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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/07/2022 12:23:03

Title of Module: Civil Engineering Project Design

Code: ENGG11028 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Andrzej   Wrzesien

Summary of Module

This design module is the accretion of technical and professional output after four years of study and work-based learning. It provides a medium in which the professional aspects of the course such as technical skills, sustainability, resilience, management, health and safety, and ethical practices are combined in a process. The aim of the module is to ensure that each graduate can blend into the professional design community by being exposed to real-life problems. This Module also allows students to work on large Civil Engineering projects which require the application of critical decision making and solutions in varying environments, where conditions can be adverse. Even though details of design solutions are critical, this module also explores options towards interdisciplinary design across themes, client ambitions and legislative issues that might guide the design in a particular direction. Upon the submission of the final design, teams are required to present their design effort in a ‘design review’ style of presentation where the panel of assessors scrutinises the proposed design.




  • Civil Engineering Themes The Civil Engineering Project Design (SCQF Level 11) is designed to develop a conceptual design delivered as a part of Project Scheme Design (Trimester 1) into a detailed design. Students are working in the same teams, which were established in the Project Scheme Design Module in Trimester 1. The teams are expected to deliver a complex design service, to cover calculations, drawings, specifications and Bill of Quantities for both sub and superstructures of the building. This part of the final submission is done as a team effort and teams must decide internally how the workload is divided and manage the final design output. Additionally, each individual member of the team is expected to take one of the following design subjects to the detail design level: • Transportation Plan & Traffic Considerations; • Roads, Parking and Footways; • Water Supply; • Foul Sewerage; • Storm Water Drainage; • Waste Management Plans: Construction & Operation; • Environmental Impact; • Site Development Plan. Each team member must clearly demonstrate his/her contribution to the final report and have this contribution confirmed by another team member, who acts as a checker.

  • Design Application Applying design skills towards the detailed design of a large project; critical appraisal of solutions; decision-making process; detailed design of all critical elements to include concept drawings, software applications, calculations.

  • Project Management Procurement strategy for large Civil Engineering project; audit of environmental impact; waste minimisation implementation; design risk statement; CDM issues (2015); value engineering principles; energy; health and safety issues with the specific design. Project costing.

  • Design Proposal/Portfolio Production of the detailed design package; statement on design processes, reflection on decisions made and reasons for choice; demonstration of design innovation in relation to choice of solution. Public display and defence of a design solution to the panel of assessors including industry representatives.

  • This module will support students to develop following UWS graduate attributes: Academic - critical and analytical thinking, inquiring, knowledgeable, digitally literate, innovative, autonomous and problem solving; Personal - ethically minded,effective communicator, creative, imaginative, resilient; Professional - collaborative, enterprising, potential leader, research-minded and socially responsible.

  • ‘Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a 'hybrid' mode. If the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the preferred mode of delivery will be the one approved by the Accrediting Body (JBM) prior to the global pandemic which is a combination of face-to-face scheduled practical classes and asynchronous activities.’

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
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

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

L1. Develop skills in gathering appropriate information with a view to completing a structured and critical appraisal of design brief, taking into account conceptual thing and options appraisal that was previously proposed in Project Scheme Design module (JBM LO iii).

L2. Apply suitable analysis methods to solve a variety of problems relevant to a complex design project. Demonstrate enhanced expert technical knowledge and integration of the general principles of Civil Engineering design and associated design techniques (JBM LOs iv & viii*).

L3. Consider the range of options and solutions, taking into consideration likely commercial risk in relation to project success. Formulate and deliver creative solutions to a range of problems. Understand the importance of the teamwork but also be able to establish a personal role in a successfully delivery of the complex design (JBM LOs xi & xix*).

L4. Fully Account for economic, environmental and social impacts of proposed design solutions, taking into account research that would be carried out using 3rd party resources with a view to making informed decisions (JBM LOs vii & xiii*).

L5. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in the solution of diverse Civil Engineering problems and present solutions to both specialist and lay audiences (JBM LOs xx*).

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 11.

A Critical understanding and embedment of the main technical theories, concepts and principles within Civil Engineering Design.

An overall professional knowledge and integration of the main specialist areas of the Civil Engineering profession in relation to its disciplines and specialisms into the overall design and development of an associated project.

A critical awareness of current issues within the Civil Engineering, and within its subdivision/specialisms.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

In the demonstration of originality and creativity, including Civil Engineering practice and application, whilst practising within a wide and often changeable variety of environments.

Develop expertise in a range of specialised Civil Engineering skills, techniques, practices and associated materials that are at the forefront of, and are informed by recent developments in industry practice.

Gain expertise in using a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the Civil Engineering Profession.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

The Application of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis towards current issues in relation to Civil Engineering Design.

Identify, conceptualise and define specific problems and issues within a specific Civil Engineering Design challenge.

Critically review, consolidate and broaden knowledge, skills, practices and thinking within the discipline of Civil Engineering in order to solve a design issue.

Deal with complex design issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicate, using appropriate Civil Engineering methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise within a design team.

Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.

Use a wide range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit the purpose of the associated task within a design environment.

Undertake critical evaluations in relation to design progress, with the use of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in Civil Engineering professional and technical activities, whilst managing complex issues and make informed judgements, especially in the absence of current professional codes/practices.

Take responsibility for own work and also take significant responsibility for the work of others within a team environment.

Work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners and practise in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Demonstrate leadership and initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and new thinking in relation to Civil Engineering design.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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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
Lectures will enhance earlier material learned within Trimester 1 and 2. They will bring expert design application experience, especially from case histories and this experience will encourage student application to the required standard.
Tutorials (seminars) and studio sessions (workshops) will challenge the purpose of design, develop a risk-averse solution, and articulate the inter-connection across Civil Engineering themes; expert input will also be essential for the success of the module.
Tutorials will provide a forum for sharing and testing design solutions with fellow students, staff and industrialists, and will facilitate professional teamwork.
Students will be directed to read appropriate material to assist with their learning and overall progress.
Students will be provided with the assistance from external professional colleagues/experts and/or from UWS Academic Staff. The professional support will be provided through industry guest lectures/project consultation sessions or via email correspondence. Particular attention is being made to guide students on some of the aspects, which are not often covered by the curriculum such as professional conduct, engineering ethics, and dealing with crises such as consequences of site accidents. These topics are delivered by industry professionals who talk about their personal work experiences. The up-to-date Health & Safety policies and practical precautions are also covered for specific Civil Engineering disciplines based on the themes chosen by the students.
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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study164
200 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:

A bibliography of case studies, books, Code of Practice, Journal Publications, Design Guides, Planning Policy Statements, strategic publications and web resources are adjusted to the project brief development and the design work. These are provided for the wide range of disciplines within Civil Engineering and the Built Environment and will cover aspects of conceptual design, standards and professional practice based on topics selected by the design team.

(**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
ModeratorA. Earij
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsAccredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Technical MSc and meeting Further Learning requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework 1: Overall Design Structure & Strategy. The students are expected to produce a group report on their design philosophy in relation to their overall project. They will show evidence of options appraisal and this will carry 10% of the total mark.
Coursework 2: Overall Design Folio. This is where the overall design is submitted as a folio/document covering a range of specialisms such as water supply, structural design, roads/transport, materials, ground engineering, environmental etc. This will be an individual submission within an overall folio and will carry 80% of the overall mark.
Coursework 3: Final Design Presentation: An industrial Panel will be involved in assisting with the review of the design solutions, and associated students' defence of the preferred solution. This will be presented as a group, but each student will be assessed on their ability to defend their aspect of the design.
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck mark    200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work check markcheck markcheck mark 700

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation    check mark103
Combined Total For All Components100% 3 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.
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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