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Unit information: Design and Computing 1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Design and Computing 1
Unit code CENG16300
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Crewe
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Overall Aim: To introduce and develop some basic engineering design skills and develop key skills in some of the main engineering software packages. Design : To enable students to develop an understanding of engineering design and to develop some basic design skills. Computing: To enable students to develop an understanding of the role of computers in engineering and to develop some basic skills using a few key software packages.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will:

  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the environmental, economic, social, professional and interdisciplinary contexts, scope and purpose of civil engineering in delivering sustainable development;
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of how civil engineering fulfils its purpose through design as a process of individual and collective learning;
  • demonstrate ability to formulate and solve complex civil engineering problems at the conceptual and detailed levels;
  • demonstrate ability to plan and manage the design process, including an appreciation of the role of formal processes and codified design rules;
  • demonstrate ability in basic graphical communication (e.g. sketching and technical drawing), and in written and oral presentation.
  • have an understanding of the role of computation in civil engineering;
  • have developed basic skills in computer coding;
  • have been introduced to the use of MATLAB programming environment for engineering computation purposes;
  • be able to draft basic drawings and objects using AutoCAD

Teaching details

Lectures, design classes, computer classes and laboratories

Assessment Details

The whole unit will be assessed through coursework/projects: Systems analysis project (15%), Drawing exercises and Design & Build project (20%), Conceptual design project (15%) and computing practical (50%).

Reading and References

  • BSI Education. Construction Drawing Practice for Universities and Colleges (PP7319), 1989 (out of print, copies in Engineering Library).
  • Jude D.V. and Matkin R.B. Civil Engineering Drawing, 1983 (out of print, copies in Engineering Library).
  • Online resources associated with the packages used in the unit.