Module 1: Introduction to civil engineering

The first module in the programme is an introduction to the basics of civil engineering. You immediately set to work with subjects such as structural mechanics, construction materials and mathematics.

By the end of this module you will have:

  • More insight into the complexity and diversity of the various civil engineering disciplines;
  • Knowledge to compare the properties of building materials and to analyse the results of concrete samples;
  • Understanding of design methods and requirements, and knowledge about the role of safety, usability and sustainability.

You will apply all this in a team project in which you further develop your project management and teamwork skills.

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Module 2: Water management

This module is about the physical and policy-related aspects of water management. You will learn more about natural water systems, the changes that take place in them and the effects of human intervention. As well as the mathematical and technical aspects, you will explore societal aspects and the many conflicting interests that come into play with water management.

After this module you can:

  • Simulate and describe the behaviour of water systems, currents and water quality with mathematical models;
  • Set up, implement and analyse a simulation model in the field of water management, on which you base recommendations;
  • Analyse meteorological and climate data;
  • Perform a problem analysis of a water management problem based on different scenarios. 

This module’s team project is about developing a proposal for managing a dam in the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, taking into account the many interests at stake.

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Module 3: Traffic & transport

During this module you will delve into the basic theory of traffic engineering. Which developments play a role in traffic and transport management? From which perspectives and interests can you approach it?

You will become competent in:

  • Implementing and evaluating the macroscopic traffic model;
  • Analysing, interpreting and evaluating traffic flow, observations and model results;
  • Advising a municipality on the best solution for a specific traffic problem with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions.

In your team project, you and your fellow students will work on designing, developing and presenting your proposal.

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Module 4: Designing constructions

This module covers just about everything related to designing buildings. This includes managing, organizing and financing a project, the principles of system engineering and circularity.

During this module:

  • You will learn how the principles of circularity can be applied to the whole cycle of buildings and infrastructure (from the first initiative to demolition);
  • You will develop essential knowledge of the supporting structures of buildings, for example, strength calculations, stiffness, stability and distribution of forces.

In the team project you will work on designing a parking garage near the UT. You will analyse the construction system and calculate and evaluate the indicators for aspects such as foundations, ventilation and retaining walls.

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