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Programme SpecificationProgramme Title: HNC Civil EngineeringAwarding Institution:University of BoltonTeaching Institution:University of BoltonFaculty:Faculty of Advanced Engineering & SciencesProgramme Approved by:Edexcel(LicenceAgreement).Professional bodyProfessional body Status Institution ofCivil Engineers(ICE)The Institution ofwww.istructe.orgStructural Engineers(IStructE)The Institute ofwww.theihe.orgHighway Engineers(IHE)The ofHighways rshipAssociateMembershipThe HNC Civil Engineering will partially satisfy theeducational base for an Incorporated Engineer(IEng). A programme of accredited FurtherLearning will be required to complete theeducational base for IEng; see forfurther information and details of Further Learningprogrammes for IEng.The HNC Civil Engineering will fully satisfy theeducational base for an Engineering Technician(EngTech).See for furtherinformation.HNC graduates may apply for EngineeringTechnician (EngTech) professional statusimmediately on completion of the HNCprogramme, as part of the ICE / IStructE / IHEEmbedded Technician scheme, or AssociateMember of the CIHT.Programme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

Final award(s):HNCInterim award(s)NoneExit or Fallback award(s)NoneProgramme title(s)Civil EngineeringUCAS CodeH200JACS CodeH200University Course Code(s)Part time – CIE5003QAA Benchmark Statement(s)EngineeringOther internal and externalreference pointsQAA Academic Infrastructure, including the Frameworkfor Higher Education Qualifications and the Code ofPractice.UK Quality Code for Higher EducationUniversity of Bolton awards frameworkLanguage of studyEnglishMode of study and normalperiod of studyPart Time Day Release – 2 yearsEvening Only (subject to Demand) – 2 to 4 years(with exemptions for prior learning at Level HE4)Admissions criteriaPart-Time Only-Four GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, mathematics andscience and-A Levels (or equivalent) with the minimum number of UCAS points currently specifiedby our Recruitment and Admissions department. The total may include points from ASLevels, orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Subsidiary Diploma (formerly National Award),equivalent to the minimum number of UCAS points currently specified by ourRecruitment and Admissions department orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Diploma (formerly National Certificate), equivalentto the minimum number of UCAS points currently specified by our Recruitment andAdmissions department orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Extended Diploma (formerly National Diploma),equivalent to the minimum number of UCAS points currently specified by ourRecruitment and Admissions department or---Programme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

-NVQ - Pass NVQ Level 3, equivalent to the minimum number of UCAS pointscurrently specified by our Recruitment and Admissions departmentNon Standard Entry- Cases dealt with by admissions tutor on individual basis- Applicants may be invited for interview as part of the selection process.-If English is not the first language – the minimum IELTS score for overseas studentsis at least 6.0 (or equivalent).Additional admissions matters-Applicants must be employed within the civil engineering / construction industry.Fitness to practise declarationNoneAims of the programmeThe principal aims of the programme are:-To educate, train and stimulate students to become competent senior civilengineering technicians.-To develop in students, a knowledge and understanding of the well-establishedprinciples in their field of study and the way those principles have developed.-To enable students, as exponents of technology, to apply underlying concepts andprinciples outside the context in which they were first studied, and the application ofthese principles in a work context.-To inform students of the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmentaleffects of activities generally, having regard to the need for sustainability and theprevention of dangers to the public.-To establish in students the importance of undertaking and managing CPD activitiessufficient to maintain and extend their competence.-To provide the appropriate educational base and inspire an ethos for the pursuit ofprofessional membership.-To encourage a commitment to lifelong learning and Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment.Programme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

Distinctive features of the programme-The programme is approved by the Institutions of Civil Engineers, StructuralEngineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution ofHighways & Transportation, as fully satisfying the educational base for anEngineering Technician (EngTech). It is also approved as partially satisfying theeducational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). A programme of accreditedFurther Learning will be required to complete the educational base for IEng.-Dependent upon performance in the successful completion of the HNC programmefrom June 2014 (i.e. 60% in core modules), students may progress to the secondlevel of the Faculty‟s BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from September 2014. TheBEng (Hons) programme is approved as fully satisfying the educational base for anIncorporated Engineer (IEng) and also approved as partially satisfying the educationalbase for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learningwill be required to complete the educational base for CEng.-The HNC programme includes a Professional Development (employer work-based)module that has formal links with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institutionof Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways andTransportation (CIHT).-The programme provides an opportunity to achieve early professional recognitionfrom the professional Institutions' at Technician level e.g. TMICE, TIStructE orAssociate level e.g. AMCIHT, immediately following completion of the HNC studies(providing the potential for registration with the Engineering Council as anEngineering Technician - EngTech).-Opportunity to participate in the Queen‟s Jubilee (QUEST) Technician Scholarshipestablished by the Institution of Civil Engineers – North West Region, designed tohelp students who are completing a programme which may lead to professionalqualification as an Engineering Technician. QUEST Scholarships are associated withexcellence in qualities such as leadership potential, aptitude for teamwork, ambition,mature attitude and approach, initiative and determination and demonstratingcommitment to civil engineering.-The HNC programme makes extensive use of laboratory and field-based work tounderpin theoretical concepts.-A current and vocational programme with an established excellent local and regionalreputation in the civil engineering/construction industry.-The programme makes use of local site visits (and more recently to larger profileprojects such as the Olympics construction site in London). Guest speakers fromindustry provide specialist lectures.Programme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

-All students qualify for free student membership with the ICE and IStructE.-The programme curricula and design benefits from consultation with the IndustrialAdvisory Board (IAB), comprising representatives from Consulting Engineers,Contractors, Local Government, Government Agencies and Professional Bodies. TheIAB meet a minimum of twice per year.K. Knowledge and understanding of: scientific principles underpinning relevant current technologies, and their evolution.Mathematics necessary to support application of key engineering principles.Commercial and economic context of engineering processes.Management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives within thatcontext.The requirement for Civil Engineering activities to promote sustainable development andthe impact on life and the environment.ICT, fieldwork and laboratory practice.Contexts in which Civil Engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations &management, application & development of technology etc).The principles of managing engineering processes.C. Cognitive, intellectual or thinking skillsAbility to:1. Apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to Civil Engineering designand technology.2. Apply critical reasoning and analysis.3. Use the results of analysis to solve engineering problems, apply technology andimplement engineering processes.4. Apply a systems approach to engineering problems through know-how of the applicationof the relevant technologies.5. Define a problem and identify constraints.6. Use and apply information from technical literature.Use appropriate codes of practice and industry / European standards.P. Practical, professional or subject-specific skillsBe able to:1. Produce or adapt design solutions according to customer and user needs.2. Ensure fitness for purpose (including operation, maintenance, reliability etc).3. Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing Civil Engineeringactivities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environment risk) issues.4. Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in civilengineering.Programme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

5. Understand and have the ability to use relevant materials, equipment, processes, etc.6. Be aware of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement.T. Transferable, key or personal skills1. to research, investigate, work with contradictory information and to learn.Communicate effectively, orally, through calculations in writing and through drawings.Numerical, manipulative and quantitative skills appropriate to engineering.Competent in the use of information technology tools.Ability to manage resources and time, to lead and to work within a team.Social and political awareness.Capacity to plan and monitor continuous personal development (PDP).Programme StructureModule 006Module titleEngineering Mathematics & StructuralAnalysisConstruction & Materials TechnologyProfessional Development (Years 1 & 2)Site Surveying & Management PracticeGround & Water StudiesTransport & Water EngineeringStructural Design & Further h(1, 2 or 3periods)C202CCCCEE202020202020242222TOTAL CREDITS AT COMPLETION OF PROGRAMMECIE4001, CIE4002 & CIE5001(partial)CIE4003, CIE4004, CIE5001 (complete) & either CIE4005 or CIE4006120Year 1Year 2CIE5001 is only half complete at the end of the first year and fully complete at the end ofthe second (and final) year.CIE4006 must be successfully completed ( 60% as previously discussed under“Distinctive Features” earlier), for advanced entry onto the second level of the BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering.Learning and teaching strategiesLearning and Teaching MethodsThe diverse nature of the civil engineering programme necessitates the deployment ofa variety of teaching and learning methods in order to ensure the acquisition anddevelopment of the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Many of these will beProgramme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

experienced during formally timetabled classes whilst others will be appropriate tostudent centred learning.Whilst there are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and techniciansduring timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials, there is an expectation thatstudents will devote an equivalent amount of time to personal study. This personalstudy time might be spent, for example, engaging in general background reading,revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by theprofessional bodies, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments orrevising for examinations. During the early stages of studies, guidance will be providedon how students can make the best use of their personal study time. However, asstudents progress through the programme, this guidance will become less structuredand prescriptive.The learning and teaching methods described below are those most commonlyadopted by the programme during the formally timetabled sessions. However,individual module tutors are free to introduce techniques that they view as especiallysuitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. (Each Module Guide will identifyspecific teaching and learning strategies)Lectures: Lectures play an important part throughout the course and will feature in allmodules of the programme. They involve the dissemination of theoretical andempirical information by a lecturer and provide a basic framework that students canbuild upon through their reading and through other classroom activities. GuestLectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies and other academicinstitutions, enhance the learning experience.Practical Sessions: Tutor-led practical sessions which can take place in laboratories,be field based or located in computer suites or studios, are a key aspect of thisprogramme. These may comprise demonstrations by staff members, hands-onpractical activities or project work. These activities help develop subject specificpractical skills; specifically, the ability to:effectively deploy the methods and tools used in the development of a productsolve practical problems by making and testing prototypesmake effective use of specialist software.During practical sessions, there is also an opportunity to develop time managementand communications skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.Site Visits: Site visits are an important aspect of the programme as they provide theopportunity for students to view state-of-the-art projects. Such events also help topromote a synthesis between academic and professional based activities.Seminars: Seminars involve groups of students who meet with a tutor to discussfurther reading, issues and problems arising from lecture material, or to undertakecase studies or problem-solving exercises. It is common for further reading on aparticular topic to be assigned, and one student may be required to present an oralsynopsis to provide a basis for discussion. Seminars play an important part inencouraging students to think critically about the subject, to analyse theory andProgramme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

information in a systematic fashion, and to enhance understanding of conceptualissues.Workshops: Workshops are also employed in some modules and may involve thedevelopment of skills, e.g. research methods, the application of statistics,presentations etc, as well as problem solving through the evaluation of case-studymaterial. Assistance with assignment work may be offered in workshops, and they playan important part in increasing students‟ confidence in dealing with the subject matter.Tutorials: These are usually individually based but may be shared with students whoare studying a similar area/issue. Students should prepare for tutorials, which areusually associated with an assignment, by bringing any plans for discussion.A key feature of this programme is the 2-year Professional Development module atlevel HE5, as discussed previously. This incorporates workshops, tutorials, selfawareness, commercial awareness and practice interviews.Informal Group Study Sessions: Laptops can be booked out from the library issuedesk and used for group work in the Social Learning Zone. Furthermore, there are anumber of group study rooms in the library which can also be booked for meetingsand/or presentation practice.Learning activities (KIS entry)Scheduled learning andteaching activitiesGuided independent studyPlacement/study abroadYear 1Year 244%**42%**56%58%0%0%**The Professional Development module is a scheduled, employer work-based learningmodule crossing both years of the HNC programme. Students undertaking the „joint‟HNC/Professional Body training as part of the “Embedded Technician Scheme” musthave the support of their Employer in the capacity of a Mentor (and/or through aProfessional Body training agreement).Employers, together with the University, Student employees and the appropriateProfessional Body, enter into an agreement to undertake their prescribed duties in thisregard and therefore the scheduled contact time is divided between both years of theHNC programme.Assessment strategyAssessment MethodsProgramme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that students achievethe overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme, as well as the learningoutcomes for individual modules; they may take the form of assessment of individualperformance during practical work, time constrained examinations, essays, makingpresentations, writing up of laboratory work, analytical or design assignments, researchassignments, design submissions, personal development plans, dissertation.Assessment serves several functions. The obvious and primary function is to evaluatestudent achievement. However, assessment also serves to help students to organise anddevelop their learning. Feedback from assessment serves an important educationalfunction and can help develop skills and understanding of personal strengths andweaknesses. To this end, several modules will adopt “formative” assessment methods inthe early stages which will result in qualitative feedback and does not contribute to themark for the module; this enables students to gain understanding and development ofknowledge, skills and abilities that can then be applied to the “summative” assessment toprovide the definitive mark for the module.The various assessment methods deployed by the programme are described below.Essay: For a number of modules, students will be required to produce a courseworkessay or essays. Essays assess understanding of the thrust of the question set, whetherstudents have introduced and appreciate the relevance of appropriate material to the topicin hand and understand its implications, whether they can analyse and evaluateinformation and whether they can communicate ideas clearly. Coursework essays aretypically set to assess the learning outcomes related to understanding key concepts,demonstrating critical evaluations, and demonstrating the capacity to think independently.The required length of coursework essays can vary depending upon the purpose of theassignment for which the work is assessed. Students will be given guidance by theteaching staff on any specific requirements.Reports: A number of modules require the student to write reports, which are sometimesbased on a given case-study. These reports identify published background research andrationale for their study, the way in which the study was carried out, and the results andanalysis of information. Usually, a standard format is used to aid clear, precise andunambiguous expression. Students are given explicit guidance on the format required forthe report.Presentations: Students are required to make oral presentations (e.g. from notes or froman essay, using presentational aids where appropriate) in a number of modules. Somemodules may specify such a presentation as part of their assessment, whilst seminarpresentations in other modules may not be part of the formal assessment. To augmentthe tutor‟s assessment; some modules will also make use of “peer review” where fellowstudents assess their peers against pre-determined assessment guidelines.Project Work: Many modules make use of project work for assessment. Project workmay be undertaken by individuals or groups of students working together. Project briefsProgramme specification: [HNC Civil Engineering] Date: [July 2012]

The requirement for Civil Engineering activities to promote sustainable development and the impact on life and the environment. 6. ICT, fieldwork and laboratory practice. 7. Contexts in which Civil Engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations & management, application & development of technology etc). 8. The principles of managing engineering processes. C. Cognitive, intellectual or .

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