MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

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
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.


  • 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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