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BEng Civil Engineering

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

• demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of Civil Engineering;
• understand aspects of core mathematics, science and engineering principles in the field of structures, geotechnics, fluids, materials and integrated design;
• use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
be able to communicate the results of their work;
present a structured and coherent simple argument;
be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline;
evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;
• demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline;
• appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
• demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries in Civil Engineering;

In relation to design students should be able to:
• demonstrate possession of the basic skills in communication by drawing and should be able to apply the basic rules of engineering drawing;
• through integrated project work, demonstrate how subjects come together to provide the 'big picture' and through hands on experience gain an understanding of the design process, its lack, generally, of unique or 'best' answers;
• understand the problem of choosing between a number of viable alternatives, requiring the balancing of advantages and disadvantages;
• handle qualitative and quantitative data and hence balance safety against economy; demonstrate an appreciation of the history of the art and science of civil engineering, the forces that have shaped it and its influence on our culture.
• demonstrate an appreciation of the professional, organisational, cultural and legal frameworks within which design is carried out;
• appreciate the impacts that engineering has on sustainability, the environment and people's quality of life.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

• qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
• skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
• basic IT and computational skills, skills in presenting a case both orally and in writing in good English, and through producing work on time demonstrate effective self-organisation;
• the capability to work effectively as part of a team, research information from the library and other sources.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

• demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to Civil Engineering;
• work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;
• demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.


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