ENG473 Civil Engineering Topic Tree - Senior Cadet Engineer (24)

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 base of topics completed in previous subjects to expand the students technical capability.  Selection of topics will be guided by a combination of workplace needs, 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 capstone project prior to graduating as a civil 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 Bachelor of Technology(Civil Systems)/Master of Engineering (Civil Systems) and
Master of Engineering (Civil Systems).


( ENG373 and ENG380 and ENG399 ) or ( ENG461 and ENG474 )

Incompatible Subjects


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;
  • Fluently and critically apply engineering techniques, tools and resources; 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 depend upon the aggregation of the objectives for the topics chosen by the student. In order to successfully complete this subject, students will need to have completed a minimum of 600 topics in the Topic Tree (encompassing all the topics completed in prerequisite Topic Tree subjects), including all topics specified in Schedules A, B and C.
  • Schedule A comprises the minimum set of topics from all branches on the topic tree necessary to commence work as a cadet engineer;
  • Schedule B comprises the minimum set of topics from all branches on the topic tree necessary to graduate every CSU civil engineer degree;
  • Schedule C comprises the minimum set of topics from all branches on the topic tree necessary to graduate every CSU professional civil engineer degree, regardless of specialisation;
  • 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.