BEng Civil Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Civil Engineering Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code ENGM12112
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit is designed around the content of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) ‘Civil Engineering Procedure - 7th edition’,  the ‘APM Body of Knowledge – 6th edition’, and the RIBA ‘Plan of Work 2013’ in order to provide students with a structured approach to understanding modern civil engineering projects.  Students will cover theoretical concepts related to project management, risk management, health and safety (in particularly CDM15), procurement, sustainability and engineering; their understanding of these concepts will be developed further through a series of four group tasks that are to be undertaken through analysis of a ‘live-case study’: Network Rail Tenanted Arches project. 

The course draws knowledge from a multi-disciplinary team of teaching staff, and civil/structural engineering professionals working within the construction industry to provide students with an opportunity to learn from those practicing the principle built environment disciplines.  The ‘live-case study’ project is used as the basis for the coursework tasks that will immerse students in the realities of professional practice through guest speakers and site visits.


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


• Uncover the complexities that characterise contemporary infrastructure projects and the role of the civil engineer in a professional practice context (with a particular emphasis on project management (including risk management)).
• Expose students to the structure of the UK civil engineering industry and provide insights into the broader social, economic, environmental and legislative pressures that may exist.
• Foster students’ awareness of common forms of procurement and contract in order to evaluate their relative characteristics, when applied to civil engineering projects.
• Advance students’ knowledge of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and equip students with the skills to undertake residual hazard assessment of design solutions.
• Equip students with the skills and confidence to work effectively in a team as well as individually.


Week 1: Introduction to Unit MACE12112 and Group Assessment.

Week 2: The APM Body of Knowledge (BoK) & Civil Engineering Project Life-cycle.

Week 3: Sustainability & Schemes.

Week 4: Engineering Risk Management.

Week 5: Procurement, Engineering Contracts & Risk.

Week 6: Project Appraisal, Evaluation & Risk.

Week 7: Stakeholder Management & Risk.

Week 8: Health & Safety.

Week 9: Case Study (Guest speaker)

Week 10: Revision Lecture

Week 11: Final Group Presentations

Week 12: Multiple Choice Question Assessment (MCQ Test) - PC Cluster

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Report 40%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Feedback methods

One week after MCQ test via BlackBoard

Numerical mark and feedback report for each task within two weeks of submission

In-class group oral presentation in weeks 11&12

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 39
Tutorials 7
Independent study hours
Independent study 30

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mohamed Abadi Unit coordinator

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