Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Civil Engineering 1 ENG1061

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is in two parts.  The first part is an introduction to the behaviour of construction materials which are particularly important to civil engineers (concrete, steel and timber) and the second part provides an introduction to the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry.  Site visits and guest lectures relevant to Civil Engineering are also included.


1 lecture per week in Semester 1 (on construction materials), plus associated tutorials and lab classes. Approximately 3 lectures plus associated computing lab classes on BIM in Semester 2.  Site visits and guest lectures.

Excluded Courses





50% Written Exam

40% BIM coursework exercises

10% Concrete laboratory report

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


It is not possible to offer re-assessment in group assignments in this course.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce the properties of materials used in construction which have particular and significant relevance to civil engineers, including issues relating to the sustainable use of these materials;

■ introduce the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ recognise and describe the important material properties of concrete, steel and timber relevant to their use in construction;

■ design concrete mixes using charts and tables;

■ discuss issues relating to the sustainable use of construction materials;

■ describe the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry;

■ use BIM software on a simple building design project.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.