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Unit information: Civil Engineering Practice in 2021/22

Unit name Civil Engineering Practice
Unit code CENG30019
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Norman
Open unit status Not open

CENG20020 or equivalent industrial experience on placement



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit, students will learn and develop core skills required to design effective solutions to engineering problems and practice as a professional engineer. Over the course of a series of group projects students will develop several professional skills. These include (but are not limited to):

The conceptual design of multi-disciplinary projects from brief development of the brief to delivery of conceptual design.

Continuous assessment of project risks throughout the design process.

All students are expected to be plan and manage their effective contributions to group working. This will be delivered by students working collaboratively.

Develop knowledge and practical skills, in the areas of project and cost management, at the schemes’ concept and detailed levels.

Each project will require students to communication their design effectively through several different mediums.

By utilising the professional practice of recording and reviewing their experience on projects against set criteria students will cultivate self-learning tools which are widely recognised in industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful engagement with the unit, students will be able to:

1. Process and analyse potentially conflicting data. Then determine the appropriate parameters to design real civil infrastructure engineering projects at the concept and planning stages.

2. Integrate engineering knowledge, and skills and practices, to generate innovative, safe, viable and buildable options, presented in a variety of formats for different stakeholders.

3. Evaluate the sustainability, environmental, societal, whole life, and commercial impacts of the projects. Demonstrate how the solution works within a project’s, political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal constraints (PESTEL). Review, health, safety, and ethical challenges by assessing risks and opportunities, then action these in effective design.

4. Actively contribute towards challenging project objectives through inclusive team working practices.

5. Develop planning, leadership, management, resource use and communication skills.

6. Undertake in depth self-learning and reflection to improve professional performance, as a basis for lifelong learning and Continuing Professional Development.

Teaching Information

The unit will have a blended learning approach incorporating a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, seminars, and practical classes, as well as several self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

60% Group project (ILOs1-5)

20% Development Portfolio (ILOs3-6)

20% Interview (ILOs3-6)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.