• Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

UCAS code: H200 BEng/CEn

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. In your work as a civil engineer, you might be responsible for building bridges, tunnels, flood protection measures, tall buildings and other large structures.

The next few decades promise to be amongst the most challenging ever for the civil engineering community. Progressive urbanisation, increasing populations, on-going economic development, climate change and the persistent risk of extreme events already present many threats to infrastructure.

Teesside University’s BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree programme has been designed to produce industry-ready graduates. It incorporates key aspects of civil engineering such as structures, geotechnics, fluid mechanics, materials and construction management. We have combined an employability-focused curriculum with manageable group sizes and friendly accessible professional lecturers to give you one of the best student experiences available.

Skilled engineers are highly sought after – completing this degree gives you great career prospects. According to information provided by www.prospects.ac.uk in September 2012, the average civil engineering graduate starting salary is £23,500. Those with five years' experience earn an average of £28,523. The average income of Institution of Civil Engineers members is £48,588 but members receiving the London weighting receive an average income of £59,637.

The average salary of fellowship ICE members is £80,101 (Institution of Civil Engineers salary survey, 2010).

Studying at Teesside University, you have the option of a year-long work placement from one of the companies in the region, or further afield. The placement gives you experience of finding practical solutions to real industrial problems, enhancing your employability prospects.

You benefit from the invaluable support of an industrial mentor who stays with you throughout your degree. You can also gain the real-life experience all employers are looking for through your optional industry placement.

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree BEng (Hons) accredited CEng (partial)
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Institute of Highway Engineers

In the first year of this programme, modules provide the required underpinning science and mathematics, and a fundamental knowledge of the civil engineering disciplines. The group work element is covered by the Group Project – Feasibility Stage that includes a field course on the North York Moors. The Professional Skills for Civil Engineers module introduces personal development plans and begins the process of developing you as independent learners. Labs are used as a vehicle to reinforce theory and develop your IT, practical, communication and safety skills.

Year 2 modules aim to broaden your engineering knowledge by introducing specific technical topics. The professional skills element is covered by the Engineering Management and Leadership Skills module. This employer badged module, supported by Jacobs, provides you with the skills necessary to effectively manage and run the group design and Year 3 Project.

A significant part of Year 3 is dedicated to a group project and an individual research project. The Project Research module requires you to integrate the technical, research and employability skills you have already gained. The Construction Management and Employment Skills module provides a more advanced personal skills set so that you are in a better position to enter the employment market and immediately contribute to an engineering project team.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Civil Engineering Surveying

The measurement of large items in 3D space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined. The subject will be introduced in lectures, the topic will be explored and your skills will be developed through a series of practical sessions.

Assessment will be by written assignment and calculation and an end examination.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to studies in engineering at degree level. The fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry, and basic statistics are revisited and developed. The fundamental ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are introduced and developed.

The module is studied during the first year of most undergraduate engineering courses. Delivery is by a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of this module is by three open-book in-class tests.

Group Project - Feasibility Stage

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in project teams in order to produce a simple design for a construction client.

You develop the essential design and employability skills needed in a professional consultancy office such as problem solving, time management, presentation of work and research in a technical context.

Legal principles of health, safety, environment and ethics facing the professional in the workplace will also be introduced.

There is also a short residential field course where you carry out selected practical aspects of feasibility studies and in addition develop team work skills. Assessment is based upon a project carried out during some of the field course period.

Materials and Geology for Civil Engineers

This module introduces you to geology and how it affects the civil engineer. It looks at how it is a primary source of materials for construction and allows you to develop an understanding of the sustainable use of rock as an engineering material.

The module provides you with an understanding of the fundamentals of materials’ behaviour, with particular emphasis on metals, timber and brickwork.

Lectures, involving practical demonstrations, will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars and case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to develop your knowledge. Laboratory experiments will be used to further enhance your learning experience.

Assessment will be via an in course assignment.

Principles of Civil Engineering Construction

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of commonly utilised construction methods and components associated with civil engineering construction activities.
Teaching sessions initially focus on a structure that you will be familiar with – a residential house – looking at the construction methods and components for the foundations, walls, floors and roof etc.

Latter sessions build on the knowledge of house construction and apply it to larger substructure and superstructure civil engineering construction activities, including ground remediation, deep basements, retaining walls, multi-storey structures and bridges.

Lectures and multimedia are used to introduce basic concepts on building construction and services. Video and digital photographs will be used to show examples of site practice. You are set tasks to develop written and technical drawing skills.

The first module assessment is to undertake a condition survey of a building and produce a technical report/drawing. The second assessment is an end examination covering all subjects within the module.

Professional Skills for Civil Engineers

Knowledge of Civil Engineering is not the only thing you will learn at university, nor is it the only thing which potential employers will be looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of professional skills which will be applicable in all walks of life. These include the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing, the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required, the ability to tackle problems for which all the necessary knowledge is not available, the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness, and the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You will also learn to assess your own performance - recognise and build on your strengths, identify and improve your weaknesses.

This module is the first in a series running through the Civil Engineering, degree programmes in which these key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities which require the use of different skills while also teaching key aspects of Civil Engineering.

The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, laboratory classes, lectures, personal tutorials and site visit when available. Assessment is via reflective statements which will require you to identify knowledge and skills which have been developed during the module.

Structural Mechanics

This module introduces common types of structure used in engineering, assesses the types of loads they must resist and provides you with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.

Specific areas of study include: basic concepst of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statical determinacy; beam bending movement, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables.

Lectures will introduce each major topic on the module with tutorials used to practise calculations. Laboratory practicals are used to investigate the properties of construction materials and develop a deeper understanding of structural theory.

The module is assessed by in-course assignment and an examination, comprising calculations and short answer questions on the module indicative content.

Sustainable Construction

This module introduces the philosophy, theory and key concepts of sustainable development in relation to the built environment. You analyse the potential impacts of engineering design and construction on both the environment and society, and examine the implications of climate change, international protocols and the low-carbon agenda on engineering design, construction and operation. Principles of sustainable water management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are also examined and design principles of infiltration systems introduced.

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, student-led and tutor-led seminars, tutorials and group work. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. Case studies of projects where the ethos of sustainability has been embraced profoundly will be used to enhance your learning.

Assessment will comprise a technical report, which will assess your ability to appraise a civil engineering problem in the context of the sustainability agenda and provide appropriate design solutions.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analytical Techniques for Engineers

This module aims to deepen mathematical knowledge in a number of key areas and to extend your base of techniques to solve a variety of problems which arise in engineering domains. The emphasis is on developing competence in the identification of the most appropriate method to solve a given problem and its subsequent application.

Lectures will be used to introduce techniques and underlying principles. Problem-solving tutorials will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate understanding and develop competence in the application of these. You will be shown how to implement numerical methods using appropriate software tools. This will be facilitated through IT Laboratory sessions.

Assessment will be via a portfolio of solutions to tutorial questions and an end examination.

Construction Management

You will gain an understanding of construction management techniques relevant to the construction industry with regards to estimating, cost and time control, quality issues and health & safety. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction projects within project modules. Guest speakers from industry are invited to help ensure current good practice is included in the delivery of the module.

Formal lectures will be supported by student seminars/project work and online quizzes as appropriate in order to provide formative feedback. The module is assessed by one end examination.

Engineering Management and Leadership Skills

The Engineering Management and Leadership Skills module complements the acquisition and development of the skills in the group design project module.

This module develops key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. The module will help you to select and apply appropriate techniques to deliver engineering projects at the right time, cost, quality and value. An understanding of organizational structures, culture, leadership and individual performance are also developed.

Lectures will be used to deliver core material and group seminars will also be used as appropriate to promote discussion of management or technical content and review of skills development.

Assessment will be by reflective statements, used to assess leadership, management and team roles, as well as self marketing skills (CV writing, interviewing and self appraisal). Some class activities will be compulsory and so assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Geotechnology and Materials

This module further develops your understanding of earth materials and their impact on civil engineering. You will analyse soils and examine how they interact with structures and how they behave under load.

The module will also extend your knowledge of construction materials to include Bituminous materials, Glass, Plastics, Non-ferrous metals, Composites, Smart and Energy-saving materials. These materials will be discussed with respect to their engineering properties and selection criteria for the design and construction of civil engineering structures.

Lectures, involving practical demonstrations, will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs.

Assessment will be an in course assignment and an end examination.

Group Project - Conceptual Design Stage

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve an open-ended employer relevant problem on various areas of the infrastructure required by today’s society. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support problem solving in a technical engineering context.

The module further helps you to develop a holistic approach to the engineering practice and become critical of the potential impacts of the design and construction of engineering artefacts. You are expected to integrate environmental, social and economic considerations, as well as health and safety concepts, in your project proposals.

It also provides an opportunity for you to apply some of the construction management principles and techniques you learn in the Construction Management module to a typical civil engineering project.

A problem based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures / seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through two in-course assignments.

Hydraulics and Hydrology

The basic properties of water at rest and in motion are introduced and used to investigate problems related to the storage of water in bulk and to its conveyance in known quantities through pipelines, rivers and open channels. Consideration is given to the natural water cycle (hydrological cycle) and how man has interacted with it to produce the hydrosocial cycle for his own use and benefit. Rainfall is a major component of the hydrological cycle and the module gives an insight into rainfall types, rainfall losses and rainfall runoff. Water and wastewater treatment are introduced.

Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.

Structural Analysis

This module extends your understanding beyond fundamental structural mechanics and assists you in your understanding of the elastic behaviour of statically indeterminate systems. It also introduces the principles of plastic analysis and a variety of analytical techniques in relation to linear elements.

Lectures will introduce you to the core material. Tutorial sessions will be used to provide individual student support, to allow you to practice your knowledge of the topics and be provided with formative feedback. You will work individually, however some group work may be used in classroom situations. Emphasis will be placed on manual analysis techniques.

The module is assessed by an end examination applying structural analysis techniques.

Structural Design

The module introduces basic analysis and design concepts and procedures used in structural design. The module provides you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate National and European Standards in structural design. Case study examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.

Lectures will introduce you to the core material. Tutorial sessions will be used to provide individual student support, to allow you to practice your knowledge of the topics and be provided with formative feedback. You will work individually, however some group work may be used in classroom situations. Emphasis will be placed on manual analysis techniques to determine the values required for the subsequent design procedures. The designs of the structural elements will fully comply with the appropriate current standards. You will have access to extracts from the appropriate design standards.

The module is assessed by one in-course assessment and an end examination concerning the design calculations of structural elements.

 

Final-year core modules

Construction management and employment skills

This module builds upon the professional skills and construction management modules in earlier levels. You are put into situations in which you are likely to find yourself in your future career. These will include:

• Demanding technical interviews in which your subject knowledge of civil engineering and ability to "sell yourself" will be tested
• Construction related scenarios requiring difficult ethical judgements
• Tasks or problems for which you do not possess all the necessary knowledge at the start
• Decision making in Construction Management

In tackling these tasks, you enhance your knowledge and understanding of your subject and become better prepared to deal with similar situations effectively and constructively in the future.

The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, workshops and some lectures. Assessment is via a construction related problem solving exercise and a final reflective statement which will require you to identify knowledge and skills which have been developed during the module.

Geotechnical Engineering

The fundamentals of the Foundation Design process are examined, together with the various techniques used in practice. The concepts and methods are applied to a variety of foundation types. The interaction of the structural forces with the ground is considered in addition to the design of ground support and associated earthworks.

Lectures will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs. Assessment will be an end examination.

Group Project - Detailed Design Stage

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams to solve a complex, employer-relevant problem, taking into account interdisciplinary influences on the detailed civil engineering solutions to real projects. It will give you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of developing an engineering solution within the context of wider influences and constraints on real projects using case study material. It will develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through one in-course assignment.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of Engineering or Technology for an extended period. Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you will give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support will be provided through regular tutorial sessions.

You are assessed on your dissertation, project diary and presentation.

Project Planning and Visualisation

This module will provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of project planning and management. You will explore a range of planning and visualisation techniques used to identify and solve strategic and operational project planning in engineering projects. You will investigate the potential for applying innovative project planning techniques to plan and monitor engineering projects to deliver within time, cost, quality and clients satisfaction.

Lectures will introduce you to key concepts, models and theories of project planning and visualisation techniques. Tutorials will provide individual support and will involve group discussions focusing on opportunities for introducing new planning techniques in a variety of work related contexts. Practical sessions will include demonstrations of project planning and visualisation software.

The module is assessed by an in-course assessment.

Structural Engineering and Materials

The module develops the structural engineering application of analysis and design concepts and procedures in a range of materials, providing you with the knowledge required to carry out the design of structural elements and systems with degrees of complexity normal to the industrial sector. Appropriate European and/or National Standards will be used in structural design.

Building on the detailed knowledge of construction materials developed in previous modules, you will gain an appreciation of several of the more significant recent changes in the fields of metals and alloys, concrete technology and cement-based composites. Development of new and emerging materials will be explored, including responses to concerns regarding service life-times, durability and sustainability.
The module is assessed by one in-course assessment relating to design aspects and an end examination concerning materials and analysis.

Water Engineering

Water resources management is introduced through consideration of components of natural and man-made water infrastructure.

This module deals with natural watercourses and their response to rainfall events, including flooding and flood protection/mitigation methods. It considers the concepts involved in the design and operation of elements of water supply and wastewater systems, from the estimation of water demand and the evaluation of sources of raw water, to the collection and transport of foul and storm water and their eventual discharge to natural watercourses.

Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.


 

Non-credit bearing optional modules

In-sessional Academic English (for international students)

Professional Mentoring

 

You may select one or more of these modules.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You are taught by a combination of methods including conventional lectures, tutorials, case-based learning, design workshops, e-learning and seminar sessions. Additional technical visits, field courses and attendance at professional meetings supplement your learning experience. Your programme also involves a substantial research-based project.

We use lectures to convey substantial elements of the subject content, provide core themes and explanations of difficult concepts, and set the scene for your independent learning. You are encouraged to develop skills in listening and selective note taking, to appreciate how information is structured and presented. You cover the Joint Board of Moderators core civil engineering subjects throughout modules in each year:
• structures
• geotechnics
• materials
• construction management
• fluid mechanics (hydraulics)

Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment. In addition to your timetabled teaching hours you are expected to spend time studying on your own to review lecture notes, prepare assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

Field courses and site visits are important components of the programme, allowing you to experience the scale and complexity of construction and to develop practical skills. A residential field course in the first year is focused around a civil engineering project and involves using many of the skills developed in the earlier part of the year. It allows you to work in a group to solve a civil engineering problem in a staged manner. You may have to pay a £30 contribution towards the cost of your residential field course.

Group project modules are used in every year of the programme. As their titles suggest the group projects follow the feasibility, conceptual design and detail design stages of an engineering project and address one or more of the core civil engineering subjects. Delivered primarily in week blocks the group projects are intensive and engaging. They involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm), one in the first year and two separate weeks in the second and final years.
Laboratory-based sessions are used to develop your practical skills and to reinforce the knowledge taught. Throughout the programme you use the laboratories for heavy structures, geotechnics, material properties and hydraulics. Discipline-specific modules employ a range of computer-based labs to allow you to perform simulation and numerical analysis of complex models, particularly those modules covering geotechnical, structural and fluid mechanics study areas.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy tests your subject knowledge and independent thought, and provides you with information that will be useful to employers. Your programme involves a range assessments types. In-course assessment ranges from practical laboratory reports and engineering calculations, through to using 3D visualisation tools, collaborative project work, and making presentations to practising engineers from industry.

We use end exams within a number of modules in each year. And we provide an assessment schedule with assessment details and submission deadlines to help with your time management.

Professional placement

You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your second and third year of the programme. This provides the opportunity to gain relevant professional experience to enhance your technical knowledge and can improve employment prospects. Some students find employment with their placement company after graduating.

Career opportunities

Typical roles include construction project management, building/civil engineering for contractors or consultants, architectural practices, local authorities or government agencies. Our recent graduates have been employed by Arup, Birse Civils, Jacobs, WSP Group, Interserve, Atkins Global and Aker Solutions.

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