HNC Civil Engineering - Construction
This course is designed to equip you with the values, knowledge and practical skills that employers in the civil engineering industry require. You will develop your understanding of the professional areas within the civil engineering profession.
The course includes both theory and practical based work that will give you an opportunity to experience work onsite and help you learn to take responsibility for your contribution within a team working on a project. You will also learn how to think and research independently and apply that to the workplace. You will gain the skills and understanding to develop and deliver economic designs and understand how emerging technologies are affecting the design and production phases of civil engineering projects.
What areas will I study?
Units studied include:
- Individual project
- Construction technology
- Science & materials
- Construction practice & management
- Surveying, measuring and setting out
- Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)
- Mathematics for construction
- Principles of structural design
Individual project (15 credits) This is a Pearson set project which changes annually, this , unit allows students to define, plan and undertake a project within the construction industry. The aim of this unit is to support students in using and applying the knowledge and skills they have developed through other areas of their studies to complete and present an individual project. In addition, this unit will provide students with key study skills that will support them in further study.
Construction technology (15 credits) This unit will introduce the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be borne in mind when selecting the most suitable technological solution.
Science and materials (15 credits) The topics covered in this unit include: Health & Safety; storage and use of materials; handling, and problems associated with misuse and unprotected use; environmental and sustainable consideration in material choices; and human comfort performance parameters. Material choice is developed through the understanding of testing procedures to establish conformity to standards and define performance properties. The performance of materials to satisfy regulations and provide appropriate comfort levels is addressed through design and calculations
Construction practice management (15 credits) Students will explore how Health & Safety has evolved within the industry, including how the major stakeholders, from companies to site operatives, have embedded Health & Safety into their preferred areas of development and careers. In addition, students will explore Building Information Modelling and how it fits into construction processes/sequences ranging from domestic to large-scale and design and build projects.
Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification) (15 credits) To achieve successful projects in the built environment requires a range of different types of information: to describe the project, quantify the materials, provide clear instructions for assembly and erection, and to allow for accurate costing and management. Throughout the process of design, construction and post-occupancy management, information is critical.
Surveying, measuring and setting out (15 credits) This unit explores the techniques used to set up controls and conduct topographic surveys. It also covers communication of results and methods of Setting-out structures.
Mathematics for construction (15 credits) The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the Construction, Civil Engineering and Building Services curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within a construction engineering context. Topics included in this unit are: trigonometry and algebraic mathematical techniques; matrices; statistical techniques; differential and integral calculus, binomial and normal distribution; dimensional analysis, arithmetic progressions; vector analysis.
Principles of structural design (15 credits) Buildings, bridges, roads, and many other types of man-made structures are critical to the economic and social well-being of our societies. We rely upon these structures to provide us with suitable spaces and infrastructure to support our daily lives. Topics included in this unit are: methods and techniques used to determine bending moments and shear forces in simply supported steel and reinforced concrete beams; deflection in simply supported steel beams; and axial load carrying capacity of steel and reinforced concrete columns.