Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering


Module with emphasise on developing professional standards of communication and research, professional development as a civil engineer and practical application of construction industry skills within a civil engineering context during the pre-construction phase of a project. 


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a range of life-long civil engineering professional skills and an introduction to the diversity of skills of the civil engineer in the development, procurement and sustainable management of construction projects. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Use proprietary software and sketching to produce 2D drawings

2.  Describe and define the key functions and stages of pre-contract construction operations, including health and safety and ethical requirements.

3.  Create and develop an outline design solution to meet client requirements that addresses sustainability issues.

Indicative Content

1 Drawing and Visualisation

Use proprietary software and sketching to produce 2D. Interrogate drawing files to obtain length, area and volume data. Introduction to 3D visualistion and data types.

2 Resource Management:

Introduction to planning the allocation of resources by construction organisations to projects.

3 Pre-construction Phase Activities:

An introduction to the range of activities in construction projects covering: developing and preparing a client brief; procurement strategies and types of contract; introduction to BIM; tendering procedures for typical civil engineering works, sustainable design/environmental management of construction projects, ethical practice and health and safety.



Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This is a module where the teaching emphasis is on practical sessions. There are opportunities for some of the class to undertake leadership/deputy leadership roles in various class activities for short group tasks including group design project. There are opportunities to attend professional body CPD events to enhance the learning experience by meeting a wide and diverse range of practicing engineers.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 40
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 125
Independent 13

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.