Study programme

The first year of Civil Engineering

Module 1: INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL ENGINEERING

The first module consists of Mathematics and three themes from the field of civil engineering: Building Materials, Mechanics and the History and Development of Civil Engineering. This module focuses on the basic principles of Civil Engineering. You learn how to design a civil construction – a swimming pool, for example. You will also learn how to determine the load and internal forces and to understand how the most commonly used materials (concrete and steel) behave. During this module you will also explore different building techniques.

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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