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Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Year 1

Civil Engineering Project 1

Every building needs to be feasible, whether it is the cost, the workforce required, or the timescale set. Without reviewing this a project could quick fail. Here you will start with the feasibility stage of a built environment project including the development of initial design skills and construction experience. After an introduction to the project and the definition of the deliverable deadlines you will work in groups to produce a project plan for your work, organising it for the year ahead. This includes the production of a topographical survey of the project site and collection of relevant data though field and laboratory work. You’ll use this information to produce a site investigation report which will be the basis for the feasibility study. The second half of the project will focus on initial design, where you will be required to carry out investigations into the suitability of various materials for the construction of elements of the project, taking into account not only the mechanical properties of these materials but also sustainability and economic considerations. You will analyse and design a simple structure in this project, applying basic static and design principles to define the dimensions of the structural elements. You will also construct an element of the project which will develop your skills relating to the programming of the construction process, health and safety management and team work as well as first-hand construction experience.

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Introduction to Civil Engineering

There are a wide range of jobs and roles within Civil Engineering, and here you will see how these all work together to bring a project through to fruition. You will learn about the role of the civil engineer in society and explore breadth of career opportunities that await you on graduation. You will look at the value of inclusive engineering and the people-centric nature of this profession. Engineers are often required to ensure that work is safe, minimising risks to people and the environment, to engage in negotiations and hold positions of responsibility. Each of these requires an understanding of ethics, making ethical skills integral to engineering practice. You will encounter ethics throughout your time at university and this module will introduce this to you, showing you the importance of this type of consideration. Civil engineering projects are often complex, therefore you must work effectively in inter-disciplinary design and construction team, you must also be an accomplished communicator in order to take full advantage of their technical skills and knowledge. This module will help you develop your written, aural and drawing communication skills as well as your ability to work as a team, key skills that an employer will want to see. You will also look at the history of civil engineering, learning from past failures and mistakes, particularly looking at the incorporation of sustainability and resilience into engineering design. Through this module you will get the opportunity to visit construction sites and to start to understand construction planning and processes. Visits from guest lecturers from industry will also be encouraged, as will visits by representatives from the professional bodies such as the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

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Applied Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

Develop the underpinning engineering mathematical skills needed to solve technical and applied problems. The mathematical skills are essential for the successful completion of your project and knowledge-based modules. The module will focus on teaching mathematics while solving applied engineering problems, formulas, and expressions. Algebraic skills will also be extensively developed to carry out mathematical analyses and solve engineering problems. The module will include algebraic skills, trigonometry, vectors, geometry, basic calculus, and their application to solving practical engineering problems. The teaching of this module includes introducing external self-learning and assessment tools in mathematics, allowing flexible and independent learning. The module will be assessed with reference to the application of mathematics in engineering problems.

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Structural Mechanics (15 credits)

The module is about static structural mechanics, which is also known as statics. It is a branch of mechanics that analyses forces and their effects on rigid bodies at rest or in equilibrium. It focuses on studying structures and systems under static loads, where the forces acting on the object are balanced and do not cause motion. Static structural mechanics is an essential engineering discipline used in various engineering fields, including civil engineering and mechanical engineering. It is used to design and analyse structures, machines, and systems; thus, the principle is used to analyse the forces acting on structures such as bridges, buildings, and trusses. In this module, you will learn about structures' support and internal reactions to ensure systems are balanced and in equilibrium, which helps designing safe and stable structures.

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Building Information Modelling for Civil Engineering

This module covers the fundamentals of hand sketching, the creation of 2D drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD), and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in civil engineering. By developing a strong foundation in design aspects and the creation of drawings, you'll be better equipped to undertake later modules where design aspects and technical drawings are required. Upon completion of this module, you will have the skills and competencies necessary to apply BIM software to real-world scenarios such as designing and creating drawings for building structures, and other infrastructure projects. The knowledge and skills from this module are essential for other modules where design aspects account for significant weightings. The module provides the up-to-date BIM standards and best practices for civil engineering, which are essential skills for employability in the civil engineering industry.

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Year 2

Civil Engineering Analysis Project

Designed to develop your ability to analyse built environment challenges though the application of engineering concepts, theories and mathematics, in this module you will also broaden your perspective of built environment projects by including the environmental and financial aspects. You will apply your knowledge of the three main strands of civil engineering, structures, geotechnics, and hydraulics to critically analyse a proposed project and determine the suitability of the design and to propose alternatives which will improve it technically, economically and environmentally. You will need to consider the environmental impact of the project and apply the relevant analysis and legislation to produce an environmental impact report. You will apply the principles of construction management to the project to develop a sequence for a construction project and produce a programme using industry standard project planning software and to also consider the financial implications and resources management necessary for this project.

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Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Ruskin Modules are designed to prepare our students for a complex, challenging and changing future. These interdisciplinary modules provide the opportunity to further broaden your perspectives, develop your intellectual flexibility and creativity. You will work with others from different disciplines to enable you to reflect critically on the limitations of a single discipline to solve wider societal concerns. You will be supported to create meaningful connections across disciplines to apply new knowledge to tackle complex problems and key challenges. Ruskin Modules are designed to grow your confidence, seek and maximise opportunities to realise your potential to give you a distinctive edge and enhance your success in the workplace.

Hydraulics and Geotechnics

Develop your knowledge of the more theoretical aspects of Hydraulics and Geotechnics and gain the theoretical foundation to carry out the analysis and design in your future modules, helping you to make sense of specialist software output. Hydraulics: Introducing you to the principles of hydraulics, this will demonstrate how these principles are used for the design of hydraulic structures and their components. You will also be introduced the principles of hydraulics in pipe systems and open channels’ design and operation. You will have laboratory sessions to give you the opportunity to explore the practical aspects of hydraulics principles. Geotechnics: Here you will study the theoretical principals that geotechnical design is based on. This includes the theory behind settlement predictions and the determination of shear strength parameters for drained and undrained scenarios to be used in the design of foundations and other geotechnical structures. Lateral earth pressure theory will also be covered and its relevance in the design of retaining walls, braced excavations and deep foundations.

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Advanced Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

Applying and building upon the mathematical techniques learnt in ‘Mathematics for Technology 2’, this module will enable you to use mathematical modeling techniques to analyse and improve engineering systems. We’ll introduce vector analysis, and use Laplace transforms to solve first and second order differential equations. You’ll also learn the Fourier series; the mathematical basis for analysing periodical functions as encountered in any area of physics where wave theory is important. Your learning will be assessed using a one-hour in-class test, two-hour examination and a coursework assignment.

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Structural Analysis

Deepen your understanding of both structural mechanics and structural analysis techniques. In this module you will cover static equilibrium, the resistance of structures to external loads, behaviour of structures under the influence of external loads, internal stresses, internal stress distributions and superposition. You will be introduced to structural deformations and deflections, determinate and indeterminate structures and influence lines. Hand calculation analysis for beams, pin jointed frames and unit load methods will be covered and you will also be introduced to the use of software for structural analysis with an emphasis on the use of hand calculations to support and validate the results obtained using structural analysis packages. You will be expected to show that you can generate structural analysis calculations that are clear and suitable for checking by an independent engineer.

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Year 3

Civil Engineering Design Project

This interdisciplinary module takes advantage of the broad range of construction industry skills available in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. It is designed to give you an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge previously gained throughout your course and to develop your ability to both manage and carry out the design of a small civil engineering project. You will generate a range of engineering solutions, making a considered assessment of each option and to recommend a design proposal. The design scenario for this module will challenge you to integrate your civil engineering design skills into an interdisciplinary design process. While delivering a range of meaningful engineering solutions to the project, your designs will need to consider and balance a broad range of design aspirations such as: maximising site opportunities; delivering a resilient/loose fit design; the three pillars of sustainability; taking advantage of Design For Manufacture and Assembly considerations. You will be expected to demonstrate that you are drawing on and making effective use of your knowledge and understanding from a broad range of civil engineering subject areas including team work communication, engineering analysis, design, construction materials, construction techniques and construction management.

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Materials and Manufacture

Further your knowledge of construction materials, and construction techniques, that are prevalent in the UK construction industry. Build on the knowledge of construction materials that has previously been delivered during the Level 5 project module and Material Technology, extending this knowledge to cover typical methods of construction. The aim of the module is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand and evaluate the key physical properties of the main construction materials and to understand how these properties relate to both methods of manufacture and typical construction details. The module will introduce the concepts of Design for Manufacture & Assembly and Modern Methods of Construction as well as selected construction details and techniques such as movement joints and structural connections. Additional critical aspects will also be covered, including durability, fire resistance, quality control, specification and recycling/re-use of construction materials.

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Research Methods and Individual Project (30 credits)

This module enables students to conduct an individual research project in the corresponding (for example, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Robotics, Electronics, Electrical, Medical, Pharmaceutical, etc) Engineering subject area. Students must identify a problem, break it into more manageable components, and critically analyse it. Students will conduct a literature review (review of the current knowledge in the field of choice), formulate research questions, and collect primary data via experimentation, numerical analysis, case study, interviews or questionnaires to perform a qualitative or quantitative analysis. The dissertation must be 8500 words and an oral presentation. The focus will be on critical thinking and organising a significant research thesis/volume with an introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion. Students will have guest lectures from industry professionals to acknowledge the industry requirements and the latest trends in the engineering enterprise, reaching out to professional bodies such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). An academic staff member (chosen by students or the module leader) will supervise students. It will be throughout the student's journey working on the dissertation and provide support, advice and recommendations as required. Students will prepare a research proposal (1000-1500 words) that includes the following information: Title, Research Overview, Objectives, Research Context, Research Question, Research Methods, Research Significance and References. Students must also submit the ethics form, CV, and Gantt chart with a detailed explanation of the research development plan and an exit plan focusing on enhancing employability.

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Structural Dynamics

You will understand the responses of different structures under dynamic actions and the fundamental principles and methods of earthquake resistant design of building structures to Eurocode 8. You will learn about the different type of dynamic loads, the causes and effects of an earthquake and how to carry out the full 3D modelling of a structure under an earthquake using state of the art conceptual and detailed designs of an earthquake resistant structure.

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