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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Academic Year: 2014/15

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 BEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) with DIS
Programme title Civil Engineering
Programme code CVUB01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, which occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code H200, H201
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:16:28 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a high quality educational experience that develops students’ skills and aspirations, including opportunities for sponsorship and training from a leading construction company, in preparation for a career in the construction industry, and make a valuable contribution to society;
  • To provide a broad and well-balanced degree programme that develops students’ knowledge, understanding and practical  skills over the full range of core subject areas equipping them for employment across all fields of the civil engineering industry, as well as other related fields;
  • To provide an accredited programme of study with a strong emphasis on industrial relevance that fully satisfies the educational base to become an Incorporated Engineer; with the opportunity on merit to transfer to the MEng and fully satisfy the educational base to become a Chartered Engineer;
  • To enable students to realise their potential and 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. mathematics, science and engineering principles in the field of structures, geotechnics, water engineering and surveying
  2. properties, behaviour, fabrication and use of relevant materials
  3. construction technology and civil engineering practice
  4. construction management and contract procedure
  5. the role of codes of practice and regularity framework in design and practice
  6. principles of design techniques specific to civil engineering
  7. principles of relevant information technology
  8. the role of the professional engineer in society, including health, safety and sustainability issues.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  1. demonstrate competence in identifying, defining and solving engineering problems
  2. apply appropriate mathematical and computer-based methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems
  3. apply appropriate knowledge of techniques and codes of practice to the design of components and systems
  4. demonstrate proficiency in the evaluation and integration of information and processes in project work
  5. display the skills necessary to define, conduct and report on an original research project
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 from the laboratory and field
  3. use computational tools and packages
  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 students only)
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  1. communicate effectively using written, oral and graphical skills
  2. use IT effectively (WP, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, email, WWW and specialist software)
  3. use mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer
  4. work independently
  5. work in a team environment
  6. manage workloads and time effectively
  7. work with limited or contradictory information
  8. monitor, plan and reflect upon skills and training for career development (DIS students 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

Manual Graphics, 2D CAD and 3D BIM for Civil Engineering

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

 (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVC001

Structural Analysis & Mechanics 4

10

CVC004

Water Engineering

10

CVC005

Design Project (20)

10

CVC006

Research Project (30)

10

CVC007

Geotechnics 3

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from: 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MAC102

Further Engineering Mathematics

10

CVC015

Civil Engineering Technology

10

CVC016

Sustainable Flood Management

10

CVC023

Civil Engineering for Developing Countries

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. 

 

4.3.2 Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVC005

Design Project (20)

10

CVC006

Research Project (30)

20

CVC019

Project Management

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

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

CVC045

Collaborative Building Information Modelling Design Project

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 either Semester 1 or 2.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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

Students registered before September 2009 should meet the following programme requirements:       

In order to progress from Parts A or B, or to qualify for the award of an Honours Degree in Part C, candidates must obtain at least 40% in modules worth 100 credits in each Part and at least 30% in other modules in each Part.  

Students registered from September 2009 onwards should meet the following programme requirements:

In order to progress from Part A or Part B, or to qualify for the award of an Honours Degree in Part C, candidates must obtain 120 credits in each Part.

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

5.3 Candidates in Part B who wish to transfer to the MEng programme in Civil Engineering must normally satisfy the progression requirements of that programme in both Part A and Part B to be eligible.

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. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40 : Part C 60  to determine the final percentage mark.

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