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Unit information: Systems and Surveying 1 in 2014/15

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Unit name Systems and Surveying 1
Unit code CENG16200
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Taylor
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Systems: It is becoming increasingly recognised that in modern engineering the 'hard' technical systems of engineering science and technology operate within the 'soft' systems of art/experience, processes and culture. They are however not separate but intimately linked.

This unit aims to provide an introduction to this integration by:

  • Showing how systems thinking and learning integrates the different disciplines of engineering;
  • Showing how the different disciplines have a common basis in Engineering Mechanics;
  • Showing how hard systems are embedded in soft systems;
  • showing the importance of paying attention to the soft systems;
  • showing how mastery of communication and learning is at the heart of successful systems integration.

Students will be able to develop their teamwork and leadership skills through Surveying while acquiring some practical surveying skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  • describe the main players in the construction process;
  • describe some models of individual and team learning and relate these to their own experiences;
  • describe the importance of teamwork and team learning;
  • outline the basics of the systems approach;
  • describe how engineers use models;
  • write down the factors to be considered in any communications exercise;
  • write a good job application letter, CV, and critique a book;
  • know how to behave in a safe manner in the University and on a construction site.
  • explain and apply principles to a range of engineering problems including areas such as structures, geotechnics and fluids;
  • analyse the dimensions of equations and basic problems;
  • use basic principles of geometry and trigonometry as applied to engineering problems;
  • solve a range of problems in the area of engineering mechanics.
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles of surveying appropriate to the construction industry by carrying out calculations, sketching and drawing;
  • be able to use practical surveying techniques in the field.

Teaching Information

Lectures, example classes, laboratories, guided reading and residential field course.

Assessment Information

The Soft Systems element (25%) is assessed by project work with a pass mark of 40%. The Hard Systems element (25%) is assessed by a written exam with a pass mark of 60%.

Surveying element (worth 50%) of the course is assessed through a theory test (15%) and coursework (35%) during residential field course.

Hard Systems element must be passed before the credit points for the unit can be awarded.

Reading and References

  • Gardner, H. (2006) Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice., Basic Books, US
  • Smith, A. (2003), Accelerated Learning in Practice: Brain-based Methods for Accelerating Motivation and Achievement (Accelerated Learning), Network Educational Press, Stafford
  • Goleman, D. (2005) Emotional Intelligence
  • Letts study guides (A-level Physics, A-level Maths).
  • Schofield, W. Engineering Surveying, 5th Ed, 2001. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Irvine, W. Surveying for Construction, 4th Ed, 1995. McGraw Hill