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Civil Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Civil Engineering (with Foundation Year)
BEng (Hons)

H210 BEng/CivFY

 
 

Course overview

This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you don’t have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for direct entry to year 1 of the degree. The foundation year helps you develop your knowledge in mathematics and other important subjects to enable you to proceed confidently through the remainder of the programme. This course includes an optional year in industry, at no extra cost.

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. Put simply, civil engineers build bridges, tunnels, canals, dams and flood protection measures, tall buildings and other large structures.The next few decades promise to be among the most challenging ever for the civil engineering community. Progressive urbanisation, increasing populations, ongoing economic development, climate change and the persistent risk of extreme events already present many threats to infrastructure. This programme produces industry-ready graduates. It incorporates key aspects of civil engineering such as structures, geotechnics, fluid mechanics, materials and construction management. You are taught by accessible, professional lecturers and you have an employability-focused curriculum with manageable group sizes to give you one of the best student experiences available. Teesside University is an Academic Partner of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), so you will benefit from the support and networks of the ICE, which has more than 95,000 members in 155 countries and you will have the opportunity to raise your student profile and boost your employability prospects while completing your degree. Free online maths coursePrepare for your studies with our free online Mathematics for University course. Develop your knowledge and understanding in maths so that you can start your studies in September confidently and better prepared. Places offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out moreWork experienceAlongside the optional year in industry, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities. Find out moreCertificate Name: BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

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 is 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

 
 

Course details

In the foundation year (Year 0) of this programme, you enhance your understanding of maths, science and engineering principles, enabling you to proceed confidently on to the remainder of your degree programme.

The first year acts as a platform for your future studies on the civil engineering degree. The emphasis is on acquiring basic knowledge and skills that are applied and developed throughout the programme. The first year also equips you with a range of academic and professional skills which allow you to successfully navigate the transition from a school/college background into University life.

The group work element is covered by the Group Project – Feasibility Stage where you start to develop the essential design and employability skills needed in a professional consultancy office such as problem solving, time management, presenting work and research in a technical context.

This module also 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.

The second year of the programme continues to broaden your civil engineering knowledge and skills, the material becoming increasingly more specialised and applied, for example with the inclusion of structural design, fluid mechanics and geotechnology. The professional skills element is covered by the Construction Management and Employment Skills module. The Group Project – Conceptual Design Stage 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.

The third year deepens your knowledge of technical subjects such as Structural Engineering and Materials, Geotechnical Design and Water Engineering. A significant part of Year 3 is dedicated to a group project and an individual research project. The Project module requires you to integrate the technical, research and employability skills you have already gained. The Group Project - Detailed Design Stage 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.

The foundation year of this programme is sufficiently broad in content to provide you with the flexibility to change degree subjects after you successfully complete the foundation year.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Engineering in Practice

This module supports you to use knowledge that you already possess and combine it with engineering knowledge gained through teaching and learning, experimentation, analysis and reflection. Problem-based learning and project-based learning provides core methodologies in the teaching and learning strategy. You are introduced to concepts, techniques and equipment in a guided programme of teaching that uses foundational study skills to think about new concepts, promote ideas development and introduce project management techniques. This culminates in an objective, written review of progress and development though the module and a reflective assessment of personal development.

Engineering Principles

You gain an introduction to engineering physical, thermal, fluid, electrical and mechanical systems in engineering and the scientific laws and principles that govern them. You are prepared for further studies involving these principles of engineering science.

The module is delivered in combined lecture/problem solving tutorial sessions. Laboratory practical sessions support the learning objectives. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions enhance the understanding of principles.

Engineering the Future

You are introduced to the importance of design, modelling and simulation in engineering context. You explore the design process and how it is applied in a holistic way. Design ideas are communicated using a number of techniques including sketching and formal engineering drawing, design calculations and written commentary. The technical aspects of engineering design such as manufacturing drawing, modelling, rapid prototyping are introduced.

Global Grand Challenges

This module focuses on how science can help address some of the biggest global Grand Challenges that face society. This reflects the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.

You work on a project in a group, to enabling you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on five thematic areas – health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century.

Materials Science

You gain foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials and learn engineering project-based research methods within a guided group learning context.

Flipped learning introduces you to material properties of the four basic categories of engineering materials. Tutorial sessions and group exercises highlight the factors affecting the material usage and sustainability for engineering applications. Practical sessions allow you to explore variables within material recycling methodologies.

Mathematics in Engineering

You are introduced to mathematical notation and techniques. The emphasis is on developing the skills that enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. Topics studied include algebraic manipulation and equations, trigonometry, trigonometric functions and an introduction to descriptive statistics.

The module is delivered during combined lecture/tutorial sessions. Worked examples illustrate how each mathematical technique is applied. Problem solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practice each skills or techniques.

 

Year 1 core modules

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

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.

Introduction to Geotechnics and 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.


Principles of Civil Engineering Construction

You will develop knowledge and understanding of commonly utilised construction methods and components associated with civil engineering construction activities. Teaching sessions explore construction methods and components for the foundations. You then building on this knowledge of house construction and apply it to larger substructure and superstructure civil engineer-ing 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 photo-graphs will be used to show examples of site practice. The module assessment includes undertaking a condition survey of a building and produce a technical report/drawing.

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 concepts 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 and Materials

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.

 

Year 2 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

You develop mathematical knowledge in differential equations and numerical methods and 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.

Construction Management and Employment Skills

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.

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 and Design

This module develops your ability to analyse simple structures and produce an appropriate design.

The module will provide you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard Code of Practice or European Code of Practice. Real life examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

 

Final-year core modules

Geotechnical Design

In this module the design process is 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. Seminars and assignments will be used by the students to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs. Assessment will be in the form of a design report (30%) and an examination (70%).

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.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

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.


 

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. Through lectures, you are encouraged to develop skills in listening and selective note taking, to appreciate how information is structured and presented. You cover the JBM 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.

Site visits are an important component of the programme, allowing you to experience the scale and complexity of construction and to develop practical skills.

One module in each year of your study, excluding your first year (Level 3), involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

Laboratory-based sessions develop your practical skills and reinforce the knowledge taught. Throughout the programme you use the labs for heavy structures, geotechnics, material properties and hydraulics. Discipline-specific modules employ a range of computer-based laboratories, allowing 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, providing you with information that is useful to employers. Your programme involves a range of assessment types. In-course assessment range from practical lab 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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS tariff based offers are 32-88 tariff points. Non-tariff qualifications are also considered. The level of the tariff point offer depends on the subjects that you have studied.

You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. GCSE grade 4 (or C) or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills is acceptable.

If you are unsure your qualifications are eligible for admission, please contact our admissions office for advice.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only.

Non-EU international students who require a student visa to study in the UK must meet, in addition to the academic requirements, the UKVI-compliant English language requirement. Please check our international student pages for further information.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

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.

Working as a civil engineer.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (or 5 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: H210 BEng/CivFY
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers tailored to individual circumstances

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