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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/03/2021 19:27:42

Title of Module: Civil Engineering Honours Project

Code: ENGG10012 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Wenzhong  Zhu

Summary of Module

This module is supported by a number of scheduled introductory lectures and workshops which provide relevant background, project methodology and project support (e.g. project selection, planning and execution, requirements and assessment, information gathering, literature review and referencing, health & safety and risk assessment, ethical issues and approval process, statistical data analysis and introduction to design of experiment, etc). Optional lectures covering various specific aspects of individual project work and dissertation are also provided during the course of the module.

Individual project topics will normally arise from one of three sources. 

  1. the interests of a member of staff;
  2. a field of practical interest identified by the student him/herself;
  3. an area of industrial relevance to the student's vocational training.

Prior to embarking on the work of the Project, each student will be issued with a 'Project Handbook' detailing the various aspects of project work, requirements and assessment.

The Project will be carried out at the University, with personal guidance being provided by a Project Supervisor and a Project Moderator. The Supervisor will provide day-to-day management, whilst the Moderator will give access to broader specialist assistance. The student will hold regular meetings with the Supervisor and/or the Moderator.

Three components will combine to make up the overall assessment. These are

  1. written project report/dissertation - assessed at 60%
  2. continuous assessment of performance – assessed at 20%
  3. oral presentation/defence – assessed at 20%
  • This module will work to develop a number of the following key 'I am UWS' graduate attributes: Critical thinker, Analytical, Inquiring, Collaborative, Research-minded, Knowledgeable, Effective communicator, Autonomous, Problem solver, Innovative and Driven.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. L1. Plan, organize and carry out an in-depth independent study in an appropriate design/engineering/project management area.

L2. L2. Apply sound engineering knowledge/design principles and prepare research/design solutions/tools to an engineering application.

L3. L3. Analyse critically and communicate clearly and concisely the work and findings of the individual study.

L4. L4. Prepare and give an oral presentation of the project and oral defence of the work.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

• Develop and consolidate knowledge and understanding of some more advanced aspects of civil engineering.
• Have an appreciation the wider aspects of civil engineering practice and design, along with critical awareness of the needs and pressures of a modern industrial society (e.g. cost, safety & risk management, sustainability, environment, professionalism and ethics, etc).

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

• Define and execute a project of research, development and/or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.
• Possess practical engineering skills acquired through individual and group project work, through design work and in the development and use of computer software in design and analysis.
• Use creativity and innovation.
• Further application of the use of technical literature and other information sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

• Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in civil engineering and project management areas.
• Be able to apply appropriate quantitative methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
• Develop critical thinking skills and professional judgements.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

• Make formal presentations about specialized topics to informed audiences.
• Ability to apply computer software in order to solve civil engineering problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

• Exercising autonomy and initiative in addressing an engineering problem
• Further develop skills in planning self-learning and appreciation the need for continuing professional development.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include introductory lectures, specific talks/workshops/demonstrations, and topic research and individual project activities.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop3
Independent Study379
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Various handout material, including Civil Engineering Honours Project Handbook
Various Module resource materials, available on ‘Moodle’
Other materials is dependent on individual project title.

Extension Resources:
Softwares, e.g. Oasys GSA (General structural analysis), by Arup
Various journals/books and databases, e.g. ICE proceedings, Construction information services, British Standard online, etc
Other materials is dependent on individual project title.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorAndrzej Wrzesien
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written Dissertation - 60%, Project Activity - 20%, and Oral Presentation and Defence - 20%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck mark 600
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning log check markcheck mark 200
Presentation   check mark200.5
Combined Total For All Components100% 0.5 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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