|Module consists of the study units
Module 6, Sustainable Civil Engineering, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:
|Name module element
1. Design Strategy and Evaluation
|2. Structural Mechanics 3
|4. Social Sustainability
|5. Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Module 6 covers various technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of civil engineering. One of the final product of this module is the design of a smart bridge, which will be the replacement for the MX3D bridge in Amsterdam. This design is made against the need for sustainable development, including the need to make efficient use of raw materials and energy sources, to reduce potential environmental impacts and costs within the context of a responsible strategy for the development of smart cities. The bridge also has to be ‘smart’. It has to inform its owners and residents of its conditions (health) via sensor systems and inform future design of smart and sustainable cities.
The module consists of five study units (SUs) with learning objectives corresponding to each SU. Students are assessed is exams, reports, and a poster presentation. From the first week of the module, students (in teams of two (ToT)) will work on an assignment involving all SUs related to the project: (i) design strategy & evaluation, (ii) structural design, (iii) environmental impact and life cycle costs of materials, (iv) social sustainability and (v) analysis of energy flows and energy technologies. Students need to demonstrate how their final projects fit the overall vision and values of the bridge by taking into account insights and findings from all SUs. The underlying goal is that students will be able to integrate all the subjects into the design of a sustainable solution that takes into account all the facets. This exercise will foster the students’ higher level of thinking. The submission of the final report is in week nine. In the last week of Module 6, students will present their final solutions in an electronic poster presentation.
The Intended Learning Outcomes of Module 6 contribute to the following final qualifications of the Civil Engineering Bachelor’s program:
- design a civil engineering infrastructure, or a component, that is stable from a structural engineering point of view, while meeting a set of pre-defined objectives, functions and requirements;
- evaluate the potential environmental impact and the life cycle costs of construction materials;
- explain how social aspects can be considered in the development and its interrelation with design considerations
- evaluate how the energy needs of civil engineering infrastructure can be met by means of more sustainable energy sources;
- use multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods to address the trade-offs inherent to the multidimensional nature of a sustainable civil engineering infrastructure;
- communicate the assignments output in a clear, structured and convincingly way to a broad audience composed by both experts and non-experts.