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. During the course, students will tackle the design of a large scale hydropower scheme; during the first half of semester they will encounter some of the key ethical and planning issues associated with large scale civil infrastructure; during the second half of semester they will develop an engineering design for a hydropower scheme. These projects introduce the challenges of solving open-ended design problems, and the benefits of group work.
A. Behaviour of Solids and Structures
The behaviour of solid materials and how they react to load underpins all of structural engineering. The Structural engineering lectures will focus on.
- 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 (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. Behaviour of Fluids and Flows
Water is one of the key resources that engineerings must learn how to master. How water is transported and controlled will form a key component of this class.
- Water: the flow of fluids though aqueducts and pipes and the principles that control this behaviour.
- Contamination and treatment.
- Hydrology and water resources.
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.
The project part of the course will be based around a hydropower scheme. The project will be split into two components (1st half of semester, and 2nd half). During the first half, they key ethical issues that surround the development of such a scheme will be explored. During the second, the students will use their knowledge of structures and fluids, to develop a engineerings design for a hydropower project. These projects involve group work within the timetabled hours, and hence you must attend all of the sessions.
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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.
- 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
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||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||Mr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080