Civil Engineering BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)

Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

Part-time teaching times: Semester 1: Thursday 9am-7pm; Semester 2: Tuesday 9am-7pm

Class allocations will depend on the number of students enrolling; precise times (within the stated ranges) will be confirmed on individual timetables once registered.

Overview

Prepare yourself academically, practically and professionally to work as a civil engineer. With visits to construction sites, work placements and time in our testing labs, you’ll gain essential practical skills to offer employers upon graduation. Our course leads to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators on behalf of The Engineering Council.

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Full description

Careers

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Civil engineers tend to specialise in two areas – design and production. This course will prepare you for both:

  • Design civil engineers work mainly in offices, looking at the need for projects and how a particular project can be achieved.
  • Production civil engineers work and plan on-site, check the quality of work, and oversee schedules and budgets.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Civil Engineering.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Elements of Construction Design
    You’ll develop analytical skills to enable you to carry out basic structural calculations, and be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. These skills will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawings and apply this to other modules on your course. To keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry, BIM will be introduced to you and you’ll also gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process.
  • IT and Communications
    Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Science and Materials
    In this module you will become familiar with the material properties relevant to engineering performance and how these properties are defined. You will explore the relationship between displacement, velocity and acceleration and apply this in the context of Newton’s 2nd Law and the application of forces.
  • Safe Civil Engineering Works
    Address key elements of civil engineering construction and place them firmly alongside the management responsibility to ensure the prioritisation of health and safety within the work environment at all times. You’ll address the technical aspects of engineering and explore specific considerations of harm, hazard and risk, ensuring the relevance of health and safety management within the civil engineering construction context. You’ll cover earthworks and groundwork techniques, including the principles and practice of earth-moving plant selection, cycles and economics. You’ll also look at groundwater control and soil stabilisation techniques of dynamic consolidation, vibratory systems and grouting, as well as methods for testing ground strength. You’ll look at health and safety management practices, including undertaking risk assessment and preparing and communicating associated method statements to ensure safe systems of work for the specific civil engineering techniques, alongside the technology, including the legal responsibilities of the civil engineer in the selection and management of the work. This knowledge will ultimately enable you to consider long-span low-rise and medium rise structures in terms of the evaluation and application of different groundwork techniques, construction methods, foundation types and the health and safety management of both the selection and construction processes.
  • Elementary Surveying Skills
    This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • Geotechnics 1
    You’ll be introduced to Geotechnics, after the basic geological concepts, this module will provide you with an appreciation of the ground investigation element of site investigation. You’ll be introduced to soil laboratory practice and given the opportunity to relate the results of soil laboratory tests to theoretical concepts and the practical needs of civil engineering construction. Our module provides a medium for the development of skills in algebraic manipulation, which are applied to the relationships between basic soil properties.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 1
    You'll gain the underpinning knowledge and skills in mathematics for use in subsequent modules in civil engineering such as structural analysis, structural design, hydraulics and geotechnics together with application of mathematical techniques to surveying and management. About half the module will cover the theory and applications of calculus to engineering problems. You'll also deal with a range of mathematical theories and techniques but in particular will develop practical applications such as the position and second moment of area for a given shape. The equations of curves from observed or measured data, the calculation of irregular areas and volumes and problems of geometry will also be explored. You'll also study basic statistical techniques applied, where possible to engineering applications such as concrete mixes.

Level 5 core modules

  • Structural Method and Analysis
    Gain an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and get an understanding of the design process. You’ll address the fundamental relationship between loads, shear force and bending moment as well as the effect of combined shear and direct/bending stresses. We’ll introduce you to the deformability of structures and the principles of static indeterminacy and the methods of analysis of simple indeterminate forms. The design part of your module will be in three parts: Timber, Concrete and Steel Design. You’ll concentrate on basic design philosophies and procedures used in the design of structural elements in buildings constructed with these three most common building materials. You’ll link knowledge of structural forms, loading, structural analysis and materials behaviour and appreciate the importance of producing structural drawings of elements in sufficient details for construction and manufacture. You’ll cover the fundamentals of structural design for timber beams and floors; concrete beams, one-spanning concrete slabs and unrestrained steel beams. You’ll also cover strut or column design with axial, eccentric and biaxial loading for timber, concrete and steel and masonry walls and piers.
  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll gain experience in the theory and practice of traditional traversing and curve ranging techniques alongside contemporary practices. You’ll also gain hands on experience in advanced contemporary surveying equipment, such as theodolites and total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to acquire data and sorted and processed it both manually and electronically to convert it into a format suitable for CAD output. You’ll produce and annotate your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 2006 and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • CAD for Civil Engineers
    This module will give you an appreciation of the growing importance of three-dimensional CAD software. You'll get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software complying with the latest British and European Standards. We'll use intelligent object orientated design methods to create virtual models which can interact with digital terrain models. You'll get an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client visualisation and design flexibility and learn to produce a basic site animation.
  • Applied Mathematics for Civil Engineers
    The module will introduce techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software, and through this module we’ll provide you with an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgments on the reliability of software solutions. Your learning in this module will enable you to undertake appropriate analysis in structural analysis, as well as giving you an understanding of the techniques used in software packages that you’ll find in the workplace, their suitability and limitations. We’ll assess your learning through in-class tests.
  • Material Technology for Engineers
    This module is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and manufacture of materials used in the construction industry. The aim is to provide you with a practical understanding of the factors, which influence the properties and durability from the design requirements to the finished product. You will be introduced to the more common construction materials such as steel, concrete and timber as well as polymers and bituminous materials. Materials will be analysed in terms of their molecular structure and constituent materials, engineering properties and behaviour, performance in service, quality control and sustainability. A well-structured laboratory work programme is used to give you practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • Hydraulics and Drainage
    This module covers the principles of hydrostatics and fluids in motion in pipes and open channels. Equations for calculation of pressures and forces on submerged and partially submerged objects are derived and applied. Continuity, energy and momentum equations are used to analyse uniform flow in pipes and open channels. The principle of flow in networks for water supply and surface water drainage is examined using simple models, whilst awareness is given of the availability of commercial computer models for more complex analysis. Laboratory sessions give you the opportunity to explore the limitations of the mathematical models of fluid behaviour. While the module concentrates on numerical techniques, you’ll be encouraged to consider that pipes and regularly shaped channels are not necessarily the ideal environmental solution.

Level 6 core modules

  • Structures
    Enhance your understanding of the behaviour of steel and concrete in medium and low rise structures. Through analysis, you’ll be introduced to the modelling and solutions of indeterminate frames and trusses. Through design studies, you’ll focus on the design of low-rise structures and alternative forms of structural elements. You’ll enhance your confidence in applying the design theories for tackling structural analysis and design problems for simple steel and reinforced concrete structures. You’ll link knowledge of structural forms, loading, structural analysis and materials behaviour to appreciate how connections can affect fabrication and erection of steel work. Finally, you’ll appreciate how the methods of construction are considered in modelling the structural behaviour, analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures.
  • Civil Engineering Contract Administration
    Consider the selection of partners for achieving successful design and construction of a civil engineering contract. You’ll investigate the way in which traditional and more modern contracts handle situations that may arise on site. We’ll compare different approaches to contractual arrangements and payment so you’ll be able to advise on the most appropriate approach for a particular project. We’ll look at the documents forming the contract, and well as methods for selecting partners, and consider developments in the construction industry that are intended to foster a team approach. You’ll also cover external influences such as European and National legislation and standards.
  • Environmental Management (for the Construction Industry)
    You’ll be introduced to the growth in environmental awareness, at all levels from local to international, over recent decades and this will be considered in the context of the construction industry. Legislation and other pressures for the protection of the environment are considered, including pollution control and environmental impact assessment. The advantages and disadvantages of formal and informal environmental management systems are examined. Design implications of concepts such as life cycle analysis are considered. By the end of the module you should look at environmental management, not as a burden, but as a fundamental part of the efficient management of the construction industry. This outlook will enable you to guide your present or future employers towards a sustainable future.
  • Individual Project
    This module will develop your comprehension of the totality and implications of the development and design process, and to train you to make an informed judgement on these issues. You’ll be required to carry out a holistic appraisal of a project, exploring the complex inter-relationships related to the client, site, planning, design, construction processes, post construction processes, health and safety, environment, financial and legal issues. Typical projects may require you to demonstrate knowledge and skill in structural design, transportation studies, hydraulics and drainage, construction/project management skills. Part of the module will involve studio teaching which includes formal group lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials. Site visits are also arranged where appropriate to support your knowledge and understanding of practical issues. Your supervision will be provided by a team of academic and Industrial supervisors who will assess your written reports and oral presentations.
  • Major Project
    You'll carry out an individual piece of research in the civil engineering field and conduct a literature review of current knowledge in your chosen topic area, formulate a research question and the collection of primary data by case study, interview, questionnaire or experimentation. Advice and support is given to you by one of our civil engineering tutors when you choose your research topic in a briefing session.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Highway Design and Construction
    In this module you will become familiar with the common problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and will use this knowledge to formulate technical solutions. You will discuss pavement design and will gain an understanding of the principles and practice of bridge construction, maintenance and design.
  • Flood Risk Management
    In this module you will develop your understanding of the flood risk management framework and the different approaches taken to flood defense. You will focus on topics such as hydrological principles of flooding and will be introduced to different flooding drivers, impacts and the required interventions/strategies (mitigation and adaptation) to cope with that. You will also focus on flood risk formulation and assessment and will be introduced to various methods for flood frequency analysis and computer modelling of flooding.
  • Practice-Based Learning
    You’ll analyse and evaluate your workplace, focusing on organisational structures, culture, roles and responsibilities. You’ll cover human relationships in the workplace, team relationships and problem evaluations and suggests possible reasons for situations arising. You’ll use the academic skills you gain here to enhance your learning, which will take place during work with your employer. You’ll also examine the links between academic theory and practical reality and carry out an individual SWOT analysis, which focuses on your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well as a 'future self-development plan'.

Assessment

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, we’ll assess you using a mix of assignments, group work, presentations, drawings, lab work and projects.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£4,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£4,625

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs 

Safety footwear (steel toe and midsole) - £40

Additional costs for Constructionarium
You will be asked to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost of food and accommodation. You will also be asked to provide your own safety shoes or boots and warm outdoor clothing. Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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Transferring to the BEng (Hons) course

If you want to transfer from this BSc course onto the BEng pathway, you’ll need to have scored at least 60% at Level 1 on your first attempt. You’ll also need to attend an interview, where we’ll explore your motivation and suitability for the other course.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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