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Civil Engineering: an Introduction

Civil Engineering: an Introduction

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A one-week summer course for adult learners, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

Civil engineers search for the most economical and efficient solutions for the civil engineering problems that they are tasked with solving on any given project. They seek to exploit the mechanical properties of the materials being used in order to control these properties to suit the project requirements and understand the nature of the properties of the materials that a project presents them with.

This course will set out the unique characteristics of civil engineering projects that civil engineers need to take into account including an overview of regulations that provide the legal basis for the design, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of civil infrastructure projects. It will critically review the key factors in selecting building structures and components and provide students with practical experience in determining planning considerations such as the accurate identification of masonry, stresses and strains, beams and flooring and so on.

The course will then shift its attention to the technical aspects pertaining to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork and will provide coverage and practical skills development related to beam structures and loadings. Thus, by linking structural engineering to civil engineering students will develop highly valued skills in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the behaviour along with experience in the design of beams and triangulated frameworks.

Throughout the course there will be case studies to illustrate pertinent issues that will include bridges, dams, buildings and so on and the major challenges for the civil engineering community will be critically debated and discussed with a view to future developments. Challenges and problems here could include: estimating sea levels; improving disaster management through new infrastructure techniques; reducing soil erosion;improving the energy efficiency of buildings; managing groundwater; monitoring the health of infrastructure; reducing traffic congestion; improving construction productivity; and construction site safety.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • Real world challenges facing civil engineers and use the theories and models presented on the course to work out solutions to these problems, by having up to date knowledge.
  • How to use a project based sustainable civil engineering framework to determine how to manage these projects efficiently and effectively
  • The forefront of civil engineering projects and get ahead of the curve through an analysis of the cutting edge challenges facing civil engineers in the coming years

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Civil Engineering- an overview of the subject areas and current challenges
Seminar 1: Civil Engineering project processes- applying the processes to a real world scenario
Tuesday Lecture 2: Building components and structures-the basic requirements of a building and sustainable civil engineering
Seminar 2: Planning the construction of a building- problem solving and decision making
Wednesday Lecture 3: The behaviour and design of beams and triangulated frameworks. Structural Behaviour of elements in reinforced steel and concrete and steelwork
Seminar 3: Project scenario- assessing site and project constraints  followed by an evaluation of  possible solutions in terms of efficiency, cost, practicality, aesthetics, risk, time, quality, safety, the environment, and sustainability
Thursday Lecture 4: Materials, equipment and processes that are used in the design and construction of civil engineering project
Seminar 4: Mini civil engineering design project
Friday Lecture 5: Civil Engineering-looking forward
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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