CIVIL ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND SURVEYING - 2018/9

Module code: ENG1074

Module Overview

Civil Engineering Practice

This part of module provides students with an appreciation of the nature of civil engineering practices and the role of the Civil Engineer.  An introduction is provided on the fundamental principles of sustainability and practices of health and safety in design and construction.  Case studies  delivered by external lecturers are introduced to illustrate the principles and practice within the profession. 

Introduction to Engineering Surveying

The principle behind the surveying element of the module is to introduce students to what they may encounter on an engineering construction site.  The background knowledge will also help those working for consultants realise how their design would be constructed.  This is particularly important when both contractors, consultants and utility companies are working to the legal requirements set out in “Managing health and safety in construction”, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

THORNE AM Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: H200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Civil Engineering Practice


Introduction to architectural and structural forms
Introduction to the principles and practices of health and safety and sustainability within the construction industry and provide cases studies to illustrate good practice
Civil Engineering project case studies - provided by invited speakers from civil engineering consultants, contractors and specialists
Insight into the potential graduate experience in the Civil Engineering profession – provided by invited alumni


Introduction to Engineering Surveying


Scope and use of surveying in Civil Engineering
Errors, accuracy and precision of measurements
Measurement of angles using a total station
Measurement of heights using an automatic level, total station and global positioning system (GPS)
Measurement of distances by steel tape, total station and GPS
Awareness of Health and Safety practices within the profession
Concepts of hazard & risk identification and mitigation in the context of surveying fieldwork

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1cardboard bridge 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 essay 30
Practical based assessment Surveying Reports 50

Alternative Assessment

None

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to:

1.    Understand the different types of engineering problems and situations that civil engineers address, including the financial, environmental and practical constraints, and be aware of the approaches typically adopted in these situations  [LO:1,2]

2.    Appreciate the basic principles of sustainability and good practice within the design and construction [LO3]

3.    Recognise structural forms and appreciate principles involved in the choice of structural forms [LO4]

4.    Determining distance [LO5,9]

5.    Transferring level [LO6,9]

6.    Angular measurement [LO7,9]

7.    Data reduction [LO5,6,7,8,9]

 

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

o   Coursework 1: Model bridge exercise [learning outcome:3-4, e, n, g, o][20%]

o   Coursework 2: Civil Engineering Practice Essay [Learning outcomes assessed:1-3, a, e, g, h, I, j] 30%]

o   Surveying Reports: Assessment of the field book [learning outcomes:4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f,h][50%]

 

Formative assessment and feedback

Feedback on essays will be given via personal tutors. 

A session on testing the bridge models in terms of meeting the brief requirements takes place during the last lesson were constructive comments on good and bad designs will be discussed and commented on  for the benefit of the entire cohort.  This usually  culminates  with presenting students  who produced the best bridge models with Prizes and Commendations presented by a representative from industry.

 Feedback on the 4 practical sessions is provided in the week following the exercise to enable further practicing to improve instrument and booking technique.  An exercise to reduce some of the data undertaken provides further feedback on the importance of accuracy and precision to acquire usable data. 

Module aims

  • Provide students with an appreciation of the nature of the civil engineering profession and its range of activities
  • Provide students with an awareness and appreciation of the different types of projects that civil engineers undertake and the way in which the profession operates.  This is illustrated via presentations delivered by professionals from the industry
  • Provide an introduction to the principles of sustainability within the construction industry and provide cases studies to illustrate good practice
  • Introduce students to the concepts of structural form (bridge in this case) and its role in civil engineering design
  • To make students proficient in the practical use of a range of standard and up to date specialist surveying instruments and any associated booking methods
  • To enable students to gain practice in basic surveying calculations
  • To introduce to students the importance of setting out their booking and calculations in concise manner with an appropriate commentary on what they have done and why

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the roles of the civil engineer and the links between the various parts of the civil engineering industry
002 Describe the different types of engineering problems and situations that civil engineers address, including the financial, environmental and practical constraints, and be aware of the approaches typically adopted in these situations  KCPT
003 Recognise the basic principles of sustainability and good practice within the design and construction KPT
004 Recognise structural forms and appreciate principles involved in the choice of structural form KCPT
005 Appreciate risk health and safety mitigation strategies to avoid accidents.
006 Measure and determine distance by tape, EDM and from coordinates. KCPT
007 Transfer level from a known datum and distribute any acceptable error. KCPT
008 Undertake angular measurement by Total Station and from coordinates. KCPT
009 Reduce the angle and distance measurements to determine if the errors are acceptable and apply appropriate corrections to acceptable errors KCPT
010 Describe the basis of and use of GPS measurements. KCPT
011 Technical report writing
012 Health & Safety – accident reduction
013 Risk identification
014 Risk mitigation strategies
015 Critical thinking
016 Design - “whole-life” costs
017 Sustainability
018 Information retrieval skills
019 Synthesis of data
020 Use of word processor, spread sheet, 
021 PowerPoint presentation
022 Oral  presentation
023 Field observation
024 Team work
025 Independent  learning skills

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 94

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Civil Engineering Practice

The learning and teaching strategy for this part of the module is designed to provide FHEQ Level 4 students with an appreciation of the nature of civil engineering practices and the role of Civil Engineers in the profession.  An introduction is provided on the fundamental principles of sustainability and practices of health and safety in design and construction.  Case studies delivered by professionals from the industry are introduced and presented to illustrate principles/practices within the profession.  The bridge modelling group exercise is used to introduce the students to some of the concepts of structural form and behaviour.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Civil Engineering Practice


Introduction to module & assignments (2 hours)
Sustainability  in Construction
Case Studies (10 hours)



Tunnelling in the UK  and Blackfriars station and bridges redevelopment
Engineers facing a changing environment
Careers in Geotechnical Engineering
A career as a consultant engineer at Arup
Architecture and engineering of new developments on the Surrey University Campus



Great Civil Engineers (2 hours)
Structural forms of bridges (2 hour)
Bridge Testing Competition (4 hours)


Introduction to Engineering Surveying


Introduction to module & assignments
Introduction to the concept of accuracy and precision
Determining Distances
Level
Angles
Distance Correction and Traverse Reduction
Setting out I Who is Who
Setting out II
Example calculations
Practical Sessions
Data reduction of the angle and distances produced by the groups

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CIVIL ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND SURVEYING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng1074

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.