Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Civil Design Projects 3 ENG3076

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course consists of 2 separate projects: an hydraulics design project, running over the first part of the semester, and a geotechnical design project involving retaining wall design and slope stability, running over the second half of the semester.


Three to four afternoon sessions each week for approximately 2 weeks, for each of the two components of the course.

Excluded Courses






90% Written Assignment: 2 design reports (45% and 45%)

10% Oral Presentation (5% and 5%)

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. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. 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. 


Re-assessment is not possible in those components reliant on group working.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ develop students' abilities to complete civil engineering design briefs competently and to report their findings in a clear and concise manner

■ develop students' knowledge and understanding of the principles and theory presented in water engineering and geotechnical engineering lectures to design problems based on "real life" scenarios

■ encourage students to take a holistic view of their learning so that they apply knowledge and understanding from a range of different areas of the curriculum in order to complete design briefs successfully. Skills developed should include brief analysis, engineering design and technical report writing

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply the principles and methods of analysis and design presented in hydraulic and geotechnical engineering lectures to develop design solutions to "real-life" civil engineering problems

■ Specifically, evaluate and assess hydraulic models of a typical Scottish town to assess the flood risk and suggest appropriate design solutions

■ Carry out a geotechnical design for a railway platform extension and embankment stabilisation.

■ Write professional standard engineering reports and deliver presentations to various stakeholders.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit the course's summative assessment.


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.