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LM085 - Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Course Details

Course Code: LM085

Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2013: 425
Course Leader: Dr Declan Phillips
Phone: 00 353 61 202822
Email: michael.quilligan@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions

The Student Experience

Course Description

About You

This course will be particularly attractive to you if you are interested in the application of scientific and technical knowledge to the solution of real world problems. The Civil Engineering programme at UL uses a student-centered approach to teaching, using techniques such as problem based learning and active learning. From year one of the programme, you will develop your ability to work on a team, to plan and present, to undertake research and to apply your knowledge.

Why Study Civil Engineering at UL?

Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering dealing with the design, planning, construction and maintenance of fixed structures or public works as they are related to earth, water, or civilization and their processes. Most civil engineering today deals with structures, roads, bridges, railways, water supply, transportation and traffic, waste water, protection of the environment, flood control and power plants.

Three short videos describing the programme are available at www.ul.ie/civileng

Level 6/Level 7 Transfer Students

Course Structure


1. Water and the Environment,
2. Energy in Civil Engineering and
3. Buildings & Infrastructure.

When you join the civil engineering team at UL, you learn to be an engineer from day one. Working in small teams, you will solve interesting problems. The challenges presented are open-ended and increase in complexity as you progress through the years. Your ingenuity and creativity are required to explore many viable solutions. Drawing from what you have learned and with the shared knowledge of your team, you will design, analyse and (in many cases) test your creations. Lectures are provided along the way to fill in gaps in your knowledge.

 

In year one you will work on various tasks from rollercoaster design to the analysis, design and construction of a full scale bridge. You will also work closely with architecture students to learn how buildings are assembled and how to illustrate their construction via hand sketches and detailed drawings. This is accomplished through a series of site visits to various architectural and engineering structures in Limerick.

 

In year two you will learn how to design and construct earthen dams to protect structures from flood waters or detain rainwater to supply the university campus with an environmentally friendly supply of water. Heritage and cultural interests are incorporated at every opportunity. You will learn about the history of King John’s Castle as you design and construct timber siege towers in a re-enactment of the 1690 Siege of Limerick.

 

In year three you will get a real experience of being an engineer when you take a multistorey library (or similar structure) created by fourth year architectural students and engineer the design of the foundations and reinforced concrete frame, based on the results of your structural analysis. This project involves interaction with the design architect, land surveying, health & safety issues and forms the core of the first semester in year three. The project is followed by an eight-month Co-op placement with an engineering contractor/ consultant in Ireland or abroad.

 

In year four you will learn about energy efficient buildings, wind energy and how to design water treatment systems. A unique feature of the programme is learning from the engineering mistakes of the past; in doing so, you will investigate actual engineering failures in collaboration with law students. As a student engineer, you will act as an expert witness in a moot court (simulation) and have your expert opinions tested through examination and crossexamination by the student lawyers.

 

Your final year project allows you to specialise in the area of civil engineering that intrigues you most. Clear and effective communication is an essential skill for the civil engineer and is carefully fostered in every project throughout the programme. You will develop verbal, written and poster presentation skills in addition to creating video documentaries, participating in a moot court and ethical debates, and you will also act as a technical guide to creative arts students on special projects.

To find out more, visit our website www.ul.ie/civileng

Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2
CE4001 Engineering Mechanics 1 CE4002 Engineering Mechanics 2
AR4041 Assembly & Techniques 1 AR4042 Assembly and Techniques 2
AR4021 Representation / Drawing 1 AR4022 Representation & Drawing 2
PH4011 Physics for Engineers 1 PH4012 Physics for Engineers 2
CH4701 Chemistry MT4002 Materials 1

Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Maths 3 MA4004 Engineering Maths 4
CS4033 Modelling & Analysis of Fluid Systems CE4034 Building Energy Systems
CE4003 Fluid Mechanics CE4004 Mechanics of Solids
MT4023 Materials 2 WT4014 Introduction to Geology & Soil Mechanics
CE4013 Structural Analysis CE4014 Hydrology & Water Engineering
CE4023 Design Studio 1 CE4024 Structural Steel & Timber Design

Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Summer
CE4005 Structural Theory CO4320 Cooperative Education CO4330 Cooperative Education
CE4015 Soil Mechanics
CE4045 Professional Practice
ER4507 Effluent Control Waste Management
CE4035 Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design
   

Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8 Summer
CE4007 Water Management Systems CE4048 Geotechnical Engineering Design
CE4017 Project 1 CE4018 Project 2
WT4507 Forensic Engineering & Ethics CE4025 Transport Planning & Design
    CE4028 Energy Efficient Buidlings: Modelling & Design
  Electives   Electives
ER4417 Environmental Impact Assessment ER4508 Pollution Control 2: Waste Management
CE4027 Advanced Structures ME4616 Finite Element Analysis
WT4707 Construction Technology & Management 4 CE4058 Project Planning & Control for the Built Environment
CE4047 Wind, Ocean & Hydro Energy MT4038 Failure, Damage & Life Prediction
EP4408 Small Business Consulting

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established leaving certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two higher level subjects and a Grade D3 in four ordinary or higher level subjects (including Mathematics; Irish or another language and English).

In addition, applicants are required to hold at least the following in the leaving Certificate (or approved equivalent) Grade C3 in higher level mathematics and a Grade D3 in a higher or ordinary level paper in any one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics, Biology, Agricultural Science, Construction Studies, Technology or Applied Mathematics.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. Students can also enter this programme of study via Engineering Choice LM116.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

For Further information and sample exam papers, click here

Career Prospects

Careers open to you with a degree in Civil Engineering include;

•Civil/Structural Engineer
•Design Engineer
•Environmental Engineer
•Traffic/motorway Engineer


The details of a career path can vary depending on market forces and the preference of the graduate. In some fields and in some firms, entry-level engineers work primarily monitoring construction in the field, serving as the “eyes and ears” of more senior design engineers; while in other areas, entry-level engineers perform routine analysis or design tasks.
The flexibility offered by the breadth and structure of the course will produce graduates with the diverse skills necessary to adapt to the demands and challenges of civil engineering practice in the 21st century. Career opportunities exist in areas of infrastructure, building, water resources, environmental and government agencies.


Graduates may elect to pursue further studies by undertaking master or doctoral degrees at the University of Limerick.

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Graduate Profile

Robert O’Callaghan
After completing my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at UL, I undertook a Masters in Structural Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Along with lectures, I have been working in a team of 20 students on the structural design of a 250m tall building in Seoul, South Korea. This project was designed to be completed in the same manner as one would progress any such project in a design engineer’s office.

For the first semester I was chosen as overall team leader, and have no doubt that the skills and confidence I learned through UL's Problem Based Learning approach aided me greatly. Trying to coordinate and organise our team of 20 students with diverse backgrounds was one of our greatest challenges. My course in UL gave me great experience of working within a team in a professional and self-organised manner. Such skills proved invaluable to me during this project, meaning that I was confident to seek out and utilise new information on my own. I feel that my innovative education in Civil Engineering at U.L. prepared me for my graduate education like no other.

Student Profile

James Long
As a child I was fascinated by buildings and bridges and I loved Engineering, Maths and Physics in school so Civil Engineering seemed like a perfect choice for me.

For anyone studying Engineering UL is a great place to be and the campus is home to some amazing works of engineering, including the award winning “Living Bridge” – the longest pedestrian bridge in Ireland.

The course itself is fantastic; like anything worth doing its hard work sometimes, but we’re constantly starting new and different projects. For instance we recently completed a design and build of a 6m tall timber siege tower.  We used the siege platforms to re-inact The Siege of Limerick at King John’s castle. What better way of learning about timber design can there be?

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