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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY Programme Specification BEng Civil Engineering Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in Module Specifications and other programme documentation and online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/ The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Awarding body/institution; Loughborough University Teaching institution); Loughborough University Details of accreditation by a The Joint Board of Moderators, on behalf of professional/statutory body; Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, and Institution of Highways and Transportation Name of the final award; BEng(Hons) or BEng(Hons) with DIS Programme title; Civil Engineering UCAS code; H200 3yr full-time, H201 4yr sandwich Date at which the programme Revised 10.8.10 specification was written or revised. 1. Aims of the programme: This programme aims to: provide a high quality educational experience that develops and sustains students knowledge, skills and aspirations in preparation for a career in the construction industry; provide a broad and well balanced degree programme that develops students’ analytical skills to an appropriate depth over the full range of core engineering subject areas, thus equipping them for employment across all fields of the civil engineering industry; provide a programme of study with emphasis on industrial relevance that will produce graduates that are attractive to industry, and who have the potential – with Further Learning – to take responsibility for innovation and change; Page 1 develop analytical and transferable skills that will enable students to gain employment in a wide variety of professions; and, help students successfully achieve their personal goals and make a valuable contribution to society. 2. Relevant subject benchmark statements: The modular BEng programmes were first introduced in 1995. The aims, intended learning outcomes and curriculum are continually reviewed and currently take account of UK-SPEC, the 2005 JBM Accreditation Guidelines, the 2006 QAA Engineering Benchmark statements for Engineering, and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, as well as input from our industrial contacts. 3. Intended Learning Outcomes When students have completed the BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering, and if they have taken full advantage of the opportunities for learning that we provide, they should have gained: Knowledge and understanding of: 1 mathematics, science and engineering principles in the field of structures, geotechnics, water engineering and surveying 2 properties, behaviour, fabrication and use of relevant materials 3 construction technology and civil engineering practice 4 construction management and contract procedure 5 the role of codes of practice and regularity framework in design and practice 6 principles of design techniques specific to civil engineering 7 principles of relevant information technology 8 the role of the professional engineer in society, including health, safety and environmental issues The thinking skills to: 1 demonstrate competence in identifying, defining and solving engineering problems 2 apply appropriate mathematical and computer-based methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems 3 apply appropriate knowledge of techniques and codes of practice to the design of components and systems 4 demonstrate proficiency in the evaluation and integration of information and processes in project work 5 display the skills necessary to define, conduct and report on an original research project 6 Apply engineering principles, theories and methods in a professional environment through a twelve month period of work experience (DIS programme only). The practical skills to: 1 use laboratory and field equipment competently and safely 2 observe, record, process and analyse data from the laboratory and field 3 use computational tools and packages 4 prepare technical reports and give technical presentations 5 prepare technical drawings, both manually and using CAD Page 2 6 apply knowledge and skills in a professional environment through a twelve month period of work experience (DIS students only) The Key skills to: 1 communicate effectively using written, oral and graphical skills 2 use IT effectively (WP, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, CAD, email, WWW and specialist software) 3 use mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer 4 work independently 5 work in a team environment 6 manage workloads and time effectively 7 work with limited or contradictory information 8 monitor, plan and reflect upon personal, educational and career development (Personal Development Planning) Learning and Teaching methods Acquisition of the above knowledge, understanding and skills is through a combination of lectures, tutorials/examples classes, seminars, laboratory work, field work, practical classes, teamwork projects, an individual research project, industrial training (DIS students only), private study and coursework throughout the programme. Assessment Knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework in the form of laboratory reports, problem solving exercises, design projects, field course reports, oral presentations, essays, multiple- choice questionnaires and a research project report and presentation. The assessment over the whole programme is split approximately equally between examinations and coursework. 4. Programme structure The BEng(Hons) programme in Civil Engineering is offered as a full-time programme of three years or a sandwich programme of four years if taken with the optional year of industrial training leading to the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). Transfer to the MEng is possible at the end of Part B. Each Part (academic year) of the programme is taught in two semesters and students study modules with a combined weight of 60 credits in each semester. Full details of the programme regulations can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/lps/progreg/year/1112/index.htm 5. Criteria for admission to the programme Applicants must satisfy the general requirements of the University and one of the following programme requirements: A level qualifications ABB at A2 level, including Mathematics and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Page 3 VCE qualifications 320 points from 18 units (either VCE units alone or a combination of VCE units and AS or A level units), including at least grade B in the mathematics units. BTEC HNC/HND Year 1 entry: averaging distinction with distinction in engineering mathematics. Year 2 entry: majority of Distinctions at Level 4 (including Engineering Mathematics) BTEC NA/NC/ND 320 points from 18 units (either BTEC National units alone or a combination of BTEC National units and AS or A level units), including Distinctions in mathematics units (BTEC) and/or at least grade B in Mathematics (A or AS level). International Baccalaureate 34 points, including at least 5 in Mathematics (at Higher level) and Physics European Baccalaureate 75% (including English) French Baccalaureate Overall score of 14 points (including English and mathematics) Advanced Scottish Highers AB including Mathematics Scottish Highers ABBBB, including at least grade B in Mathematics Irish Highers 320 points from four Highers, including Mathematics at grade B French Baccalaureate 16 (including English) Second year entry Second year entry may be offered to candidates with appropriate qualifications. Examples include diplomas from Malaysia and Singapore, higher diplomas from Hong Kong, and HNDs from the UK. Additional requirements GCSE Physics or Double Science grade C 6. Information about assessment regulations Criteria for progression and Degree Award In order to progress from Parts A or B, or to qualify for the award of an Honours Degree in Part C, candidates must obtain at least 40% in modules worth 120 credits in each Part. Candidates in Part B who satisfy the progression requirements of the MEng programme in Civil Engineering and who normally achieve an average percentage mark of 60% in Parts A and B are eligible to transfer to the MEng programme should they wish. Relative weighting of parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree classification Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance of degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average Percentage Mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40%:Part B 60% to determine the final Programme Mark. Page 4 Re-assessment Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right to re-assessment Part A, or B of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University's special assessment period. 7. What makes the programme distinctive The programme prepares students for a career in the construction industry by providing a broad-based education in civil engineering with a wide range of options available in the final year. Our graduates continue to be popular with industry and the employment record for our civil engineering graduates is excellent. . The programme has an option of an industrial placement year, taken after the second year at university. Successful completion of this leads to the award of Diploma of Industrial Studies (DIS). There is strong demand from industry for our second year students that opt for the DIS year. Reports from employers are generally very positive, and many graduates are subsequently employed by the companies with whom they undertook industrial training. In the National Student Surveys (2005 -2009), designed to measure the level of students' satisfaction with their university experience, the department achieved very high rankings, including two in first place for the Civil Engineering category. In the most recent survey the Civil Engineering programmes were ranked joint 3rd with 97% student satisfaction The programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Institution of Highways and Transportation. The last JBM visit was in February 2006, and amongst the examples highlighted for inclusion in the JBM’s annual report were our excellent links with industry, the industrial placement opportunities and employment opportunities for large numbers of students. The department’s Industrial Sponsorship Scheme, set up in 2001, was originally set up to give first year MEng students the opportunity to apply for sponsorship during their first year but, at the request of the Sponsor’s Consortium, has now been extended to include second year BEng students who are performing at an appropriate level. 8. Particular support for learning: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/templateshop/notes/lps/ 9. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning: The University’s formal quality management and reporting procedures are laid out in its Academic Quality Procedures Handbook, available online at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/policy/aqp/index.htm These are under the overall direction of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching). Page 5