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From 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 integrated masters degree is designed to create civil engineering graduates who can display professional judgement and in depth 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. Graduates will be able to work towards chartered Engineer status. 

MEng Accredited CEng (Full) 

Our MEng 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. This degree is designed to meet the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (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 fourth year. 

Why choose Northumbria to study Civil Engineering MEng (Hons)?

  • Student Rated: 100% of students studying Civil Engineering at Northumbria were satisifed with the teaching and assessment on their course (Guardian University League Table, 2024)

  • First Class: Civil Engineering at Northumbria is ranked 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality & Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2024).
  • Research Powerhouse: Engineering is ranked 25th for research power in the UK out of 89 submissions (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 8 places compared to 2014.
  • Teaching Quality: 100% of students studying MEng Civil Engineering at Northumbria positively ranked the teaching, learning opportunities, and academic support on their course (NSS, 2024).

 

JMB Accreditation

From 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 integrated masters degree is designed to create civil engineering graduates who can display professional judgement and in depth 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. Graduates will be able to work towards chartered Engineer status. 

MEng Accredited CEng (Full) 

Our MEng 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. This degree is designed to meet the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (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 fourth year. 

Why choose Northumbria to study Civil Engineering MEng (Hons)?

  • Student Rated: 100% of students studying Civil Engineering at Northumbria were satisifed with the teaching and assessment on their course (Guardian University League Table, 2024)

  • First Class: Civil Engineering at Northumbria is ranked 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality & Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2024).
  • Research Powerhouse: Engineering is ranked 25th for research power in the UK out of 89 submissions (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 8 places compared to 2014.
  • Teaching Quality: 100% of students studying MEng Civil Engineering at Northumbria positively ranked the teaching, learning opportunities, and academic support on their course (NSS, 2024).

 

JMB Accreditation

Course Information

UCAS Code
H201

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years Full Time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

Fees
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Modules
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Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

112 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

112 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £19,750

International Fee in Year 1: £19,750


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

Occasionally field trips are arranged. Not participating will not adversely affect your course performance but if you do want to participate, you may need to contribute up to £200.

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* Government has yet to announce 25/26 tuition fee levels. As a guide, 24/25 fees were £9,250 per year. 



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

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Modules

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

KB4022 -

Design and Materials (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the issues which will underpin your learning and practice as a civil/construction engineer. You will learn about the mechanics of materials, material qualities, material properties at a micro level and at a macro level.Through practical and other class work you will consider and explore a range of the most commonly used materials in the industry. Materials studied will include rocks and soils, steel, concrete and timber. In addition, you will examine alternative material use to achieve enhanced sustainability, including the use of recycled materials, and you will develop skills in designing concrete structural members through your understanding of material properties and capacities.

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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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Introduction to Mechanics & Structures (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the basic fundamentals of mechanics and structures, which are essential for your developing a career in civil/construction engineering.

You will learn about a range of relevant topics including the consideration of forces and solving problems related to forces within systems. You will learn about principles of stress and strain and consider related factors when solving problems of this nature. You will learn about some of the techniques used to consider the impact of loads on various beans and sections. There will also be an opportunity to learn about associated theories linking to energy methods of structural analysis.

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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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Introduction to Structural Design (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 CAD software 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 steel, concrete, timber, or masonry.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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Construction Project Management with BIM 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Themes can include: the planning for, and management of, construction project-level organisations and resources; the use of construction production information, the management of design during the construction process, the role that Digital Construction solutions including Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process; construction project planning processes; and the production of construction solutions for specific project challenges.

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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 and structures and the formation, classification and erosion of rock and soils and the interpretation of geological maps. You will learn about the planning and implementation of site investigations, the interpretation of borehole data and various field testing techniques as used on construction sites. You will learn about the structure, content and use of relevant codes and standards. You will learn about soil improvement on construction sites, suitable fill materials for different construction activities and about the different types of temporary and permanent geotechnical structures commonly encountered and the concept of bearing capacity and simple sizing calculations and construction techniques for common types of foundations.

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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, the basic principles of ultimate load analysis will be introduced.

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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. In this module, you will learn about topics such as the design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns, and the preparation of reinforced concrete drawings. You will also learn about the
design of steel beams, columns, frames and connections, and the design of timber posts, beams and connections. You will make use of computer methods to design structures and learn to check and validate results from computer models.

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Hydraulics and Hydrology (Core,20 Credits)

You will study the hydraulics of open channel flow, pipelines and pumps, as well as focusing on engineering hydrology, where you will study 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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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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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 the use of matrix algebra to solve large systems of equations, 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 the fundamentals of matrix theory that underlie powerful practical numerical algorithms for solving systems of linear equations and boundary value problems. As you explore the mathematical techniques, you will discover how each is used in applications of civil engineering problems, including structural analysis, vibration and stability of structures, structural optimization, material science, and mechanical metamaterials. This module will enable you to fully understand the tools behind finite element analysis, an important method in engineering.

Outline syllabus (the syllabus includes all or part of the following topics):

1. Vectors and matrices
2. Determinant and rank
3. Linear systems of equations
4. Algebraic eigenvalue problem
5. Galerkin, Ritz, and Finite Element Method
6. Elements of scientific programming

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

You will learn lifelong technical and communication skills in a commercial work environment enabling you to practice your engineering skills in a nurturing and supportive environment. None technical skills such as team working, clear and precise communication, responsibility and creative thinking will be developed alongside technical and commercial knowledge of your chosen field to generate creative, sustainable solutions.

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 value attributes, relevant to your programme of study. 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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Study abroad year (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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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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Environmental Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you explore the role of engineering interventions to address the current Climate Emergency, to protect air, land and water from degradation and to design resilient solutions to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. A broad subject is distilled down to key topics in the field of environmental engineering, such as: environmental impact assessment; environmental risk assessment; water supply engineering; wastewater management; and solid waste management. Through this exploration, you will grow to appreciate the relationships between environmental management and sustainability. 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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Geotechnical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to build upon your learning from previous modules and apply 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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KB6031 -

Integrated Group Design Project (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning on this module will start from a client brief for a project. The brief for the project will be based upon a real project and 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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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 acquire an understanding of research ethics, being required to complete an online university ethics submission in line with university policy prior to commencing your research project. 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 output 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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Structural Analysis and Modelling (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about structural testing methods and how to validate the results of finite element applications software for structural analysis and design. You also will learn theory of finite element method, its extended application to the consideration of dynamic problems and behaviour of dynamic structural systems. This module provides a solid foundation in structural testing, computer modelling and the finite element method in particular.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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Infrastructure Engineering Design (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn river engineering, urban hydrology and urban drainage, coastal engineering, and sediment transport. In each case you will learn advanced analysis techniques using computer software as well as more basic analysis based on hand-calculations. In each case you will build upon the knowledge gained in different subjects earlier in your education and learn how to apply it to wide-ranging design/maintenance/upgrading problems.

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Highway and Railway Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

The module content includes key elements appropriate to Highways and Railway engineering, including topics such as:
• Route selection
• Design of horizontal and vertical alignment
• Flexible and rigid pavements design and specification
• Railway permanent way components and design
• Railway switch and crossing design
• Highway and railway drainage and earthworks
• Sustainable transport options
• Maintenance techniques and temporary works

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Structural Integrity and Historical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will examine common forms of existing structures such as various types of bridges, and to consider how you can apply your existing Civil Engineering skills and knowledge learned in earlier study to gain a quantitative understanding of their original and current loading, and current condition. You will consider different structural components and materials and how they might degrade over time and how this affects their performance. You will also study some non-destructive testing techniques for examining engineering assets, for example Ground Penetrating Radar.

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KB7015 -

Geotechnical Instabilities (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will explore the challenges of collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting data on existing, complex geotechnical threats to assets. The module themes include setting the context for and implications of geotechnical instabilities; concepts of failure processes; classifications; surface and sub-surface characterization schemes; appropriate and costed monitoring interventions; and numerical modelling techniques. You will learn about how to monitor and quantify changes affecting geotechnical structures including rock and soil problems and the parameters influencing failure; how to model critical conditions; and assess the effectiveness of management solutions. In this module you will also learn about recent research-led innovations that have provided new data on geotechnical environments and study practitioner-based case studies through seminars. Finally, you will learn how to develop focused and informed data collection of a challenging site, analysing and then interpreting your own investigation into geotechnical instability, specialising in aspects which interest you most, presenting your findings and producing a a professional recommendation report.

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KB7016 -

Interdisciplinary Group Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within a realistic design project. You will work in a small team to present a plan for a civil engineering development for which you will then progress from feasibility through to final design. This module aims to offer a simulation of the experience of design work amid multi-disciplinary working environments as realised in practice. It is envisaged that you will come to realise through practice, that good design is achieved through balancing frequently conflicting requirements in order to satisfy a range of stakeholders. You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate your specialist technical abilities but also your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to explore unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations demanded of the engineering profession. This course provides a solid foundation in multi-disciplinary working environments (real world project), computer modelling and the finite element method.

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KB7072 -

Sensing and Monitoring for Civil Engineering Assets (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will learn about the key aspects of asset-related challenges and address the need to conduct detailed survey investigations of asset location and condition. You will consider how to conduct effective monitoring programmes that identify changes and how to analyse the patterns and nature of change in the context of asset operation and stability. You will also learn about the role of in situ logging and how to establish driver-response relationships that may threaten asset function. To achieve this you will be introduced to an applied range of survey and monitoring techniques and get hand-on experience with analysing complex datasets. You will draw on all your engineering experience and judgement to make clear recommendations about future action and developments to asset operators, progressing from diverse and complex information sources, to clear, detailed and appropriately considered and costed recommendations for actions.

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Modules

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

KB4022 -

Design and Materials (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the issues which will underpin your learning and practice as a civil/construction engineer. You will learn about the mechanics of materials, material qualities, material properties at a micro level and at a macro level.Through practical and other class work you will consider and explore a range of the most commonly used materials in the industry. Materials studied will include rocks and soils, steel, concrete and timber. In addition, you will examine alternative material use to achieve enhanced sustainability, including the use of recycled 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 a career in civil/construction engineering.

You will learn about a range of relevant topics including the consideration of forces and solving problems related to forces within systems. You will learn about principles of stress and strain and consider related factors when solving problems of this nature. You will learn about some of the techniques used to consider the impact of loads on various beans and sections. There will also be an opportunity to learn about associated theories linking to energy methods of structural analysis.

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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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KB4028 -

Introduction to Structural Design (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 CAD software 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 steel, concrete, timber, or masonry.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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KA5054 -

Construction Project Management with BIM 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Themes can include: the planning for, and management of, construction project-level organisations and resources; the use of construction production information, the management of design during the construction process, the role that Digital Construction solutions including Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process; construction project planning processes; and the production of construction solutions for specific project challenges.

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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 and structures and the formation, classification and erosion of rock and soils and the interpretation of geological maps. You will learn about the planning and implementation of site investigations, the interpretation of borehole data and various field testing techniques as used on construction sites. You will learn about the structure, content and use of relevant codes and standards. You will learn about soil improvement on construction sites, suitable fill materials for different construction activities and about the different types of temporary and permanent geotechnical structures commonly encountered and the concept of bearing capacity and simple sizing calculations and construction techniques for common types of foundations.

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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, the basic principles of ultimate load analysis will be introduced.

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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. In this module, you will learn about topics such as the design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns, and the preparation of reinforced concrete drawings. You will also learn about the
design of steel beams, columns, frames and connections, and the design of timber posts, beams and connections. You will make use of computer methods to design structures and learn to check and validate results from computer models.

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KB5025 -

Hydraulics and Hydrology (Core,20 Credits)

You will study the hydraulics of open channel flow, pipelines and pumps, as well as focusing on engineering hydrology, where you will study 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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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 the use of matrix algebra to solve large systems of equations, 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 the fundamentals of matrix theory that underlie powerful practical numerical algorithms for solving systems of linear equations and boundary value problems. As you explore the mathematical techniques, you will discover how each is used in applications of civil engineering problems, including structural analysis, vibration and stability of structures, structural optimization, material science, and mechanical metamaterials. This module will enable you to fully understand the tools behind finite element analysis, an important method in engineering.

Outline syllabus (the syllabus includes all or part of the following topics):

1. Vectors and matrices
2. Determinant and rank
3. Linear systems of equations
4. Algebraic eigenvalue problem
5. Galerkin, Ritz, and Finite Element Method
6. Elements of scientific programming

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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KB5048 -

Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

You will learn lifelong technical and communication skills in a commercial work environment enabling you to practice your engineering skills in a nurturing and supportive environment. None technical skills such as team working, clear and precise communication, responsibility and creative thinking will be developed alongside technical and commercial knowledge of your chosen field to generate creative, sustainable solutions.

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 value attributes, relevant to your programme of study. 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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KB5049 -

Study abroad year (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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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 role of engineering interventions to address the current Climate Emergency, to protect air, land and water from degradation and to design resilient solutions to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. A broad subject is distilled down to key topics in the field of environmental engineering, such as: environmental impact assessment; environmental risk assessment; water supply engineering; wastewater management; and solid waste management. Through this exploration, you will grow to appreciate the relationships between environmental management and sustainability. 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 from previous modules and apply 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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KB6031 -

Integrated Group Design Project (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning on this module will start from a client brief for a project. The brief for the project will be based upon a real project and 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 acquire an understanding of research ethics, being required to complete an online university ethics submission in line with university policy prior to commencing your research project. 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 output 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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Structural Analysis and Modelling (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about structural testing methods and how to validate the results of finite element applications software for structural analysis and design. You also will learn theory of finite element method, its extended application to the consideration of dynamic problems and behaviour of dynamic structural systems. This module provides a solid foundation in structural testing, computer modelling and the finite element method in particular.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,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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KB7012 -

Infrastructure Engineering Design (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn river engineering, urban hydrology and urban drainage, coastal engineering, and sediment transport. In each case you will learn advanced analysis techniques using computer software as well as more basic analysis based on hand-calculations. In each case you will build upon the knowledge gained in different subjects earlier in your education and learn how to apply it to wide-ranging design/maintenance/upgrading problems.

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KB7013 -

Highway and Railway Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

The module content includes key elements appropriate to Highways and Railway engineering, including topics such as:
• Route selection
• Design of horizontal and vertical alignment
• Flexible and rigid pavements design and specification
• Railway permanent way components and design
• Railway switch and crossing design
• Highway and railway drainage and earthworks
• Sustainable transport options
• Maintenance techniques and temporary works

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KB7014 -

Structural Integrity and Historical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will examine common forms of existing structures such as various types of bridges, and to consider how you can apply your existing Civil Engineering skills and knowledge learned in earlier study to gain a quantitative understanding of their original and current loading, and current condition. You will consider different structural components and materials and how they might degrade over time and how this affects their performance. You will also study some non-destructive testing techniques for examining engineering assets, for example Ground Penetrating Radar.

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KB7015 -

Geotechnical Instabilities (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will explore the challenges of collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting data on existing, complex geotechnical threats to assets. The module themes include setting the context for and implications of geotechnical instabilities; concepts of failure processes; classifications; surface and sub-surface characterization schemes; appropriate and costed monitoring interventions; and numerical modelling techniques. You will learn about how to monitor and quantify changes affecting geotechnical structures including rock and soil problems and the parameters influencing failure; how to model critical conditions; and assess the effectiveness of management solutions. In this module you will also learn about recent research-led innovations that have provided new data on geotechnical environments and study practitioner-based case studies through seminars. Finally, you will learn how to develop focused and informed data collection of a challenging site, analysing and then interpreting your own investigation into geotechnical instability, specialising in aspects which interest you most, presenting your findings and producing a a professional recommendation report.

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KB7016 -

Interdisciplinary Group Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within a realistic design project. You will work in a small team to present a plan for a civil engineering development for which you will then progress from feasibility through to final design. This module aims to offer a simulation of the experience of design work amid multi-disciplinary working environments as realised in practice. It is envisaged that you will come to realise through practice, that good design is achieved through balancing frequently conflicting requirements in order to satisfy a range of stakeholders. You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate your specialist technical abilities but also your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to explore unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations demanded of the engineering profession. This course provides a solid foundation in multi-disciplinary working environments (real world project), computer modelling and the finite element method.

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KB7072 -

Sensing and Monitoring for Civil Engineering Assets (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will learn about the key aspects of asset-related challenges and address the need to conduct detailed survey investigations of asset location and condition. You will consider how to conduct effective monitoring programmes that identify changes and how to analyse the patterns and nature of change in the context of asset operation and stability. You will also learn about the role of in situ logging and how to establish driver-response relationships that may threaten asset function. To achieve this you will be introduced to an applied range of survey and monitoring techniques and get hand-on experience with analysing complex datasets. You will draw on all your engineering experience and judgement to make clear recommendations about future action and developments to asset operators, progressing from diverse and complex information sources, to clear, detailed and appropriately considered and costed recommendations for actions.

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