KB4012 - Site Investigation

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn the key principles of site surveying and setting out using traditional and GPS approaches; you will learn introductory Geographical Information Systems and mapping in a civil engineering context. You will also learn the principles of site investigation as set out in Eurocode 7 Part 2 and similar international standards, including some appropriate tools for determining ground and groundwater conditions on site. Underlying this you will learn appropriate safety management techniques in the site investigation context.

How will I learn on this module?

Most of your learning on this degree apprenticeship module will be in your workplace. Your involvement in civil engineering tasks will enable you to put into context the theoretical material that you will study at University, thereby cementing your understanding. You will do this in conjunction with your workplace mentor/Supervising Civil Engineer, appropriate members of your team, and with the assistance of your University workplace coach.

The module will include a range of learning materials and opportunities, such as online presentations, notes, seminar/tutorial questions, video links and digital reading materials. All these resources will be arranged in a convenient learning journey, giving you a clear expectation of the content to be studied and tasks you will complete on a weekly basis.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During your normal working day, your industrial mentor/Supervising Civil Engineer will support your learning through the allocation of appropriate work tasks relevant to the theoretical content of the module, allowing you to contextualise and cement your knowledge. The University will monitor this educational process.

University academic staff will support you in formally-scheduled teaching. This arrangement will give you ample opportunity to ask questions to clarify and deepen your understanding of the module content, as well as to seek specific help, for example, with your preparation for assessment. At other times, you will have access to University academic staff via telephone, email, and the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). These media will allow you to access and make full use of the support and guidance available to you.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1: explain the principles of site surveying and setting out, GIS mapping and site investigation tools and methods

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO2: Demonstrate management of safe systems of work including the controlling of risk and compliance with regulatory frameworks.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO3: Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality and a personal commitment to professional and ethical standards.

MLO4: Demonstrate consciousness of the need to create maintain, and enhance productive working relationships, including awareness of the needs and concerns of others, especially in relation to diversity and equality.

MLO5: Evaluate your own personal development needs.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be by coursework. It will be worth 100% of the module marks and will cover all the module learning outcomes.

Formative assessment (sometimes from occasional homework tasks) will be by verbal or written (digital) support from University academic staff. In line with the workplace approach of a degree apprenticeship, you will be expected to take on-board verbal feedback from your workplace mentor/Supervising Civil Engineer, which is the case generally with employee performance.

Assessment feedback will be mapped between summative assessments from different modules, so that you receive clear guidance on improving work, based on performance in assessments in different modules. This will be made explicit to you via digital pro-forma as well as verbally.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

All civil engineering projects begin with an investigation of the site on which they are to be constructed, and this module allows you to study the various techniques and standards used to investigate sites, including surveying, GIS mapping, field investigation techniques and the underlying theories and standards. The module provides you with a focus for developing your commitment to safe working, to understanding and managing your own professional development needs and to considering equality and diversity in the workplace. You will learn in the workplace, through assigned tasks and involvement in relevant work activities, supported by online content for the theoretical background. You will be assessed through a piece of coursework.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 years Part-Time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022 or September 2023

Fee Information

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