics.

Special Resources

This subject is supported by the Civil Engineering Topic Tree on RealizeITLearning.com and e-book resources in the CSU library.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.