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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BEng Civil Engineering

Programme code:BEN-CIVEUCAS code:H203
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Xiaohui Chen Contact address:x.chen@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
BTEC Extended Diploma: D*D*D* including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics.
Engineering or Construction Diploma: Grade A plus A-level (A2) Mathematics grade A or higher. AS-level Mathematics considered.
IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Civil Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Civil Engineering

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Engineering. (These are the same as those stated in the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC requirements for the accreditation output standards for Chartered Engineer).

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should:

Have a knowledge and understanding of:
- The fundamental principles of engineering science and mathematics relevant to civil engineering;
- The range and scope of computational tools and approaches relevant and appropriate to engineers for analysis, design and management;
- The principles of organisations and project management within the context of your chosen engineering profession and industry;
- The context in which civil engineering are practised and managed, including the management of quality and risk;
- The professional responsibilities of civil engineers and the influence of environmental, ethical and commercial considerations;
- The social, political and economic context of engineering responses in society.


Will have the ability to:
- Demonstrate and use a high level of problem solving skills as the basis for personal and professional development providing leadership, breadth of vision and resources to be creative and promote change within the engineering profession;
- Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems that are fit for purpose, sustainable, resilient and viable;
- Apply relevant and appropriate mathematical and scientific methods to conceptualise and implement a model and recognise the limitations, assumptions and validity;
- Analyse, evaluate, synthesise and interpret data and, when necessary, design procedures to gain new data;
- Critically evaluate the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology in engineering practice;
- Apply skills in information technology as applied to engineering as well as a high level of competence in oral and written communication to other professionals;
- Work effectively as a member of a team;
- Effectively/efficiently manage time and resources;
- Devise and implement strategies for identifying and satisfying your own learning needs;
- Apply professional judgement, balancing issues of costs, benefits, safety, and quality. Making considered decisions that may be challenging but are based on clear rationale;

Have experience of:
- Using a range of tools, techniques and equipment, both in the laboratory and in the field, to find solutions to engineering problems;
- Preparing technical sketches and drawings, using hand or computer methods as appropriate;
- Applying safe working practices;
- Personal and career development planning;
- Time limited tasks;
- Presenting and discussing complex technical and scientific information.

The programme will:
- Through the provision of an inspirational learning environment, support the intellectual and personal development of our students in a numerate and scientific context.

- Support our students in the development of the engineering, design and transferable skills required to become professional engineers and, in doing so, equip them to undertake further self-directed learning and development to meet the long-term needs of industry and society at large.

- Provide the educational requirements (in compliance with UK-SPEC) to permit progression to Chartered Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers and registration with ECUK as a Chartered Engineer.

Programme distinctiveness:
- The programme will develop graduates who can play a full role in delivering the responses required to address the major challenges facing global society by encouraging them to grasp new concepts, embrace new technologies and forge the future.

- The programme reflects the long-term needs of industry and society at large, both in terms of technical content and in the way in which our students’ intellectual, interpersonal and communications skills are developed.

- The programme emphasises the autonomy of the students from the outset bearing in mind that:
 Autonomy in terms of developing the capacity to learn for o neself and to identify future learning needs are important personal development goals;
 In addition to requiring a fundamental understanding and command of engineering principles, graduates are also required to be capable of self-directed learning, planning, delivery and development so that they can rapidly become useful members of a commercial and professional team;
 The independence of students is enhanced, giving them responsibility for their own learning in a supportive environment.
- The programme is research-led. This is a key strategic aim of the University and has two facets:
 The programme reflects the world-leading research expertise of the academic staff to ensure that the staff are enthused and that the students are receiving cutting-edge knowledge;
 The programme encourages and helps our students to develop a research-based learning approach (i.e. an autonomous learning ethos) from the outset.
- The programme reflects and enhances the values on which it is based, namely:
 A university education informed by both traditional and state-of-the-art scientific and mathematical fundamental principles in an environment where autonomy can be developed;
 Industrially focused with effective input from industry;
 A world-class Russell Group university with a strong sense of community;
 The course is delivered by Engineers and Scientists, for the Engineers and Scientists of the future

The BEng degree in Civil Engineering provides students with a rigorous education in civil engineering that satisfies the requirements of relevant professional institutions. In the first years the programme provides students a structured education focusing on fundamental engineering science with opportunities to apply their knowledge in context. In later years students have the opportunity to develop their interests in a range of civil engineering fields (for example transport, materials, fluids or structural design) which will include undertaking an in-depth research project in an area of their choosing.

Graduates will have a sound theoretical, practical, technical and problem solving education with which they can enter the civil engineering profession or other appropriate professional fields.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE1160Architecture and Environment20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE1260Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology20 creditsSemester 2
CIVE1360Structural Design and Analysis20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE1460Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE1560Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE1665Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE2150Structural Design 120 creditsSemester 1
CIVE2301Civil Engineering Materials II10 creditsSemester 1
CIVE2360Structural Analysis 110 creditsSemester 1
CIVE2470Water Engineering and Geotechnics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE2550Highway Engineering
Pre-requisite for: CIVE3560 Multi-modal Interchange Planning and Design
10 creditsSemester 1
CIVE2560Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE2660Integrated Design Project 220 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

CIVE2080Transport Planning and Modelling10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE2250Sustainable Engineering Solutions10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE2260Architectural History and Theory 210 creditsSemester 1
CIVE2815Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE2910Introduction to Project Management
Pre-requisite for: Management of Time, Cost and Quality in Projects
10 creditsSemester 2


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE3165Structural Design 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE3390Structural Analysis 210 creditsSemester 1
CIVE3415Water Engineering10 creditsSemester 1
CIVE3420Wastewater Engineering10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE3510Foundation Engineering Fundamentals10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE3750Individual Research Project 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE3860Integrated Design Project 330 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules. Candidates must request permission from the programme manager to study a 20 credit module from the list below, as this would bring the student's total credit load to 130 credits:

CIVE3080Transport Modelling 210 creditsSemester 2
CIVE3160Construction Site Fieldcourse10 creditsSemester 1
CIVE3261Management of Schedule, Cost and Quality in Projects
Pre-requisite for: Management of Human Resources and Communiucations in Projects
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE3460Environmental Health Engineering in Developing Countries10 creditsSemester 1
CIVE3550Railway Engineering10 creditsNot running in 201920
CIVE3555Highway Engineering 210 creditsSemester 1
CIVE3650Computational Methods for Civil Engineering10 creditsSemester 2
CIVE3820Building Physics 2: Services Design10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3135Engineering Geology10 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 13/05/2019

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