Engineering

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ECM3161 - Civil Engineering Design Studies (2015)

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MODULE TITLECivil Engineering Design Studies CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3161 MODULE CONVENERProf Raziyeh Farmani (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 28
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

"The Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium was a triumphant engineering project - but what were the design and construction methods behind this masterpiece? The case study element of this course explores civil engineering feats such as this; enhancing your industry design knowledge.
 

This module brings to life the civil engineering profession by practically introducing you to every aspect of construction management, analysing real design case studies and by taking a more advanced look at composite structure. An outstanding opportunity is also offered here to connect with industry via a student counselling scheme enabling you to interview mentors in their workplace.

In order to link with future engineering talent, companies such as ARUPS, Halcrow, Mouchell and South West Water open their doors and provide contact with their professional engineers to exchange knowledge; giving you the chance to make invaluable contacts for employment.
 

Prerequisite module: ECM2108, ECM2109, ECM3155, ECM3156, ECM3157 or equivalent

AIMS - intentions of the module

By the end of this course you will have integrated the knowledge obtained from previous modules with new experience of construction management and further composite design. Completing the design case study project will also have improved your team-work, presentation skills and knowledge by exposing you to a variety of existing structures and engineering projects and enabling you to explore the conceptual design, materials, structural systems and problem-solving involved in their design and construction.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).
 
 
 
This module correlates to references U1, U3, E1, E2, D1, D4, S1 - S5, P5, MU2, MU4, ME2, MD1, MS2, MP1, MP2, GM3, GM4. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk
 
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 understand construction management techniques and processes;
2 comprehend the roles of the various professionals in construction, the contractual arrangements between them, and the reasons behind the adoption of various forms of contract;
3 recognise a firm understanding of the issues of safety in construction;
4 appreciate the requirements and priorities of civil engineering professionals and their professional institutions;
5 demonstrate detailed design knowledge of a chosen type of civil engineering system or structure, with an understanding of different possible design scenarios;
6 carry out structural work according to structural design codes.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
7 apply your engineering knowledge to the analysis and design of real systems and structures and to processes in construction.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:
8 show improved small-group working skills, and presentation techniques;
9 illustrate strong abilities in reporting, analysis and objective criticism.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- selected institution lectures, lectures and workshops by visiting professors and other external speakers, career counselling by professional civil engineers;

- lectures on CDM, health and safety, construction contracts, site supervision and management;

- different contract types and relevance to project objectives;

- claims and variations under contract;

- case study on a major construction project, looking at design criteria, design principles, construction, safety and environmental considerations.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 47.00 Guided Independent Study 103.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 27 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Workshops

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

10 Site/works visits

Guided independent study

103 Preparation; private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – construction management report and presentation 30 A short report (up to 3000 words) and a 15+5 min presentation 1-4, 8,9 Oral (lecturer and peer review) and written
Coursework – design case study 30 15+5 min group presentation 1-9 Oral (lecturer and peer review) and written
Coursework – composite structure design 25 3 hand-ins 5,6 Oral
Coursework – log book 15 n/a 1-7 Written
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:
Kennard, M (Ed.) "Civil Engineering Procedure" 6th, ICE Publishing, ISBN: 978-0727735249.
Delatte, N. (2010) “Failure literacy in structural engineering”, Engineering Structures, 32, pp. 1952-1954.

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Web based and electronic resources: http://www.cpdlectures.com/

Other resources

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set The Steel Construction Institute (eds Davison, Buick, Owens, Graham, W) Steel Designers’ Manual The Steel Construction Institute (Blackwell Science Ltd) 2005 978-1-4051-3412-5 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM2108, ECM2109, ECM3155, ECM3156, ECM3157
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Civil engineering; design; construction management.