The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.
Giving you an introduction to the core areas of geotechnics, this module covers topics such as: origin and types of soil, soil as a 3-phase material, soil description and classification, compaction, water in soils, basic mechanics, and stresses in soils and ground investigation. In an average week you’ll spend four hours in lectures and practicals per week.
This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of hydrostatics and enables you to apply these principles to model problems relevant to civil engineering. You’ll spend around four hours in lectures each week to study for this module.
Structural Analysis 1
Delivered through four hours of lectures each week, this module covers the following topics: analysis of 2D stresses and strains, virtual work method, strain energy method and analysis of arches and cables, the response of circular and non-circular members to torsion, the stress distribution of a beam under bending moment, shear and axial force, among others.
Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering
This module, delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, for three hours each week, covers the fundamental tools to manipulate vectors and matrices relevant to applications in engineering, and introduces fundamental concepts and applications of differentiation and integration in one or more dimensions.
Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 1
Teaching is delivered through workshops comprising a taught or seminar element, self–directed study and an assignment. Students prepare a portfolio of work consisting of three parts demonstrating Professional Understanding, Skills and Personal Development, similar to that which will be required after they graduate and apply to become chartered professional engineers.
This is a problem-based group design project which focuses on the application of knowledge and skills, from across the taught modules. Groups develop and cost a major civil engineering project and plan resources to ensure timely and cost-effective completion of the work. Then a design of an engineering structure will be carried out, including presentation of options and a detailed design stage. The final task will be to design and construct a model structure, which will be tested in the laboratory.
Advanced Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineers
The module covers fundamental tools to manipulate complex numbers as well as ordinary and partial differential equations relevant to engineering. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and example classes each week to study this module.
This module aims to develop further understanding of fundamental behaviour of soils and you will learn how to perform geotechnical analyses. You’ll spend five hours in lectures and two hours in practicals per week.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics. You’ll be able to solve simple pipe flow problems and demonstrate awareness of open channel flows and boundary layers and drag. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Structural Analysis 2
The fundamental behaviour established in the first year is extended to cover the concepts of: virtual work, analysis of indeterminate structures, instability of structural systems, plastic analysis and design and vibration. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and example classes per week when studying this module.
Fundamentals of Materials
You will be spending three hours a week in lectures exploring engineering materials and their basic properties, principles in material selection and sustainability and an understanding of the behaviour of construction materials.
Civil and Structural Steel Design Project
This module provides students with an opportunity to take a design project from concept through to an advanced design stage covering structural, steel, geotechnical, infrastructure and services considerations, working as a group. This is a year-long project, concentrating on site conditions, conceptual design and structural and geotechnical design in the first semester and detailed calculations in the second semester. The project gives students the opportunity to develop their written and oral presentation skills.
Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 2
In a series of workshops this module builds on core skills and aims to: introduce students to structural analysis and modelling tools; develop their ability to communicate; introduce construction materials and their related design considerations; provide an opportunity to learn advanced surveying techniques. This will help stimulate reflection on personal development relevant to becoming a professional, chartered civil engineer.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project
Students work in groups on the design and planning of a civil engineering project that aims to integrate all the disciplines covered on the course. Typical projects include: water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance.
This module introduces the fundamentals of consolidation and the different components of settlement. In addition, shallow and deep foundation design, from both a fundamental and Eurocode approach is covered. Reinforced soil, 1D & 2D water flow through soils, and sustainability considerations in geotechnical design are also discussed.
Hydraulic Design and Experiments
This module addresses real-world hydraulic applications and designs using the theory learnt by the students in Hydraulics 1 and 2 and newly obtained knowledge about urban drainage systems, flood protection, water supply and surge protection. Seven laboratory experiments cover fundamental aspects of hydraulics in open channel flow, pipe flow and river flow. The students also design a number of common hydraulic systems under application of the newly obtained knowledge in the class room and the laboratory.
Structural Concrete Design
This module introduces reinforced concrete construction and the relationship between structural behaviour and the design of reinforced concrete elements. It includes the structural design procedures for reinforced concrete elements in flexure, shear and compression. On average you will spend about four or five contact hours per week in lectures, laboratory classes or in the design studio for this module.
Engineering Risk Assessment
The module assesses the risk of injury posed to the general public and workforce through the operation of engineering systems and infrastructure. This is considered in the context of civil and transportation systems and an indication is given of acceptable risk. You will spend three hours a week in lectures to study this module.
This module introduces some of the theory that forms the technical basis of the management and control of urban road networks, including: traffic flow theory, transport modelling and operation of traffic signal control systems. You will spend three hours a week in lectures to study this module.
This module involves students working on a scaled-down construction project by going through the stages of design appreciation, construction planning and scheduling, organisation of work, execution of the construction phase and review. This module is completed during a fieldtrip in the Easter break.
This module provides opportunity for final-year students to undertake a long-term individual research project appropriate to their particular interests. It normally takes the form of an investigative, development or design project, culminating in the presentation of a detailed final report. Projects involve lab work, field investigations or computer modelling and require data collection and analysis.
Group Design Project
Students work in groups on the design and planning of a major civil engineering project that aims to integrate all the disciplines covered on the course. Typical projects include: water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance. This project takes place over four weeks at the end of the spring semester.
An introduction to the fundamentals of constitutive models and implements them in a numerical model. Parameters required for and validation of the model is provided by means of element and centrifuge modelling.
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
This module introduces fundamental principles of environmental fluid mechanics focusing on buoyancy driven flows, fluid instabilities and the effects of the earth’s rotation on large scale oceanographic and atmospheric features.
Advanced Structural Design
The module will look into the design of specialised structural systems such as composite beams and floors, portal frames, tubular trusses, and pre-stressed concrete beams and slabs. It will also look into connection behaviour, the design of steel moment connections and sway stability of buildings. A major group design exercise will illustrate the approach to the design of complete structures.
Advanced Structural Analysis
The module will look into advanced structural analysis methods including finite element, non-linear analysis and stability. It will also look into the analysis of dynamic systems.
The components of railway track structures, conventional and otherwise are looked at in this module. It will include analysis of forces on a railway track and consequent deflections, stresses etc., alignment design principles, and an overview of the railway as a total system including operational issues, signalling and control. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Marine and Coastal Engineering
This module is delivered through six hours of lectures and computer-based tutorials each week and covers the principles of water height variation, ocean forces (from waves and tides) and energy conversion into electrical power and to the design of energy production systems.
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical
A practical module which complements the earlier engineering surveying modules. You'll work for three timetabled hours a week, individually and in small groups on projects involving the planning and the carrying out of observational and computational aspects of surveying for engineering and/or deformation applications.
Highway and Pavement Design
This module covers the design of highway lay-outs, concentrating on the effects of number of lanes and junction design. It also includes the design of road pavement structures and surfaces using different techniques and materials together with the deterioration mechanisms involved. The module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week.
Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Assessment
This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, for three hours each week, and is designed to deliver an understanding of sustainability principles and how, in particular, transport infrastructure engineering as well as the wider construction industry can contribute to sustainable development.
This module will introduce students to the fundamental principles of constitutive modelling in geomechanics with the focus on the critical state framework for soil material modelling, and will enable students to apply these principles to predict soil behaviour under different conditions and model relevant problems in civil engineering. This module advances the limit analysis introduced in H22G12, such that advanced analytical solutions to problems can be derived and solved.
The effects of wind on structures are considered in this module. It shows how the wind loading codes are developed from first principles and how they can be applied to predict wind induced forces in structures. The dynamic response of structures to wind is studied with the help of wind tunnel tests.
Managing Infrastructure and Systems
This module considers the use of reliability assessment techniques to investigate the likelihood and causes of failure, and to support asset management decision making. The module covers techniques that can be used to model the failure and degradation of assets, and the impacts of inspection and maintenance strategies on the asset lifecycle. The studied techniques enable the objective critical evaluation of systems and assets, allow the selection of optimal asset management strategies, and will be discussed in the context of their application to asset infrastructures.
Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical
A combination of theory and practice is involved in this module, which complements the earlier engineering surveying modules. For the practical element, students work for three timetabled hours a week in small groups on projects involving the planning and the carrying out of observational and computational aspects of satellite-based positioning for engineering surveying applications.