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JMB AccreditationFrom the delivery of energy systems and iconic structures to water storage and provision, civil engineers create the large-scale infrastructure that makes our daily lives possible. Our civil engineering degree is designed to create civil engineering graduates who can display professional judgement, skills and knowledge. 

You will leave this course equipped with the knowledge and understanding of classical core engineering principles and the ability to apply your skills creatively and responsibly to resolve real-world engineering problems. 

Our BEng Civil Engineering degree is influenced by government initiatives, the guidance of our industry partners and relevant professional bodies to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of this sector.Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of Engineering Council for the purposes of full meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial) - This degree is accredited 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.

Throughout your studies you will undertake local field study trips. You will also have the option to undertake a year’s paid work placement between your second and final year. 

100% of students agreed that they recieved sufficient advice and support (Unistats, 2016)

JMB AccreditationFrom the delivery of energy systems and iconic structures to water storage and provision, civil engineers create the large-scale infrastructure that makes our daily lives possible. Our civil engineering degree is designed to create civil engineering graduates who can display professional judgement, skills and knowledge. 

You will leave this course equipped with the knowledge and understanding of classical core engineering principles and the ability to apply your skills creatively and responsibly to resolve real-world engineering problems. 

Our BEng Civil Engineering degree is influenced by government initiatives, the guidance of our industry partners and relevant professional bodies to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of this sector.Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of Engineering Council for the purposes of full meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial) - This degree is accredited 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.

Throughout your studies you will undertake local field study trips. You will also have the option to undertake a year’s paid work placement between your second and final year. 

100% of students agreed that they recieved sufficient advice and support (Unistats, 2016)

Course Information

UCAS Code
H200

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in various aspects of the engineering industry. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning. . We boast fantastic links with external organisations and often welcome guest speakers who are experts within this field.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.  

 

Civil Engineering BEng Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course will focus on all core civil engineering subjects including structures, soils, fluid mechanics and design. You will also focus on the technological, financial, ethical, regulatory and managerial problems encountered in civil and structural engineering projects and how to overcome these.

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, individual and group work, practical surveying sessions and independent learning. You will also participate in field study and external visits, where appropriate. All learning will be supported with additional resources that will be available on our dedicated e-learning platform.

This course is assessed via a range of methods including assignments, exams, technical reports, presentations and project work. 

Staff / Meet the Team

We are an enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University boasts outstanding specialist facilities to support you throughout all aspects of your degree, enabling you to gain hands-on experience in areas such as testing, mixing materials, moulding, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Our dedicated civil engineering laboratories are equipped with industry-standard equipment and we are always working to research and secure the latest hardware and software available to ensure that you develop the skills you need.

You will also have access to other facilities such as our well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

 

Civil Engineering Facilities

The Department of Civil Engineering has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

Virtual Tour

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering is a top-35 Engineering research department, with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA15).

This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Research-rich learning is integrated into all areas of your course and many of our teaching team are research-active and contributing to projects that are currently defining the industry. You will be supported by emerging technologies and world-leading research at every stage of your degree, ensuring you graduate as an innovative and discipline-informed professional engineer.

 

Research / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Due to a shortage of civil engineers, there has never been a better time to become a civil engineer and this course will provide you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge to help you progress your future career within the industry

Undertaking a year-long placement will allow you to develop your CV and gain industry experience that you can build on once you graduate. We also provide employer visits at all stages of your course, allowing you to network and develop your own industry contacts.

Employability skills are embedded in the BEng Civil Engineering course from the start and the knowledge areas, tools, techniques and methods you will use throughout your degree will ensure you leave with the skills required to work within civil engineering or a related industry. 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

High performing students will be able to transfer to the MEng Civil Engineering course, our integrated masters course that will put you on the pathway to chartered status. Graduate prospects are very strong due to the international shortage of civil engineers. This demand for talent is expected to rise further, as economies across the globe recover, giving civil engineering students a great opportunity to build a rewarding and prosperous career.

Book an Open Day / Experience Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Civil Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will study core modules in Engineering Analytics, Mechanics & Structures, Technical & Graphical Communication and Academic Skills, Materials, Land Surveying, and Engineering Design an Introduction to Fluids.

Year 2

Year two You will begin to specialise with modules in: Structural Analysis; Structural Design; Further Mathematics; Hydraulics & Hydrology; Engineering Geology & Geotechnics; and Construction Project Management & Digital Engineering [BIM].

Year 3

Year three You will have the option to go out on an industrial placement to put the skills you have learned in the previous modules into professional practice.

Year 4

Year four You will study modules in Geotechnical Engineering; Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering [BIM]; Structural Analysis and Building Physics; and Environmental Engineering. You will undertake a major Research Project in a topic of your choice.

Who would this Course suit?

If you enjoy mathematics and science and want to study a prestigious degree that will provide you with a clear career path on graduation BEng (Hons)Civil Engineering could be the course for you.   

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including GCE A level Mathematics.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Engineering

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB including Mathematics

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Mathematics

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma in Engineering including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification Combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usu

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

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    Applicants   from the EU:
        Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you   are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for   advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/  
       
        International Qualifications:
        If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your   qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the   country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit   www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
       
        English Language Requirements:
        International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS   (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved   equivalent*).
       
        *The university accepts a large number of UK and International   Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests   and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit   www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

At the time of advertising we do not anticipate any additional costs that you will be asked to pay since our excellent library has great resources and many of them available electronically. However, occasionally great opportunities do arise for exceptional educational experiences that the University may not be able to finance entirely. Not participating will not adversely affect your course performance but if you want to participate in then you may need to contribute towards the cost, typically up to £200.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB4021 -

Technical & Graphical Communication (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the principles and considerations of structural design and the communication of design work. You will be encouraged to develop your hand sketching in recognition that this is an important skill required to communicate early design ideas as well as to aid self-reflection and design development. You will learn how to use AutoCAD to communicate your design ideas. Your technical drawing skills will be developed and you will gain experience of producing Civil Engineering drawings. You will gain knowledge and skills through generic design considerations to engender a holistic appreciation of the design process prior to addressing calculation work for simple structural elements in timber and masonry.

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KB4022 -

Design and Materials (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the issues which will underpin your learning and practice as a construction engineer. Specifically you will learn about the following areas:

Mechanics of materials:

Material qualities

Material properties at a micro level,

Material properties at a macro level
Through laboratory and other class work you will consider and test a range of the commonest used materials in the industry such as:

• Classification of rocks and soils
• Rock identification and erosion
• Soil formation – weathering and deposition
• Properties and classification of soils – particle size distribution, moisture content, and consistency limits
• Steel
• Concrete
• Timber

In addition you will examine alternative material use to achieve enhanced sustainability including the use of re-cycled materials and you will develop skills in designing concrete structural members through your understanding of material properties and capacities.

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KB4023 -

Land Surveying (Core, 20 Credits)

Surveying refers to the determination, representation and analysis of the positions of key features in both the natural and built environment. It is a fundamental skill, based on accuracy and precision, that underpins all engineering and construction projects. You will learn this through our introduction to the principles of surveying. In lectures we will explain the theory and concepts of surveying, and help you to develop practical and mathematical surveying skills. We will help you to understand how engineering surveying can contribute to the successful design and completion of engineering projects through discussion in class. Your surveying skills will be developed through practical work. You will start by using automatic levels, learning about booking procedures, error check and calculations. You will then progress by using total stations, collecting angular surveys for key engineering applications and checking, assessing and correcting your work to optimise the survey quality. Finally, we will introduce you to a range of cutting edge, high precision surveying instrumentation such as terrestrial laser scanners and differential GPS. We will take you from data collection, through processing and analysis to interpretation of results.

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KB4024 -

Introduction to Mechanics & Structures (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the basic fundamentals of mechanics and structures which are essential for your developing career in construction engineering.
You will specifically learn about:
Force as a vector quantity. Components of a force. Resultant of concurrent force system. Moment of a force. Couples. Resultant of a coplanar force system.

Analysis of Plane Statics, Conditions for equilibrium. Stability and determinacy Principles of isolation - free body diagrams. Two and three force problems, frames and trusses, methods of joints and sections. 2 and 3 pinned arches. Concentrated, triangular and uniformly distributed loads. Combined loads and couples

Internal Forces in Structural Members: 1) Normal and shear force 2) Bending moment 3) Torsion; shear force and bending moment relationship, Bending moment and shearing force diagrams for beams

Principles of Stress and Strain, Direct stress: load, deflection, stress and strain. Tensile testing and material properties. Young’s modulus and Poisson’s Ratio. Factor of safety. Shear stress: complementary shear. Modulus of rigidity.

Applications in One-Dimension, Direct stress in compound bar and temperature effects.

Geometric Properties of Symmetric Sections, Determination of centroid, second moment of area and polar second moment of area.

Bending of Beams, Pure bending, Bending stresses in hollow tubes and symmetric I-beams. Combined direct and bending stresses.

Torsion in Beam, Torque equation, Torque. Stresses in hollow tubes. Thin walled open sections.

Energy methods in Structural anaylis. Castigliano theorem, Principle of Virtual Work, Maxwell and Betti theorems.

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KB4027 -

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Soil Mechanics (Core, 20 Credits)

In fluid mechanics you will learn about the fundamentals of fluid behaviour, density, pressure, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flow, hydrostatics, floating structures, the interaction of fluids with solid bodies and fluid flow in pipes. In soil mechanics you will learn about the composition of soils, their strength, stress-strain behaviour and modes of failure and the compression and consolidation of soils under short and long term loading. You will also learn about liquid flows through soils and its link to soil strength and behaviour.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KC4018 -

Engineering Analytics (Core, 20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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KB5020 -

Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (Core, 20 Credits)

This module provides an introduction to the Earth’s materials, their formation, development and behaviour and explores how they impact on considerations for site investigation and assessment. You will learn about geological processes, structures and mapping, the formation, classification and erosion of rock and soils, liquid flows through soils and the link to critical conditions and the effects of compression and consolidation of soil in order that you can gain effective knowledge of how to work and interact with these materials. You will also be introduced to the strength behaviour and failure of these materials and be introduced to the key aspects of site investigation, building on this geotechnical understanding.

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KB5021 -

Structural Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the important theories, principles and procedures that form the basis of structural analysis. You will be able to develop analytical skills and an appreciation of how this knowledge might be applied in practice to analyse simple and complex structures. You will focus on types of structure and supports and analysis of stress and strain due to load temperature changes. You will also address the influence lines for determinate structures, analytical principles of indeterminate structures and buckling instability of short and slender columns. Finally basic principles of ultimate load analysis will be introduced.

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KB5022 -

Construction Project Management & Digital Engineering 1 [BIM] (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Topics include:

• The planning for and management of construction engineering project level organisations and resources including materials, plant, direct labour, subcontractors and the supply chain.
• The use of construction engineering production information, the management of design during the construction process, and the role that digital engineering solutions, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process.
• Construction engineering project planning processes, including the use of critical path networks and bar charts, the selection and use of appropriate planning techniques, the application of planning software, and issues that arise from methodology selection, sequencing and the communication of such decisions.
• Production of construction engineering solutions for specific project challenges.

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KB5024 -

Structural Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This module develops your understanding and knowledge of reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures; and your ability to design these structures to the Eurocodes. It provides you with the knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate National and European Standards and introduces the concept of global stability. ‘Real world’ case study examples will support your development of the skills and understanding required to produce safe, effective, economic and sustainable designs conforming to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 for structural designs.

The module content includes:


Design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns to Eurocode 2
Preparation of reinforced concrete drawings including details.
Design of steel beams, columns, frames and connections to Eurocode 3
Design of timber posts, beams and connections to Eurocode 5
Use of computer methods to design structures.
Check and validation of the results from computers.

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KB5025 -

Hydraulics and Hydrology (Core, 20 Credits)

In the first semester you will study the hydraulics of open channel flow, pipelines and pumps. The second semester focuses on engineering hydrology, and you will study water supply and catchment hydrology.

The module content will be based around:

Open Channel Flow

Pipeline and Pumping Stations

Water Supply and Catchment Hydrology

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KB5030 -

Preparing for Placement (Core, 0 Credits)

You will learn to apply for a 12 month placement in a construction engineering company. You will do this through developing and improving your skills in the following areas:

1. Communication
2. CVs
3. Interviews
4. H&S within the workplace
5. Professional conduct
6. Teams
7. Constructing a Learning Plan
8. Evidencing your learning
9. Reflection in the workplace
10. Networking

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KL5002 -

Further Mathematics (Core, 20 Credits)

The module is designed to further develop your expertise in engineering mathematics focusing on algebraic methods of solving engineering computational problems. On this module you will learn about linear vector spaces and matrix algebra together with the formulation and solution of algebraic eigenvalue problems, involving ordinary and partial differential equations from the perspective of an engineer. You will focus on fundamentals of matrix theory that underlie powerful practical numerical algorithms of solving systems of linear equations and boundary value problems. As you explore the mathematical techniques you will discover how each is used to in application to Civil Engineering problems including structural analysis, vibration and stability of structures, structural optimization, material science, and mechanical metamaterials.

Outline syllabus:

1. Vector spaces
2. Matrices
3. Determinant and rank
4. Linear systems of equations
5. Algebraic eigenvalue problem
6. Galerkin, Ritz, and Finite Element Method

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB6012 -

Environmental Engineering (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you explore the growing global need to protect air, land and water resources from degradation through engineering interventions. A broad subject is distilled down to key topics in the field of environmental engineering including:

environmental sustainability;
public health and wellbeing;
law and policy and how it decides where interventions are demanded;
water supply engineering;
wastewater management;
solid waste management;
contaminated land management and remediation;
air quality management.

Through this exploration, you will grow to appreciate the relationships between environmental management, sustainability, and ultimately public health.

On completion of the module, you have an understanding of how environmental engineering theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects in the civil engineering industry and more widely.

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KB6022 -

Geotechnical Engineering (Core, 20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to build upon your learning in the second year module KB5020 ‘Engineering Geology and Geotechnics,’ applying it to geotechnical engineering design problems. You will cover the stability of earth slopes, lateral earth pressure and retaining structures, shallow and deep foundations, settlement of foundations, soil stabilization techniques, use of standards and codes of practice and the derivation of design parameters from site investigations.

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KB6023 -

Structural Analysis and Building Physics (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about finite element analysis, its extended application to the consideration of dynamic problems and behaviour of dynamic structural systems. Besides, it also covers a strategic and analytical insight into building physics that may then be used to inform the design and construction of successful low energy/low carbon buildings. You will focus on vibration of single degree of freedom systems under harmonic, periodic and general excitation. Finite element methods will also be introduced and commercial software demonstrated. You will learn about how to assess the embodied and operational energy/carbon content of civil engineering projects. Finally, you are encouraged to evaluate the integration of conceptual frameworks relating to energy and carbon within the design process.

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KB6031 -

Integrated Group Design Project (Core, 20 Credits)

Your learning on this module will start from a client brief for a project, which will be based on a real project undertaken recently. The brief will be communicated in a realistic manner through correspondence and role-play client meetings.

In groups, you will explore the meaning of the brief and the business relationship with the client, develop a design team and key objectives and milestones and then work on options for the technical solution of the problem, considering factors such as cost, required construction technology and techniques, sustainability issues, health, safety and design risk management and the requirements for the business success of the different parties involved.

At all stages in the module you will engage in reflective consideration of your learning which will be inspired by other design and construction examples taken from industry.

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KB6032 -

Civil Engineering Research Project (Core, 40 Credits)

You will learn to establish the scope, aims and objectives of a research topic, developing a clear problem statement and identifying specific research questions to be answered. You will learn to critically review published literature relating to the topic, including how to distinguish between different types of literature such as peer-reviewed or ‘grey’ literature. You will learn how to select research methods appropriate to answer your research questions and how to design a programme of research to achieve your project aims with the resources at your disposal. You will then gain knowledge and experience in applying specific research methods, for example laboratory practice or specific applications software for computer modelling. You will learn how to critically evaluate research results and how to draw specific conclusions against objectives set out at the start of the project. You will then learn how to structure and write an appropriate technical report detailing your findings and how to consider various options for disseminating your findings to a wider audience, for example posters, conference papers, journal articles and client reports. Underlying all this you will learn to identify and manage health and safety risks, risks to the successful completion of the project and any ethical issues associated with your project.

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