Civil Engineering BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)

Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2016

code: H200, H204

Available in Clearing 01245 686868


Overview

Become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) on our Joint Board of Moderators-accredited course. Mix vital theory with hands-on learning as you prepare for a successful career in civil engineering. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.

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For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

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

Year one, core modules

  • Civil Engineering Works
    In this module we'll cover earthworks and groundwork techniques. You'll explore the principles and practice of earth-moving plant selection, safety, cycles and economics, soil stabilisation techniques of dynamic consolidation, vibratory systems and grouting. We'll also look at the foundations suitable for these systems. We'll look at conventional piled foundations, temporary and permanent support techniques including cofferdams, contiguous piling and diaphragm walls. You'll also explore long-span low-rise and medium rise structures, their material selection, construction methods, foundation types and the performance of different of claddings.
  • 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.
  • An Introduction to Technology and Design
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture that have little or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. You’ll learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. You’ll study the requirements of the internal environment, and build an understanding of how services installations contribute to user comfort. The personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology is illustrated to develop your learning. You’ll also gain an insight into the behaviour and properties for a variety of materials commonly used in the construction of buildings and civil engineering projects, including their basic scientific principles. You’ll get an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. You’ll learn through weekly videos, and workbooks as well as formal lectures and group tutorials.
  • Learning and Practical Skills Development (HE and Work)
    Foundation Degree 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. The module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You'll 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. The module will enable you to gain experience in applying the elementary surveying techniques of levelling and linear measurement, both for detail acquisition and setting out. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated. You will be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll develop and maintain a reflective learning log to support this module and their continuing studies, the reflective log to be used as the basis of your PDP submission.

Year two, core modules

  • 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.
  • Concrete Technology
    This module will give you a thorough grounding in the principles and manufacture of concrete as a construction material. We'll provide you with a practical understanding of the factors, which influence the properties and durability from the design requirements to the finished product. You'll become conversant with various types of concrete in use and assess the importance of good quality control, compacting, placing and curing. We'll explain the nature and importance of a variety of additives and cement replacement materials used in modern concrete, and their effects on the fresh and hardened properties of concrete, to develop your ability to make or identify good quality concrete made with normal and recycled aggregates. Laboratory work will give you the practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • 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.
  • Group Project
    This module will develop your ability to evaluate and resolve practical problems and work as part of a design team. The module will help you apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible, experiences from work) within a project that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. It’s designed to bring small groups together into teams so you coordinate your individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstration your ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the brief. You’ll become conversant with the importance of good quality control, compacting, placing and curing will be assessed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year three, core modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Geotechnics 2
    You’ll extend your knowledge of basic soil properties gained in the pre-requisite module to include an appreciation of the nature of soil strength in the context of the principles of total and effective stress. This is then applied to the geotechnical design of foundations and earth retaining structures. You’ll be introduced to the Codes of Practice and the philosophy of Factors of Safety within soils design is explored. You’ll undertake laboratory work on solids and will also sit a two hour examination.
  • Major Project (Construction)
    You'll be able to demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial original study to investigate a subject, issue, or problem and to produce a usable outcome. You'll carry out an original piece of work that may be either an expert study or a research study. Advice is offered on choosing a research topic and producing a proposal in a briefing session delivered towards the end of the academic year prior to that in which you'll undertake your project. The research will be undertaken under the supervision of an academic member of staff but the early part of the module in semester one is also supported by taught classroom sessions. These taught sessions enable you to develop research and study skills in respect of reviewing and analysing literature, developing a research question, collecting, presenting and analysing data, and managing the research process. In addition to the taught sessions, a minimum of four supervision tutorials will take place during the academic year in which the module is studied.
  • 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.

Year three, optional modules

  • Flood Defence
    You’ll be introduced to administrative background to flood defence, including the roles of the bodies involved in executing and funding works. You’ll examine methods of flood prediction. You’ll then compare traditional hard engineering approaches with techniques such as managed re-alignment that are closer to 'working with nature'. You’ll learn about techniques of economic appraisal together with an indication of their limitations when assessing intangible effects of flooding. The content is placed in the context of climate change and planning policies.
  • Highways Design and Construction
    You’ll appreciate problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and learn how to formulate technical solutions. You’ll become conversant with pavement design, which will be discussed in the context of construction techniques. You’ll also acquire knowledge on the principles and practice of bridge construction, maintenance and design. The concept of sustainability in construction using recyclable materials will be discussed, project work is used to give you a practical feel of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.

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
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information

Placements

This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Course fees

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

£9,000

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,500

Additional costs for Constructionarium

You will be asked to make a contribution of between £250 and £300 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.

Entry requirements

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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.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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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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