HND in Civil Engineering - Construction
The HND Civil Engineering course is underpinned by design principles, science and application of mathematical techniques. You will study a range of modules such as site surveying, structural design and hydraulic principles. You will also gain a thorough understanding of design processes, principles and concepts.
The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector, and their national recognition by employers allows progression into employment.
This Level 5 HND in Civil Engineering and the Built Environment is a two year, full-time course which aims to prepare and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for working within the civil engineering industry, in fields such as management.
Following our Higher Education Review in 2015, the Quality Assurance Agency highlights as good practice: “The clear focus on student employability and the established links with employers”. Birmingham has some major engineering projects planned for the future such as HS2 and Birmingham's Big City Plan.
What areas will I study?
Units studied are as follows:
- Group project (Pearson-set)
- Further mathematics for construction
- Geotechnics & soil mechanics
- Advanced structural design
- Highway engineering
- Alternative methods of construction
Group project (Pearson-set) (30 credits) Through this collaborative project-based unit, students will explore how to define roles within a collaborative team, recognising the skills (and ‘skills gaps’) of each member of the group. Together students will work to develop a construction project; based on their research and analysis, in response to the Pearson-set ‘theme’.
Further mathematics for construction (15 credits) Among the topics included in this unit are: number theory, complex numbers, matrix theory, linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and graphical representations of curves for estimation within an engineering context. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of calculus to discover how to model and solve problems using first and second order differential equations.
Geotechnics and soil mechanics (15 credits) This unit explores the essential relationship between civil engineering and the Earth’s crust, in the support of built structures and highways. Topics included in this unit are: rock types, soil description and classification, methods and techniques used when undertaking site investigations and laboratory testing, determination of soil properties and the importance of these geotechnical procedures and resultant findings to civil engineers.
Advanced structural design (15 credits) In managing the design and construction of modern structures, the civil or structural engineer must be able to carry out more complex calculations; dealing with dynamic conditions, while maintaining an awareness of the overall design intention.
Alternative methods of construction (15 credits) The construction industry seeks to be dynamic and forward thinking, but in reality, most buildings are still constructed using many of the same materials and processes that have been utilised for centuries. The construction industry is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions and is under increasing pressure, and legislation, to improve its processes and practices.
Highway engineering (15 credits) This unit explores the planning, design, construction and maintenance of our road infrastructure; including the supporting structures such as tunnels, bridges and full pavement construction. On successful completion of this unit students will be able describe a new route process for a highway as well as explaining civil engineering aspects, including pavement types.
Hydraulics (15 credits) The action, management and distribution of fluids, in relation to built structures, is critical. In civil engineering, it is necessary to ensure that we are able to manage the pressures that water may put on structures, either through its flow or the forces exerted and how to resist these fluids are dynamic; their behaviour changes based on a range of factors. Thus, the ability to estimate and manage their forces, rates of flow and suitable systems for control requires specialised calculations, equipment and maintenance.