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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Civil and Building Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

The Joint Board of Moderators, on behalf of Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

Final award MEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) with DIS
Programme title Civil Engineering
Programme code CVUM01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters, or 10 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). The DIS normally occurs between Parts B and C or, exceptionally (and with agreement of the department), between Parts C and D with effect from the 2011-12 academic year.
UCAS code H203, H202
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/civil-building/civilengineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:16:49 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide a high quality educational experience for high achievers that develops and sustains students’ knowledge and skills to a depth and breadth expected of Masters level graduates, in preparation for a career in the construction industry as a Chartered Engineer and make a valuable contribution to society;
  • to provide an extended programme of study with a strong emphasis on industrial relevance, and with opportunity of sponsorship from a leading construction company;
  • to produce civil engineering graduates with strong teamwork and leadership skills, who are  equipped to play a leading role in industry, with potential to take responsibility for innovation and change;
  • to develop students’ analytical, management and key transferrable skills to a depth and breadth expected of Masters level graduates that will enable them to gain high quality employment in a wide variety of professions;
  • to develop a strong  capacity for independent learning and self-reliance to help students successfully achieve their own personal goals.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The modular BEng programmes were first introduced in 1995. The aims, intended learning outcomes and curriculum are continually reviewed and currently take account of UK-SPEC, the JBM Accreditation Guidelines, the QAA Engineering Benchmark statements for Engineering, and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, as well as input from our industrial contacts.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Relevant mathematics, science and engineering principles in the field of structures, geotechnics, water engineering and surveying
  2. The properties, behaviour, fabrication and use of relevant materials
  3. Construction technology and civil engineering practice
  4. The management of projects through planning, finance, contract procedures and quality systems
  5. Principles of design specific to civil engineering
  6. The role of codes of practice and the regulatory framework in design and practice
  7. The principles, importance and management of relevant information technology
  8. The role of the professional engineer in society, including health, safety and sustainability issues
  9. Team roles, team-working skills and leadership skills
  10. Relevant research methods
  11. Civil engineering education, design and practice in a European context (Erasmus option in Part D).

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a high level of competence in identifying, defining and solving engineering problems
  2. Select and apply appropriate mathematical and computing methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems.
  3. Apply appropriate analytical techniques and codes of practice to the design of components and systems
  4. Evaluate and integrate information and processes through individual and group project work
  5. Define, plan, conduct and report on an original research project
  6. Identify and apply appropriate project management techniques
  7. Evaluate alternative techniques and strategies for managing people at work
  8. Analyse and interpret financial information
  9. Apply engineering principles, theories and methods in a professional environment through a twelve month period of work experience (DIS programme only).
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Use laboratory and field equipment competently and safely
  2. Observe, record, process and analyse data in the laboratory and in the field
  3. Use appropriate specialist computer software
  4. Prepare technical reports and give technical presentations
  5. Prepare technical drawings both manually and using CAD
  6. Apply knowledge and skills in a professional environment through a twelve month period of work experience (DIS programmes only).
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using written, oral, graphical and presentational skills
  2. Use IT effectively (WP, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, CAD, email, WWW and specialist software)
  3. Use mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer
  4. Work independently
  5. Work in a team environment and manage a small team
  6. Manage workloads and time effectively
  7. Work with limited or contradictory information
  8. Monitor, plan and reflect upon personal development and career development
  9. Communicate effectively at a professional level in a second European language (Erasmus option only).

4. Programme structure

Modules with their weights in parentheses are taught in semesters one and two and assessed at the end of semester two.

 

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules

4.1.1 Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular
Weight

CVA001

Communication

10

CVA002

Fluid Mechanics

10

CVA005

Structural Analysis and Mechanics 1& 2  (20)

10

CVA010

Engineering Materials (20)

10

CVA014

Construction Technology & Management 1

10

MAA102

Mathematics 1

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

4.1.2 Semester 2

(i)COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVA005

Structural Analysis and Mechanics 1 & 2  (20)

10

CVA007

Sustainable Engineering Design

10

CVA009

Surveying 1

10

CVA010

Engineering Materials (20)

10

CVA027

Graphical Communication

10

MAA202

Mathematics 2

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

4.2 Part B - Degree Modules

4.2.1 Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVB001

Structural Design (20)

10

CVB002

Geotechnics 1 & 2 (20)

10

CVB003

Hydraulics

10

CVB006

Construction Contract Procedure

10

CVB008

Structural Analysis & Mechanics 3

10

CVB033

Health & Safety

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

4.2.2 Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVB001

Structural Design (20)

10

CVB002

Geotechnics 1 & 2 (20)

10

CVB004

Surveying 2

10

CVB005

Construction Management

10

CVB010

Field Courses

10

MAB202

Mathematics 3

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

4.3 Part C - Degree Modules

4.3.1 Semester 1

1. For students who have not taken CVB033 in 2011-12 or before:

 (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVB033

Health & Safety

10

CVC001

Structural Analysis & Mechanics 4

10

CVC004

Water Engineering

10

CVC007

Geotechnics 3

10

CVD003

Teamwork Design Project (30)

10

CVD017

Teamwork & Leadership

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

2. For students who have taken CVB033 previously: 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MAC102

Further Engineering Mathematics

10

CVC001

Structural Analysis & Mechanics 4

10

CVC004

Water Engineering

10

CVC007

Geotechnics 3

10

CVD003

Teamwork Design Project (30)

10

CVD017

Teamwork & Leadership

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

 Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVC008

Construction Information Technology

10

CVC019

Project Management

10

CVD003

Teamwork Design Project (30)

20

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

One module from Group 1 plus one module from Group 2.

Group 1:

CVC013

Applied Structural Analysis

10

CVC014

Ground Engineering

10

CVC021

Environmental Engineering

10

CVC025

Emergency Water Supply  & Sanitation Engineering

10

or a language module at the appropriate level which will be treated as a degree level module, and is subject to approval by the Year Tutor.

Students will not normally be permitted to take a language module at levels 1 or 2 in Part C.

Group 2:

CVC010

Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment

10

CVC011

Water Treatment Process Engineering

10

CVC012

Finite Element Structural Analysis

10

CVC033

Maintenance, Repair & Refurbishment

10

or a language module at the appropriate level which will be treated as a degree level module, and is subject to approval by the Year Tutor.

Students will not normally be permitted to take a language module at levels 1 or 2 in Part C.

NOTE:-
Students will only be permitted to take one language module in Semester 2.

 

4.4 Part D - Degree Modules

4.4.1 Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVD002

Research Project (40)

20

CVD004

Design Process & Management 

10

CVD010

Environmental Modelling

10

CVD011

Advanced Geotechnical Modelling

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from

CVC023

Civil Engineering for Developing Countries

10

CVC051

Civil & Building Engineering Contracts

10

CVC072

Transport Demand Management

10

CVD009

Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing

10

CVD950

Enterprise Technology

10

Or, for those students taking CVD001, or CVD005 and CVD006 in Semester 2, a language module at the appropriate level which will be treated as a degree level module, and is subject to approval by the Year Tutor. These students will not normally be permitted to take a language module at levels 1 or 2 in Part D.

 

4.4.2 Semester 2

EITHER

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVD002

Research Project (40)

20

CVD014

Sustainable Development Project

10

CVD019

Infrastructure Engineering

10

CVD020

Structural Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from

CVD007

People & Teams

10

CVD018

Management Finance

10

CVC044

Management Information Systems

10

OR

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVD002

Research Project (40)

20

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVD005

European Project 1

20

CVD006

European Research Project 2

20

or

 

 

CVD001

Erasmus Exchange

40

or

 

 

CVD015

International Exchange (including UNITECH)

40

 Note: UNITECH is an industrially sponsored exchange scheme within Europe.

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, from C to D and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but must also obtain: 

(i) In order to progress from Part A or Part B candidates must obtain 120 credits in each Part, and must normally obtain a minimum overall average mark of 60% in each Part.

(ii) Candidates cannot progress from Part B to the DIS year until Part B progression requirements have been met.

(iii) In order to progress from Part C or to qualify for the award of an Extended Honours Degree in Part D, candidates must obtain 120 credits in each Part.

Any candidate who fails to progress from Parts A or B may transfer to the appropriate Part of the BEng programme in Civil Engineering, before or after re-assessment, provided that the candidate has satisfied the progression requirements for that programme.

Any candidate who fails to progress from Part C may, at the discretion of the Examiners and subject to completion of an individual Research Project or equivalent, be awarded a BEng in Civil Engineering with a classification based on the candidates performance in relevant Part B and C modules, using modules and weightings appropriate to the BEng Programme.

Any candidate who fails to qualify for the award of the Extended Honours Degree in Part D may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a BEng in Civil Engineering with a classification based on the candidate’s performance in Parts B and C together with the individual research project (CVD002), using modular weightings appropriate to the BEng programme.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C and D. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 20: Part C 35:  Part D 45 to determine the final percentage mark.

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