Module code: ENG2107

Module Overview

Integrated Design 2 provides an opportunity to combine the main civil engineering disciplines through tackling realistic design problems that combine both technical and managerial aspects. In this way, the links and interactions will be better appreciated and understood. Working in groups with academic staff as consultants creates a student-centred learning environment that is much closer to how professional civil engineers work in practice.  Other elements include interpreting a client’s brief, dealing with incomplete information, working under time constraints, and appraising the work of other engineers.

This module concerns the optimal design of a complex system of civil works. In particular a sufficient understanding of the mechanics of the system is required in order to define and successfully verify the safety and serviceability levels, while also meeting the client's brief in terms of efficiency, durability, aesthetics and cost. This exercise will enable the student to appreciate that sustainable complex works can only be generated after proper sizing of each component of the scheme, the performance of which must be regarded as a whole, with reference to the requested life span, and by considering sustainability throughout.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BOND T Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: H200

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the normal progression requirements from FHEQ Level 4 on a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Integrated Design 2 comprises both conceptual and detailed design. The first assignment consists of the conceptual design of a complex civil works. It involves environmental and civil engineering, including engineering geology, statistics, hydraulics and water quality engineering. The second assignment is the detailed design of the scheme proposed with the conceptual design, or part of it, and involves environmental and civil engineering, including hydraulics, water quality engineering, soil mechanics and structures. Both assignments are undertaken by groups of students (4-6 students per group). For the first assignment most work is done individually and the majority of marks are awarded for individual effort. For the second assignment, a well-planned and organised team work is required and marks are awarded by peer review after a viva session and then adjusted to the individual’s contribution to the project.

Weeks 1-5: Conceptual design for a civil engineering scheme

Weeks 6-9 and 10-11 (intensive): Detailed design of a civil engineering structure

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Alternative instrument of assessment: coursework related to site and size selection for a proposed civil engineering works. [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, a, b, c, d, f, g, h] Alternative instrument of assessment: design coursework combining geotechnical, hydraulic, water quality and structural calculations. [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h]

Assessment Strategy

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

Ability to use in an integrated manner the knowledge gained with the study of basic subjects during the first two years at university.
Work organisation and leadership, team work and negotiation skills.
Engineering judgement.
Appreciation of sustainability in terms of the followings characteristics: optimal sizing of engineering works, long-term cost-effective solutions, environmental impact, limited use of natural resources, pollution, energy saving and/or generation.
Ability to communicate and present clear and concise reports and drawings.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Conceptual Design.  Individual submission of conceptual design report. 90% of the marks will be awarded for the report and 10% from peer assessment.  [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, a, b, c, d, f, g, h] (56 hours, 40%)

Detailed Design. Group submission of a detailed design report. 50% of the marks are allocated to the individual student’s contribution to the report, 5% is allocated to the student’s performance during the intensive week, 35% is allocated to the student’s performance in the viva and 10% is allocated for the individual student’s effort in completing the task, as judged by the remainder of the group (%) [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h] (85 hours, 60%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment and feedback will be provided during lectures and consulting sessions and with corrections and comments of the coursework also using SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • Integrate the civil engineering disciplines
  • Extend student knowledge through project work in civil design comprehensively based on hydraulics, geotechnics, structures, construction, sustainability, and health and safety
  • Develop skills in team work, information retrieval, evaluation and critical thinking, report writing, oral presentation and defence, time management, and negotiation skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify solutions to planning and design problems by either understanding the basic governing mechanics or integrating the different disciplines in civil engineering KCPT
002 Critically appraise alternative solutions such as aspects of efficiency, durability, cost and environmental impact KCPT
003 Describe how changes to a design require a reassessment of risks KCPT
004 Demonstrate the consideration of sustainability issues relating to civil engineering design KCPT
005 Prepare engineering drawings, calculations, specifications, and construction method statements – including health and safety risk assessments KCPT
006 Identify and resolve problems of time and resource constraints in the planning and execution of construction projects KCPT
007 Present work in written reports and visual presentations, and defend it orally KCPT
008 Conduct an independent assessment of third party design work KCPT
009 Information retrieval T
010 Synthesis of data  T
011 Reviewing, assessing, and critical thinking T
012 Technical report writing T
013 Oral presentation and defence T
014 Teamwork and leadership T
015 Time management T
016 Negotiation skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 123

Lecture Hours: 9

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed with the following aims:

This module develops basic skills in sizing a complex system of civil engineering works. It requires the implementation of basic knowledge and skills from modules undertaken during FHEQ Levels 4 and 5. including structures, geotechnics, water quality engineering, materials and hydraulics.  

This module forms part of a set of three integrated design modules at FHEQ Levels 4, 5 and 6. It is designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills acquired during Integrated Design 1 (FHEQ Level 4), in terms of planning, sustainability, costing and health and safety and prepares the student to more open-ended tasks in Integrated Design 3 (FHEQ Level 6).

The teaching and learning process is principally by self-study and group work, which is supported by tutorial assistance from academic staff and themed lectures. Learning takes place through detailed project work and peer appraisal. Work will be carried out by groups of approximately 4 to 6 students. All parts of the work are supervised and monitored by academic staff.

The module is run in two phases. In weeks 1-5 there is an introductory briefing following which student groups will work on phased assignments on a conceptual design. There will also be a number of lectures on design methodology, together with an opportunity to consult with academic staff at weekly “drop in” sessions.

During weeks 6-11 the same groups produce a detailed design. The final week will be an intensive week when academic staff will be available through daily consultancy sessions, and each group will be required to give an oral defence of its submission – as well as participate in peer assessment.

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 INTEGRATED DESIGN 2 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 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.