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Course module: 202000060
Designing Constructions
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000060
Credits (ECTS)0
Course typeModule name
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact J. Boes
Lecturer J. Boes
Contactperson for the course J. Boes
Academic year2020
Starting block
RemarksModule 4 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Module consists of the study units

Module 4, Designing Constructions, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:

  Name module element EC Code
1 Structural Mechanics 3 202000061
2 Introduction Project Disciplines 4.5 202000062
3 Project 4.5 202000063
4 Calculus 2 for CE 3 202001220
Module description
The module consists of various disciplines, to be applied in a project These disciplines are:

Introduction Construction Projects
The construction industry is a “people business”. Introduction Construction Projects (ICP) offers a cursory glance at the industry as a whole and in particular at the way construction projects are selected and organized. ICP comprises project management (PM) fundamentals, and a more in-depth look at project organization (PO) in the construction industry, as well as project finance (PF).
PF is an integral part of the project. The module exam towards the end of the module contains questions about all aspects of ICP (i.e., PM, PO, and PF).
At the end of the module, the student should be able to describe and explain:
  • Project management, including its (limits of) suitability.
  • Key characteristics of construction industry’s product (built objects), process (construction process), and participants (client, adviser, contractor, supplier).
  • Common investment criteria (e.g., net present value and internal rate of return), and use them to evaluate (simple) investment opportunities in the construction industry.
Systems Engineering
The student learns the principles of Systems Engineering by studying the literature individually and by applying the method to a construction project in a group. The group is responsible for developing a draft design for a construction project. The student’s Systems Engineering knowledge is tested with an individual written exam. The skills to apply Systems Engineering are tested in the group design report.

At the end of the module, the student should be able to…
  • describe Systems Engineering and its key models and terms in his/her own words
  • apply Systems Engineering to a design project
  • include and integrate other disciplines into the Systems Engineering methodology
A circular economy is one of the main goals to strive for towards the future. Circularity can be seen as the next step of sustainable use of our commodities. The student’s Circularity knowledge is tested with an individual written exam. The skills to apply circularity are tested in the group design report.
At the end of the module, the student should be able to…
  • understand and reproduce the principles of circularity (in relation to circular economy)
  • apply the principles of circularity during the complete life-cycle (phases; initiative, design, construct, use and demolition) of buildings and infrastructure objects
  • define the differences between circular economy and other sustainable concepts (as for instance cradle to cradle, CO2 footprint, etc.).

A solid and stable structural frame is essential in buildings. To be able to design a building, knowledge of the supporting structure is indispensable. The focus of this course is placed on the distribution of loads and forces within buildings and to the subsurface. The student’s knowledge about Mechanics is tested in three individual written exams. The skills to apply this knowledge in the design are tested in the group design report.
At the end of the module, the student should be able to:
  • Determine the dimensions of structural components using rules of thumb
  • Design slabs using the yield line theory
  • Design simple foundations
  • Design simple ground retaining structures
  • Proof the strength, stiffness and stability of structures
  • Apply the skills to a design project
At the end of this module, the student should be able to (especially w.r.t. functions of two or three variables):
a.     work with partial derivatives and applications
  • apply the parametrization of a curve and the tangent vector
  • apply the chain rule (in several forms)
  • calculate a directional derivative, and apply its properties
  • calculate the gradient (vector)
  • apply the relations between gradient and level sets
  • calculate the tangent plane and normal line
  • apply a linearization (standard linear approximation)
  • estimate a change using differentials
  • calculate Taylor polynomials (first and second order, two variables)
  • apply the first and second derivative tests
  • calculate the absolute extreme values on closed bounded regions
  • apply the method of Lagrange multipliers
b.     define and evaluate double and triple integrals over bounded regions
  • sketch the region and find the limits of integration
  • calculate an iterated integral (by changing the order of integration
  • define area, volume, mass or the average value as an integral
  • apply polar, cylindrical or spherical coordinate substitutions, or a given transformation
Professional Skills
The student is capable of applying the knowledge obtained in previous Modules, specifically with regards to:
  • Searching and assessing relevant scientific information/ literature.
  • Writing a project report and presenting project results
  • Project planning (e.g. Gantt charts) and teamwork
  • Individual study planning & skills
  • The student chooses an elective assignment in this Module, based on his/her motivation for which of the subjects above he/she knows more development is required.
The choice of assignment is to be approved by the lecturer of professional skills. At the end of the module, the assignment is assessed pass or fail.

The main part of the module consist of a written exam test (individual, multiple choice) and a project (group assignment) . Students will apply their knowledge of various disciplines in a project. The project is the design of a construction and will start in week 1. During the design process, the group receives coaching from the lecturers of the various disciplines in feedback sessions. During the module each group should present a draft of the preliminary design and submit/present a draft of the final report.  At the end of the module, a final report has to be approved (test 1 : Project , 4,5 EC). The knowledge of the applied disciplines, including Project management (PM) and Project Organization (PO), will be tested in a written exam (test 2 : Integrated Test, 4,5 EC) in week 5.
Parallel to the project/design process, Mechanics (test 3 : Structural Mechanics 2, 3 EC) and Mathematics (test 4 : Calculus 2, 3 EC) lectures will be provided and examined in multiple individual tests.  The last part of the program (test 5 : Professional skills,  0 EC) is an individual writing assignment that has to be submitted before the end of the module.

Module 4
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
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