Civil Engineering Placement | Abertay University

Civil Engineering Placement


Placement is a planned part of a student's education and training. It is a complement to and an extension of the work undertaken whilst at university and provides an opportunity for each individual student to accept responsibility for their own personal and professional development, learning and training. 


This Module is designed to provide the student with a structured and practical experience of the world of work within the area of Civil Engineering and to provide them with an opportunity to develop their personal and interpersonal skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Appreciate the need for sustained commitment to learning and adapting to a changing work environment through self reflection and assessment 

2.  Demonstrate the ability to operate safely and effectively within the work place setting and environment 

3.  Demonstrate use of specific knowledge and skills 

4.  Appreciate the range and level of communication skills required within the work setting (colleagues, other organisations and professions, clients/customers). 

5.  Evaluate the structure, major activities and responsibilities of the organisation

Indicative Content

1 Preparation

Final preparation for placement building on Civil Engineering Practice module

2 Placement:

Individual learning experiences will vary depending on the organisation to which a student is attached. Each student will undertake unpaid work placement for the whole of the semester. All students are visited at least once during their placement period by their university supervisor.

3 Debriefing:

Follows immediately upon completion of the period of work placement and is designed to offer guidance to the student in order to better enable them to transfer their learning experience back into the university-based setting and for consideration for future learning.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students gain work based learning (WBL) experience through working in a professional environment. Students are assessed through performance during the placement, log book, report and presentation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 600
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 25
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 35
Independent 540

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.