Module 1: Introduction to civil engineering

The aim of the first module is to introduce students to the basics of the civil engineering field and for students to apply basic design principles during the design of a civil engineering structure. Within the module students will learn how to: design a structural system, determine loading and internal forces, analyse and compare the behaviour of the most commonly used construction materials (concrete, asphalt and steel) and apply different design and construction techniques within the design project. Module 1 consists of the module parts Structural Mechanics 1, Mathematics, Matlab, Construction Materials, Fundamentals of Civil Engineering and the Civil Engineering Design Project 1. All theoretical courses will be applied in the design project, reinforcing the content knowledge and developing students’ understanding of the design and construction of a typical civil engineering project as well as the application of professional skills such as project management and teamwork.

Module 2: Water management

During this module you will gain insight into how different natural water systems behave and the effects human intervention can have on them. Furthermore, you will become familiar with policy processes: how can you achieve certain goals within the administrative management of these water systems? In this module’s project, you get to apply your knowledge by solving a water reservoir’s distribution issues.

Module 3: Traffic and transport

This module will take you into the world of transport planning, traffic models, infrastructure, and means of transport and traffic flow. Together with your project group, using data analysis and special software, you will work on finding the optimal solution for an existing traffic problem in the city of Enschede.

Module 4: Design of constructions

Just like every other module, this one centres on a project. For the Functional Structure Design module, you will go through a building project’s life cycle – in this case, a parking garage. What is important in this process is that you learn to think over all the aspects. You go from idea to concept design, which gives you an eye for widely differing interests and issues – from finances to construction (mechanics and foundation calculations). And then you get to carry out your idea.

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