Objective of Civil Engineering curriculum:
It is well known that Industries are responsible for the economic progress and prosperity of any country which leads towards increasing comfort and satisfaction levels of its people and the society at large. Civil Engineering professionals are the key personnel in any industry and play crucial role in strengthening R&D, industries and economies in the country by applying their knowledge and skills.
Following objectives are identified to build the curriculum for Civil Engineering.
- Foundation: To provide the students with a solid foundation. So mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Mechanical Sciences are required to build up fundamental knowledge in Civil engineering and to solve the related problems in this field;
- Competence: To prepare the students to excel in various educational programmes to succeed in industry/ technical profession through further education/ training such as seminars, workshops, conferences, soft skill plan etc;
- In depth analysis: To train the students with a breadth of Civil engineering knowledge to comprehend, analyze, design & create novel products and solutions for real life problems;
- Professionalism: To inculcate in the students professional/ ethical attitude, effective team work skills, multidisciplinary approach and to relate Civil engineering issues to a broader context;
- Desired social profiles: To provide the students with academic environment of excellence, leadership, ethical guidelines and to encourage with achievement awards for productive career.
Approach to Civil Engineering Curriculum:
The major objectives of Civil Engineering as mentioned above is to develop professionals having competencies, intellectual skills and knowledge equipping them to contribute to the society through productive and satisfying careers as innovators, decision makers and leaders in the national and global economies. The Approach to Curriculum design for UG needs special emphasis on educating/preparing the students well for being able to demonstrate the following abilities:
- Effective application of knowledge of mathematics, science and technical subjects;
- Analysis and interpretation of scientific, technical and economic data collected;
- Planning and design to conduct scientific and technical experiments;
- Identification, formulation and solving of problems using simulation or otherwise;
- Use of techniques/tools including software, as may be required;
- Design of parts, subsystems, systems and/or processes to meet specific needs;
- Effective communication skills and leadership/participation in team work;
- Sensitivity to environmental and energy issues and concerns;
- Fulfilment of professional, social and ethical responsibilities;
- Planning, development and implementation of strategies for life-long learning.
The common aim of every UG course is to satisfy the intended mission and identified objectives. Engineering is the application of science in the human civilization. Students are joining in UG courses with science background. Hence basic science knowledge related to Civil engineering such as Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry should be enriched.
Mathematics plays a vital role in Civil engineering which acquaints the students with standard concepts and tools that will serve as building blocks towards tackling more advanced level of mathematics that they are likely to find useful in their higher education/profession when admitted to higher education or employed in the firm/industry/corporation in public or private sector.
The aim of the Physics course is to provide an adequate exposure and develop insight about the basic principles of physics along with the possible applications in the field of Civil Engineering. The acquaintance of basic physics principles would help engineers to understand the tools and techniques used in the industry and provide the necessary foundations for inculcating innovative approaches.
The purpose of the chemistry course is to emphasize the relevance of fundamentals and applications of chemical sciences and materials in the field of Civil engineering. Thus, the course has to be conceived in such a way that it may take into account appropriate combinations of old and new emerging concepts in the chemical sciences area and their current and potential uses in Civil engineering.
Mechanical objects are the part of any Civil Engineering. Hence it is necessory to study the mechanical science. The course of mechanical science, graphics design and workshop are fundamentals of Civil engineering.
Corporate communications, behavioural management, accounting ability are indispensable parameters in corporate life. Related subjects are professional communication, Management theory and practice and economics which fall under the category of Humanities and Social Sciences. The objective economics is to familiarize the prospective engineers with elementary principles of economics. It also deals with acquainting the students with standard concepts and tools that they are likely to find useful in their profession when employed in the firm/industry/corporation in public or private sector. It also seeks to create and awareness about the status of the current economic parameters /indicators/ policy debates. The objective of professional communication is to develop communication competence in prospective engineers so that they are able to communicate information as well as their thoughts and ideas with clarity and precision. Management theory will also equip them with the basic skills required for a variety of practical applications of communication such as applying for a job, writing reports and proposals, facing an interview and participating in a group discussion. Further, it will make them aware of the new developments in technical communication that have become part of business organizations today.
Some mandatory courses such as Environmental studies is also necessary to grow global environmental awareness, moral and social responsibilities etc. Engineering Sciences include the subjects which introduce the foundation of core engineering and related to the core engineering subjects.
Core subjects and professional electives are required to acquire the knowledge in the field domain which are selected to build up necessory competence with the latest technology development. Some interdisciplinary subjects are included that required to work on multidisciplinary platform.
To fulfill the mission and objectives of the UG course Civil engineering Table 1 shows various categories of subjects with their semester coverage sequences and minimum credits to be earned are identified.
Table 1: Sequence Plan for Courses at UG Civil engineering Degree Programmes
|Degree Requirements: Category of subjects||Semester coverage||Minimum Credits suggested in %|
|Basic Sciences(BS)||I - IV||15.72|
|Humanities and Social Sciences (HS),||I, V,VIII||5.43|
|Engineering Sciences (ES),||I,II,III,V||17.93|
|Professional Subjects-Core (PC),||III-VII||39.13|
|Professional Subjects – Electives (PE),||VII-VIII||6.52|
|Interdisciplinary Subjects- Electives (OE),||VI-VII||5|
|Project Work, Seminar||VI - VIII||10.33|
|Mandatory Courses (MC);||I,III,V||3.80|
Based on plan above the credit point detail of UG course of Civil Engineering is formulated as per Table 2.
Table 2: Credit point details
|Sl. No.||Category of subjects||Semester||Total Credits allotted|
|1.||Humanities and Social Sciences (HS);||3||0||0||4||0||0||3||10|
|3.||Engineering Sciences (ES);||13||11||4||2||5||0||0||0||35|
|4.||Professional Subjects-Core (PC);||0||0||14||16||15||19||8||0||70|
|5.||Professional Subjects – Electives (PE);||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||9||12|
|6.||Interdisciplinary Subjects- Electives (OE);||0||0||0||0||0||3||6||0||09|
|7.||Project Work, Seminar and/or Internship in Industry or elsewhere.||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||11||19|
|8.||Mandatory Courses (MC);||1||0||3||0||3||0||0||0||7|