CIVIL ENGINEERING PRACTICE - 2019/0

Module code: ENG1074

Module Overview

This 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. Also, different media for graphics communications in civil engineering including freehand sketching, computer aided design (CAD), geographic information system (GIS) and configuration processing are introduced.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BEHNEJAD Seyed (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 Graphics Communications for Civil Engineers


  • Introduction to freehand sketching including the basics of proportion and perspective

  • Insight into 2D engineering drawing production using AutoCAD. This will include the use of basic commands, precision input, use of relative, absolute and polar coordinates, object snapping, selecting groups and objects, using GRIPS, editing commands and controlling drawings with use of layers, drawing templates and dimensioning.

  • Introduction to geographic information system (GIS) 

  • Introduction to formex configuration processing and geometrical data generation for design and construction of structures


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1cardboard bridge 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 essay 30
Coursework COURSEWORK 3 sketching 10
Coursework COURSEWORK 4 GIS 10
Coursework COURSEWORK 5 configuration processing 10
School-timetabled exam/test AutoCAD test 20

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.    Appreciate health and safety and risk management [LO5]

5.    Appreciate graphics communications [LO6-13]

6.    Independent learning [LO14]

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

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

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

o   Coursework 3: Sketching [Learning outcomes assessed: 6, 14] [10%]

o   Coursework 4: GIS [Learning outcomes assessed: 7,8, 11, 14] [10%]

o   Coursework 5: Configuration processing [Learning outcomes assessed: 9, 10, 12-14] [10%]

o   Test: Assessment of the 2D drawings using AutoCAD [learning outcomes: 6, 14][20%]

 

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 sketching, GIS and configuration processing is provided on the submitted coursework.

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
  • Introduce students to graphics communications for civil engineers including freehand sketching, computer aided design (CAD), geographic information system (GIS) and configuration processing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the roles of the civil engineer and the links between the various parts of the civil engineering industry P
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. KP
006 Produce appropriately hand sketches and dimensioned 2D engineering drawings and develop simple 3D structural models using AutoCAD. KCPT
007 Use GIS tools and spatial data sources to compare site characteristics. PT
008 Appreciate geographic information system (GIS). KCPT
009 Introduce geometrical data generation for design and construction of structures. KP
010 Information retrieval skills PT
011 Synthesis of data CPT
012 Use of word processor and spread sheet PT
013 Team work PT
014 Independent  learning skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 15

Independent Study Hours: 100

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 13

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for this 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.  Also, an introduction is provided on the freehand sketching, CAD, GIS and configuration processing throghout lectures and tutorials.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Introduction to module & assignments (2 hours)

  • Invited lectures on civil engineering practice (18 hours)

  • Workshops on sketching GIS and configuration processing (12 hours)

  • Lecture on structural forms of bridges (2 hours)

  • Tutorial on making bridge models (3 hours)

  • Bridge Model Testing Competition (3 hours)

  • Tutorials on AutoCAD (10 hours)

  • Independent learning (100 hours)


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 : 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 2019/0 academic year.