Module details for 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.



Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 40
Assessment 125
Independent 13
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.