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Undergraduate Course: Computer Tools for Civil Engineers 2 (CIVE08015)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description The course introduces computer aided draughting using AutoCAD, and the use of computer tools such as MATLAB and Spreadsheets.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLaboratoryCTCE2 Labs1-10 14:00 - 17:00or 14:00 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 14:00 - 17:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Teaching Labs, Fleeming Jenkin Building
Additional information Computer labs to be arranged.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Computer Tools for Civil Engineers 21:30Nil
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30nilComputer Based Exam. KB Centre Level 3 Computing Lab. Open Book
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- show confidence in the use of computers in practical civil engineering problems;
- demonstrate the ability to use computer tools such as MATLAB for simple engineering calculation.
Assessment Information
Coursework 20%
Examination 80%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Course Structure
In this course you will work on two self-study modules on your own time. There are eleven (11) computing laboratory sessions that you must attend. There are no formal lectures.

The MATLAB self-study module consists of five main units that broadly cover: MATLAB Basic Concepts, Plotting, Scripts and Functions, Decision Making and Loops. Each individual unit contains many exercises with example solutions and some that have step-by-step instructions presented as video screen-casts.

The AutoCAD self-study module consists of nine sessions to be completed during a Computing Lab.

Titles & Contents

MATLAB Programming
Introduction to MATLAB
Basic Concepts and the MATLAB computing environment
Plotting using MATLAB
Scripts and Functions
Making decisions using relational and logical operators
Repetition using loops
Advanced topics in decision and using vectorisation

Computer aided draughting using AutoCAD
AutoCAD: 1. Getting Started.
New & Open; Saving drawings; Drawing Aids; Drawing setup.
AutoCAD: 2. Draw Commands I.
Line: co-ordinate entry; OSNAP.
AutoCAD: 3. Draw Commands II.
Circles; Polylines; Hatching.
AutoCAD: 4. Modifying Drawings I.
Basics; Changing properties.
AutoCAD: 5. Modifying Drawings II.
Trimming and extending;
AutoCAD: 6. Annotating Drawings.
Dimensioning; Labelling.
AutoCAD: 7. Data exchange and Output.
Blocks; Printing
AutoCAD: 8. Revision exercises.
Plotting, Printing and Exporting drawings.
AutoCAD: 9. Revision exercises.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list For MATLAB Programming:

Getting started with MATLAB 7
A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers
Rudra Pratap
Oxford University Press, 2006

MATLAB: An introduction with applications
Amos Gilat
John Wiley and Sons, 2008

An Engineer&ęs Guide to MATLAB
Edward B. Magrab, et al.
Pearson $˙ Prentice Hall, 2005

MATLAB Student Version
The Mathworks, Inc
http://www.mathworks.co.uk/academia/student_version

For computer aided draughting using AutoCAD:

Yarwood, A. (1995).
An introduction to AutoCAD release 13.
Longman.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Contacts
Course organiser Dr Antonios Giannopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5728
Email: A.Giannopoulos@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Mrs Sharon Potter
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
Email: Sharon.Potter@ed.ac.uk
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