ENG173 Civil Engineering Topic Tree - Student Engineer (36)

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. This subject builds upon the knowledge based topics completed in previous subjects to expand the students technical capability.  The selection of topics will be guided by a combination of the project needs in other subjects, individual goals and identified knowledge gaps. This subject takes the student through the Topic Tree to complete the topics necessary to be ready to commence a first work placement as a cadet engineer.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 a range of specialist content knowledge topics;
  • Demonstrate mastery of a range of specialist process knowledge topics;
  • 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 suit specific engineering contexts; 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 complete a minimum of 240 topics in the Topic Tree, including topics in the preceding Topic Tree subject, ENG171. Students must complete all topics specified in Schedule A;
  • Schedule A comprises the minimum set of topics from all branches on the topic tree necessary to commence work as a cadet engineer;
  • 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; and 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.