Civil Engineering Practice 2 | Abertay University

Civil Engineering Practice 2


This module is intended to prepare students for work within the diverse opportunities provided within the civil engineering profession and to develop essential knowledge and skills in order to contribute to the organisation and management of civil engineering projects.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the practical application of construction management and health and safety to the effective planning and execution of work for sustainable civil engineering projects. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Explain the roles of professionals in dealing with health and safety issues in civil engineering work. 

2.  Plan and manage the construction process by solving construction project problems through application of appropriate project management techniques. 

3.  Develop professional employability skills, identify attributes for personal development and actively engage with CPD to prepare for working within a civil engineering workplace. 




Indicative Content

1 Health and Safety:

CDM and associated regulations, roles obligations and responsibilities under legislation for health and safety. Construction contracts and health and safety.

2 Procurement Strategies, tendering and construction contracts:

Procurement strategies. Management of the design process, estimating and tendering, pre-tender planning. Construction contracts; contract formation, contractual problems. Topical procurement issues.

3 Project Control Tools:

Planning and programming tools and techniques, strategies for managing uncertainty, PERT and related techniques. Cost control systems, quality management.

4 Professional Employability Skills:

Employer/employee relationship. Interview skills and techniques. Presenting a professional CV. Equality and diversity.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The teaching team covers the multi-disciplinary nature of a well-rounded professional education for a civil engineer for a work-placement. Support from the careers team is provided and mock interviews are offered during feedback week to help prepare students for workplace interviews. Teaching will utilise current research developments where relevant.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 0
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 0
Independent 0

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 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.