KB3009 - Introduction to Civil Engineering and Construction

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What will I learn on this module?

The module covers a range of relevant topics at outline level. You will learn the different organizations involved in construction and their roles, and career paths for Civil Engineers and Construction Managers. You will learn about different types of construction project, for example buildings, bridges, transport systems, water systems, and geotechnical structures such as embankments and cuttings. You will learn about the commercial aspects of designing and constructing them, the supply chain involved and Sustainable Development in Construction. You will cover health and safety in a construction context. You will consider the materials that structures are made from, the loads they resist and the technology and methods used to construct them. This will include environmental loading such as wind and flood, and consideration of climate change effects. You will learn some simple calculations relevant to Civil Engineering, for example those covering bending moments, shear forces, water flow and foundation bearing as well as some simple cost calculations.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and self-guided tours/site visits. Lectures convey the bulk of the information and theoretical principles. Seminar sessions will be of a problem-solving nature to enable you to apply the theory gained from the lectures into practical calculation examples. This will be done in groups. We will also provide guided learning through tutorial problem sheets to further your understanding and confidence. You will be directed to sources in the library and use textbooks to reinforce class work, revising and re-visiting questions and worked examples carried out in class.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive support and feedback from tutors during seminars and lectures. In addition, tutors will use the University’s eLearning Portal to provide electronic versions of all module material. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. The module taught content is available 24 hours, 7 days along with links to the reading list support, tutorial questions and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. You will be additional supported in this module in the form of Individual contact with staff members. Students may visit the office of Lecturers to ask questions related to the module by appointment outside the scheduled contact time. You will also be regularly directed to supporting resources including relevant texts, student software downloads and relevant multimedia materials, accessible via eLP/blackboard. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1
Describe the Construction Industry, key organizations involved with it and the various career paths it offers

MLO2
Characterise different types of construction projects and the activities involved in them

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3
Sketch and quantify the loading on common types of structure and identify the technology used to construct them

MLO4
Carry out simple calculations, e.g. for loads on common structural elements or for construction costs

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5
Outline basic health and safety considerations in the context of the construction industry

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You will be formatively assessed using in-class assessment. Seminar questions will be set by the module tutor. They will enable you to build confidence or highlight areas of your misunderstanding of concepts. Your formative feedback will be given to you orally by the module tutor leading the session. There will also be opportunities to discuss in the class the seminar questions and solutions to help you learn and be prepared for the summative assessments.


Summative Assessment
You will be summatively assessed by Coursework and Examination.

1. Coursework. You will complete and submit a single piece of individual coursework set by the module tutor. Your coursework will be used to assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 2 and 5. You will receive individual feedback with marks and comments for each task and sub-task that you complete.
2. Examination. You will sit a closed book examination that will only have compulsory questions. The examination will assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 1, 3, and 4. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on the questions you have answered.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module introduces students to a brief overview of Civil Engineering and Construction, aimed at those considering studying these subjects at honours degree level and pursuing careers in the Construction Industry. It will introduce the industry, looking at its composition, the organizations involved, career paths and routes to professional qualification, and will cover, at basic level, important theoretical principles and practical aspects that are developed in depth during the follow-on honours degree programmes. Assessment will be by examination and coursework.

What will I learn on this module?

The module covers a range of relevant topics at outline level. You will learn the different organizations involved in construction and their roles, and career paths for Civil Engineers and Construction Managers. You will learn about different types of construction project, for example buildings, bridges, transport systems, water systems, and geotechnical structures such as embankments and cuttings. You will learn about the commercial aspects of designing and constructing them, the supply chain involved and Sustainable Development in Construction. You will cover health and safety in a construction context. You will consider the materials that structures are made from, the loads they resist and the technology and methods used to construct them. This will include environmental loading such as wind and flood, and consideration of climate change effects. You will learn some simple calculations relevant to Civil Engineering, for example those covering bending moments, shear forces, water flow and foundation bearing as well as some simple cost calculations.

Course info

UCAS Code H3M2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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