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Undergraduate Course: Civil Engineering 1 (CIVE08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is intended to give you an introduction to Civil Engineering. The lecture component is divided into two main themes: Structural Engineering and Water & Environment. The first gives an introduction to the design and analysis of structures, including buildings and bridges. The second covers a range of topics including sustainability, climate change, water supply and quality, pollution and land remediation. Some lectures covering other areas of Civil Engineering may also be given. Two mini projects are used to provide an introduction to group work. Then, the course uses as its focus the example of a large-scale Civil Engineering project, namely the design of a hydropower dam, with various aspects of the design explored as part of the lecture material, tutorials and project work.
Course description 30 hours of lectures, consisting of lectures in Structural Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, plus other central topics in Civil Engineering.

Lectures are scheduled for weeks 1 - 10 of Semester 2.

A - Structural Engineering

- Loads on structures - Sources of loads: self weight, wind, traffic, earthquake; designing for extreme events;
load calculation; statistical concepts and load combination
- Structural Forms and materials - Columns, cables, beams, arches; concrete, steel.
- Static equilibrium - Free body diagrams; internal forces in structural members; load paths; determinate and
redundant structures; pin-jointed methods for analysing structures.
- Structural Strength - the strength of axially loaded members; steel I beams and reinforced concrete in
- Bridges - Simple beam; arch; suspension; cable stayed
- Buildings - Components, design using elementary strength of member concepts.

B - Environmental Engineering
- Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering - Natural environmental systems and their interaction with the built environment.
- Climate Change and Civil Engineering - role of climate change and global warming in the context of civil society.
- Sustainability - definitions, origins, and relevance to civil engineers.
- Introduction to Water Resources Systems - the components of water resource systems. Fundamentals of the hydrological cycle.
- Mass Balance Principles and their Application - An introduction to continuity and application of continuity to environmental problems.
- Lake Pollution - predicting accumulation and decay of water pollutants.
- Groundwater Contamination-introduction to groundwater systems and modes of pollution and remediation.
- Air Pollution - basics and context of air pollution and remediation.

Your attendance will be recorded at each lecture.

Tutorial Content

The tutorial classes in Civil Engineering 1 take place in Semester 2 on Monday afternoons between 2.00 and 3.00pm.

There will be a separate tutorial sheet for each week dealing with different aspects of the course. You are expected to attempt all the questions on the tutorial sheet before you attend your weekly tutorial session where you will be supervised by a member of staff and several teaching assistants. The tutorial system is designed to help you both understand the material presented in the lecture course and work continuously towards the degree examinations at the end of the year. It is to your benefit to make the most of the system provided.

Tutorials handed out one week are to be submitted on the Monday of the following week to the Engineering Teaching Office (ETO), by 14:00. At the weekly tutorial your attendance will be recorded.

The number of questions attempted will be recorded and one question will be marked each week - which question that is will be random and unknown in advance (e.g., one week Question 4 is marked, another week Question 2 is marked, etc.). The mark recorded for you for that week's tutorial is the mark attained on that single question. If that question is not attempted or no tutorial was handed in, the mark for that question will be zero. Late submissions will be permitted, with the standard ETO late penalty applied each day, until one week following the original due date. After that date, no more late submissions of that particular tutorial is permitted. The tutorials will be available for pick-up two weeks following submission at the tutorial session. Your solution must be on A4 paper. Write your answers out carefully, neatly, and completely - this will assist the marker and part marks will be given for steps in the solution even if the final answer is incorrect. To conserve paper and simplify handling, please try to keep your solution compact, using both sides if necessary. If you require more than one page, your work must be stapled. Bar codes must also be affixed to each one.

All late submissions should be submitted directly to the ETO, Ground Floor, Faraday Building. If you are away due to illness, you must contact the ETO to get authorisation to submit the tutorial (immediately upon your return) without any late penalty. All submissions will be officially stamped, and recorded.

Apart from the single marked question, you are expected to mark your own work so that you have an approximate measure of your understanding and progress. There is no need to agonise over its exact value.

You should follow the common marking scheme, in which 40% is considered a pass.

Additional coursework assignments will form part of the assessment.


The project classes are on Monday afternoons between 3.00 and 5.00 p.m. during Semester 2. The mini projects will be introduced in the first project session in Week 1. The design project will be introduced in the project session on Week 5.

Mini Projects

A short project will be issued to the class in the project session of Week 1 in Semester 2, involving planning and costing the construction of the road. You are expected to work in groups and submit the results to the ETO by 16:00 on Monday, Week 5, Semester 2. One submission is required per group (not per person). An award will be given out for the best submission on Week 10 in the project session.

Design Project

The details of the design project will be provided at the start of the course. All work must be submitted to the ETO by 16:00 on Friday, Week 10, Semester 2.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 35% coursework; 65% Degree Examination
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:

- Develop an appreciation for the breadth of Civil Engineering field

- Describe aspects of and solve elementary problems in the fields of structural engineering and water resources.

- Describe various forms of loads experienced by structures and the concept of designing for extreme events.

- Apply static equilibrium to free bodies drawn from civil engineering design situations.

- Apply simple models to predict the internal forces experienced by structural components

- Understand the importance of sketching in problem solving.

- Determine the stability of a gravity dam.

- Calculate simple flow and mass balance problems.

- Explain basic issues in water, soil, and air pollution of urban and rural environments

- Demonstrate appreciation of the balance of economics, environment and ethical issues in the context of sustainability and the challenge of reconciling natural resource limits with current consumption.
Reading List
These books are suitable for 1st, 2nd and part of 3rd year structures courses:

Seward, D. Understanding structures, Analysis, Materials, Design.
Palgrave MacMillan, 4rd edition.

M.S.Williams Structures, Theory and Analysis Macmillian Press

T.H.G.Megson Structural and Stress Analysis Butterworth-Heinemann

R.C.Hibbeler Mechanics of Materials Pearson Education

J.M. Gere Mechanics of Materials Thomson

An excellent background reading book (conceptual material without equations and therefore is an easy and valuable read):

J.E.Gordon Structures or why things don't fall down Penguin (7)

These books are suitable for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year water and environmental engineering courses:

Cornwell, David A (1998) Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Boston, Mass. : WCB McGraw-Hill

Mihelcic, J.R., Zimmerman, J.B. (2010) Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Nazaroff, W.W., Alvarez-Cohen, L. (2001) Environmental Engineering Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc
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Course organiserDr Sarah Christian
Tel: (0131 6)50 5723
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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