This Foundation Degree has been designed to focus on the education and training of Civil Engineers for a variety of technical roles.
The course aims to meet the engineering industry's need for appropriately qualified staff by giving you the necessary expertise and employability. During the course you will study a range of engineering concepts and practices, underpinned by fundamentals of science and mathematics.
You will gain knowledge of current developments in civil engineering, as well as enhancing your understanding of management processes. As well as learning about theoretical aspects of engineering, you will understand how to apply them to practical, workplace situations.
You will look at solving problems and dealing with unpredictable situations in engineering contexts, and you will develop your ability to take on managerial responsibility. The course will enable you to understand principles of engineering and how they have developed.
It will also enhance your skills of analysing information, communicating clear arguments and working independently.
The course consists of the following modules:
Year 1 (Level 4)
Civil Engineering Site Operations (20 credits, core):
Employer Based Learning (10 credits, compulsory):
Environmental Science and Materials (20 credits, compulsory):
Mathematics for the Built Environment (20 credits, core):
This module aims to provide students with confidence in numeracy and mathematics by reinforcing and revising basic numeracy and being able to transform and resolve equations algebraically and graphically. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)
Research Methods and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory):
Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory):
Structural Analysis (10 credits, compulsory):
Year 2 (Level 5)
Civil Engineering Technology (20 credits, core):
This module introduces you to the fundamental aspects of specialised, major civil engineering operations such as highway construction, tunnelling activities and marine structures. (Portfolio 100%)
Development of the Built Environment (10 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the built environment, its historic development and its context in modern society. (Presentation 50%, Essay 50%)
Engineering Mathematics and Science (10 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to reinforce and advance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of mathematics that engineering is based upon. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)
Geotechnics (10 credits, compulsory):
This introduces the fundamental aspects of Geology and Geographical materials used in the construction industry. You will learn ground investigation techniques and interpret data from soil tests. (Report 60%, Report 40%)
Hydraulics and Fluid Dynamics (10 credits, compulsory):
This module looks at hydrostatics and explains numerous topics such as fluid kinetics and hydraulic structures. You will undertake experiments to put the ideas into practice. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)
Group Project (20 credits, core):
The module aims to enable students to create a comprehensive and relevant personal enhancement plan by identifying a range of academic and specialist developmental needs. (Group presentation 50%, Essay 50%)
Management procedures (10 credits, compulsory):