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Undergraduate Course: Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Construction 3 (CIVE09037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCivil Engineering is primarily concerned with the delivery of physical infrastructure, those structures and facilities that are needed for the effective operation of a society. This course will provide an introduction to the theory of infrastructure, why it is important and the issues facing future infrastructure via a focus on transportation. It will also allow an understanding of the civil engineering construction processes needed to provide infrastructure, of how contractors operate and how the work that they do is provided in a safe and effective manner with due regard for the environment, and an understanding and practical experience of how engineering surveying techniques are used in civil engineering construction projects. The course will also provide selected elements of transportation engineering: long term strategic planning; highway pavements; introduction to high speed railway engineering.
Course description The course will be a full-year course, that is spanning both semesters. During this time the course will cover a diverse range of topics encompassing the delivery and management of our physical infrastructure. Many topics are delivered in conjunction with expertise from selected Industry Experts. Topics will be:

- Infrastructure history and future, civil engineering construction and Construction Resources
- Construction processes: Typical Civil Engineering construction activities such as Cranage, Roadworks, Earthworks & Earthmoving, Concreting and Drainage
- Temporary Works in Civil Engineering Construction (with Galliford Try)
- Safety Management in Construction (with Wates Construction)
- Risk management in construction and infrastructure delivery
- Construction and Infrastructure Management Site Visits (if Covid restrictions permit)
- Long Term Transportation Planning Surveying & Modelling
- Transportation Model Building (with Sweco)
- Highway Junction Design
- Transport System Infrastructure: Highways & Railways
- Construction Surveying - Principles
- Construction Surveying - methods: Levelling, Triangulation, Traverse, Mapping and Setting Out
- Surveying Field Course - practical exercises and mapping
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Conceptual Design and Sustainability for Civil Engineers 3 (CIVE09034)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, External Visit Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Other Study Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self Directed Learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 40 (2 hr x 4 Q)
Practical Exam %: 0
Coursework %: 60 (3x Coursework items)
1. Transport and Traffic (12%)
2. Temporary Works (12%)
3. Surveying Fieldwork (36%)
Feedback 1. Mid-semester feedback during both Semester 1 and Semester 2
2. Transport and Traffic coursework in Semester 1
3. Construction coursework in Semester 2
4. Surveying coursework at end of Semester 2
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, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the importance of infrastructure, its sectors, its issues, its history and its future;
  2. Undertake analyses in transport planning;
  3. Understand the key processes involved in planning and surveying for the delivery of civil engineering construction projects together with an elementary ability in core surveying skills;;
  4. Appreciate the breadth of temporary works measures needed for civil engineering construction and be able to propose simple temporary works for common construction applications; 6. Understand the theory of risk management in an engineering context and apply that theory in a construction context.
  5. Understand the theory of safety and risk management in an engineering context and apply that theory in a construction content.
Reading List
Harris & McCaffer -Modern Construction Management, Blackwell, 6th Edition, 2006

Sherratt, F -Introduction to Construction Management, Routledge, 2015 (Online access:

Hall, J. W., Tran, M., Hickford, A. J., & Nicholls, R. J. (2016). The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach. Cambridge University Press. (Online access:

Highway Traffic Analysis & Design Design 3rd Edition, R.J. Salter& N.B. Hounsell, MacMillan, 3rdedition, 1996

Connolly, D.P.& Forde, M.C. (2015) Use of conventional site investigation parameters to calculate critical velocity of trains from Rayleigh waves, Transportation Research Record 2476, pp. 32-36

Uren, J., & Price, W. F. (2010). Surveying for engineers 5th Edition. Macmillan International Higher Education.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is delivered all in-person by a series of lectures and seminars. There is no online delivery, although pre-recorded materials will be available.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Reilly
Tel: (01316) 517073
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