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.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
The course consists of the following modules:
Year 1 (Level 4)
Employer Based Learning (10 credits, compulsory)
The construction industry is constantly changing in terms of technology, materials, processes, legislation and practice. Learners have the opportunity to reflect upon and contextualise the learning that they gain from working within the industry to assess their personal learning needs in order to plan for the future. (Portfolio 100%)
Environmental Science and Materials (20 credits, compulsory)
This unit supports learners to select and evaluate material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a brief. It will enable them to justify if materials being fit for purpose; as defined by testing standards and properties and their impact on providing the human comfort requirement. Demonstrate awareness of the environmental impact and sustainability of materials and the health and safety considerations to meet current legislative requirements. (Presentation / proposal / poster 40%, Case study 60%)
Hand Drafting and CAD (10 credits, compulsory)
This module is one of the Employer Based Modules. It aims to enable learners’ to develop their understanding of construction principles and methods associated with low rise domestic buildings using the vehicle of hand sketching and technical drawing skills suitable for communication on site and with clients’ during stages 0 to 1 of the RIBA POW (Plan Of Work). (Presentation / proposal / poster 100%)
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 and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory)
This unit will enable you to identify and develop academic writing and information research skills, apply a range of research methodologies and instruments. (Portfolio 100%)
Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory)
This practical module is designed to provide the student with the ability to use modern surveying equipment and to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today’s construction industry. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)
Civil Engineering Site Operations (20 credits, core)
This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental aspects of developing and operating a major civil engineering operation. Modern construction techniques together with health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation applicable to the construction process will be included. (Report 75%, Proposal presentation 25%)
Structural Analysis (10 credits, compulsory)
Structural principles such as the mechanics and physics of structures will be explored. The behaviour of structures that are determinate will be analysed and as part of that calculating bending moments, shear forces, torsions and deflections in a variety of simple structures. (Portfolio x 2 100%)
Geology (10 credits, compulsory)
This module will enable students to differentiate between the formation of common rock types, their classification, mineralogy and their geological distribution. (Report 100%)
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%)
Surveying Techniques (10 credits, compulsory)
This practical module is designed to provide the learner with the ability to use modern surveying equipment and to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today’s construction industry. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)
Development of the Built Environment (10 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to provide the student 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):
This module will cover the internal operation of organisations and the affect their strategic decisions have on their overall market position. (Report 100%)
Building Information Modelling (10 credits, compulsory)
Learners will use BIM compatible software to create a data rich model from which standard construction documentation can be compiled and schedule information extracted. (Report 30%, Presentation 70%)
Research and Study Skills 2 (10 credits, compulsory)
The module aims to consolidate, further develop and extend the student’s capacity to apply a range of academic skills appropriately within discipline of the Built Environment. (Portfolio 100%)