Undergraduate Course: Civil Engineering 1 (CIVE08001)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introduction to the civil engineering profession. Civil engineers design, build and maintain infrastructure. We work on bridges, tunnels, railways, water supply systems, buildings and flood defences and help tackle many of the big challenges (such as population growth and climate change) that face society. Civil engineering is a creative discipline that tackles complex problems, underpinned by theory, knowledge, and experience.
Civil Engineering 1 starts to develop your technical knowledge by describing theoretical tools that are essential to civil engineers. These include structural analysis (to understand how bridges and buildings stand up), together with methods that describe water, transport, fire, and construction. The course also introduces other tools required in the profession, including design, sustainability and ethics. Students tackle three projects during the course: a road design, a bridge assessment, and a large-scale hydropower scheme design. These introduce the challenges of solving open-ended design problems, and the benefits of group work.
A. Structural Engineering
Static equilibrium is the first fundamental building block needed by a structural engineer and is the main focus of the structural engineering lectures.
- Static equilibrium, force resolution, couples and moments (2D and 3D), overall stability.
- Free body diagrams, internal forces and moments.
- Application of free body diagrams to understand the forces within different types of structure (e.g. buildings, bridges, towers, dams).
- Different types of structural form (trusses, beams, three-pin arches, suspension and cable-stayed structures).
- An introduction to structural materials and assessment of structural strength (based on a simple maximum stress criteria).
B. Civil Engineering
- Water: the hydrological cycle, water treatment, waste water, flooding, groundwater and contamination.
- Construction materials.
- Transport systems: highways, rail.
- Fire safety engineering.
- Civil engineering construction.
C. Introductions to other areas of Civil Engineering
- The civil engineering profession.
- Health, safety and welfare.
- Ethics in civil engineering.
- Sustainability in civil engineering.
- The engineer's toolbox: the role of sketches, drawings, calculations, communication, and computers in civil engineering.
The topics introduced in the lectures will be explored and practised in the tutorial sessions. These will be based on tutorial question sheets that students tackle in their own time, so that they can be discussed during the timetabled tutorial session. The tutorials will not be marked or assessed, but example solutions will be provided that allow you to self-assess your work.
Three projects will be tackled on road design, bridge assessment, and hydropower scheme design. These projects involve group work within the timetabled hours, and hence you must attend all of the sessions.
The first two projects involve the design, planning, and costing of a new road, and the assessment of a footbridge. They will be issued during the Week 1 tutorial session, and are due to be submitted in Week 5.
The third project is more substantial, and involves the design of a large-scale hydropower scheme in the Scottish Highlands. This is a substantial design project for which there are many possible solutions. The project is an introduction to the open-ended and iterative nature of major design projects: the challenge is to not only find a solution that works, but to refine the design to find the optimal solution. This project will run from Week 6 to the end of the semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 31,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||35% coursework; 65% Degree Examination
Bridge Project - 20%
Road Project - 20%
Hydropower Project - 60%
||Facilitated discussion is used to provide feedback on students' tutorial work and to help them develop good learning methods.
Written proforma feedback is provided upon design project work.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the civil engineering profession.
- Interpret and illustrate basic concepts in structural engineering, including static equilibrium and free body diagrams.
- Interpret and illustrate basic concepts of civil engineering, including the water cycle, water and wastewater treatment, materials in civil engineering, road and rail transport systems and fire safety.
- Tackle an open-ended design problem that does not have a single correct answer.
- Use basic drawing, team working, written and verbal communication skills to solve engineering problems.
|General background to civil and structural engineering (conceptual material without equations and relatively easy and valuable to read):|
- J.E.Gordon, Structures or why things don't fall down, Penguin (£7)
- D. Blockley, Structural Engineering - A very short introduction, Oxford
- D. Muir Wood, Civil Engineering - A very short introduction, Oxford
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
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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attendance at all timetabled sessions is necessary to complete the design project work and is recorded. Repeated absence without good reason will result in reductions in group design project marks.
|Course organiser||Dr Angus Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 7247
|Course secretary||Miss Hannah Ross
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687