Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

Overview 

Today many civil engineers design not structures but software systems to manage construction. They practice in the global market place being involved in the planning, designing and construction of infrastructure, balancing development with care for the environment. New fields and areas of civil engineering practice and research have emerged, involving the planning, design, construction and management of our man-made living habitat which is constantly evolving. New challenges facing civil engineering, such as our changing population profile, rising energy costs and climate change have arisen.

To this end, the Department structures our curriculum to facilitate our students in embarking on career pathways in the increasingly integrated, interdisciplinary nature of the modern civil engineering profession. Whatever their aspirations, our graduates emerge ready for a broad spectrum of career opportunities from developing into leading specialists in their fields to being imbued with multidisciplinary strengths, geared to play leading roles in global infrastructure projects. The curriculum which places emphasis on developing engineering skills with scientific depths and cross disciplinary breadths has the following objectives: 

  • To ensure that our graduates are equipped with the basic civil engineering core competencies to meet the requirements for the practice of civil engineering in Singapore in accordance to the Professional Engineers Board.
  • To ensure that our graduates are able to apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering using modern engineering techniques, skills and tools.
  • To ensure that students are exposed to social sciences and humanities so as to appreciate the interdependency between society and infrastructural systems by encouraging multidisciplinary and multi cultural interaction and work, as well as cross-cultural exchanges and activities. 
  • To develop and enhance the interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills of students through group design projects and oral presentations.
  • To provide opportunities for students to tailor their degree programme to suit the desired engineering and scientific depths and cross disciplinary breadth. 
  • To inspire graduates to have the curiosity, ability and desire for lifelong learning.
  • To prepare graduates for their future careers through instruction on professionalism and ethical responsibilities, interactions with practitioners and opportunities for internships.

The B.Eng. (Civil Engineering) programme is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) of Singapore and this accreditation of engineering academic programmes is a key foundation for the practice of engineering at the professional level.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate with the B.Eng. (Civil Engineering) degree, students are required to: 

  • Complete a minimum of 161 MCs with a CAP ≥2.0. 
  • Pass the modules in accordance with Table 3.2.3a. 
  • Satisfy all other requirements as prescribed by the Faculty or the University.
  • Students are required to read ES2331 Communicating Engineering towards the ULR-Breadth requirement. 

Subject to the approval of the Department, students may opt to take a relevant module in another department as one of the four technical electives. The module must be of at least Level-3000 standard and must be taken on a graded basis.

For students aspiring for a First Class Honours Degree, they must obtain at least an ‘A-' grade for CE4104 B.Eng. Dissertation. 

Students may apply to specialise in Offshore Engineering at start of Stage 3. They must take a Group Design Project and a B.Eng. Dissertation that is related to offshore engineering, OT5202 Analysis & Design of Offshore Structures and CE5307 Hydrodynamics, and complete a 12-week stint in an offshore or marine-related company under EG3602 Vacation Internship Programme.

Table 3.2.3a: Summary of Modular Requirements and Credits (for students matriculated in  AY2012/2013 onwards)

Modular Requirements

MCs

University Level Requirements

20

General Education Modules (GEM)
(at least one from Group B: Humanities and Social Sciences)

8

Singapore Studies (SS) Module

4

Breadth: Modules Outside Student's Faculty

8

Unrestricted Electives **

20

Programme Requirements

 

Faculty Requirements:

10

ES1531       Critical Thinking and Writing

4

HR2002      Human Capital in Organizations

3

EG2401       Engineering Professionalism

3

ES1102        English*

-

Foundation Requirements:

23

MA1505      Mathematics I

4

MA1506      Mathematics II

4

EG1108       Electrical Engineering

3

EG1109       Statics and Mechanics of Materials

4

PC1431        Physics IE

4

MLE1101     Introductory Materials Science & Engineering

4

CE Computing Requirement:

4

CE2409        Computer Applications in Civil Engineering

4

Civil Engineering Major Requirements

 

CE Core Subjects:+

56

CE2112        Soil Mechanics (G)

4

CE2134        Hydraulics (H)

4

CE2155        Structural Mechanics and Materials (S)

4

CE2183        Construction Project Management (C)

4

CE2184        Infrastructure and the Environment (C)

4

CE2407        Engineering and Uncertainty Analyses

4

ESE3001       Water Quality Engineering (E)

4

CE3115        Geotechnical Engineering (G)

4

CE3116        Foundation Engineering (G)

4

CE3121        Transportation Engineering (T)

4

CE3132        Water Resources Engineering (H)

4

CE3155        Structural Analysis (S)

4

CE3165        Structural Concrete Design (S)

4

CE3166        Structural Steel Design and System (S)

4

CE Design and Project Modules:

12

CE4103        Design Project

4

CE4104        B.Eng. Dissertation

8

CE Electives:

16

Level 3 Technical Elective Modules

4

Higher Level Technical Elective Modules

12

Total

161

* F or students who have not passed or been exempted from the Qualifying English Test at the time of admissions to the Faculty, they have to read ES1000 and/or ES1102. This will be decided by CELC.
** Students are required to read ES2331 Communicating Engineering towards the ULR-Breadth requirement. 
+  Alphabet in the parenthesis indicates the major civil engineering discipline each module belongs to.

Note: Limit on Level-1000 Modules
Students should not read more than 60 MCs of Level-1000 modules towards their degree requirements (minimum of 160 MCs for graduation). For Polytechnic graduates, 12 MCs of the exempted UE modules will not count towards the 60 MC limit on level-1000 modules.

Table 3.2.3b: Technical Elective Modules

Geotechnical Engineering Modules (G)
CE4216    Geotech. Investigation & Applied Geology
CE5101    Seepage and Consolidation of Soils
CE5104    Underground Space
CE5105    Anal. & Num. Meth. in Foundation Eng.rg
CE5106    Ground Improvement
CE5107    Pile Foundations
CE5108    Earth Retaining Structures
CE5881    Topics in Geotechnical Engineering

Environmental Engineering Modules (E)
ESE3101    Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
ESE4401    Water & Wastewater Engineering 2 
ESE4405    Urban Water Engineering & Management
ESE5205    Sludge & Solid Waste Management
ESE5402    Industrial Water Control

Structural Engineering Modules (S)
CE4257    Linear Finite Element Analysis
CE4258    Structural Stability and Dynamics
CE5509    Advanced Structural Steel Design
CE5510    Advanced Structural Concrete Design
CE5514    Plate and Shell Structures
CE5513    Plastic Analysis of Structures
CE5604    Advanced Concrete Technology
CE5610    Assessment and Retrofit of Concrete Structures
CE5611    Precast Concrete Technology
CE5885    Topics in Structural Engineering
CE5886    Topics in Concrete Engineering

Infrastructure Systems Modules (C and T)
CE5204    Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
CE5205    Transportation Planning
CE5207    Pavement Network Management Systems
CE5603    Engineering Economics and Project Evaluation
CE5804    Global Infrastructure Project Management
CE5805    Construction Equipment and Methods
CE5806    Construction Project and Site Control
CE5880    Topics in Project Management Engineering
CE5882    Topics in Transportation Engineering
TP5025    Intelligent Transportation Systems
TP5026    Transport Management & Policy
TP5027    Transport & Freight Terminal Management
TP5028    Intermodal Transportation Operations

Coastal & Offshore Engineering Modules (H)
CE4247    Treatment Plant Hydraulic
CE5307    Wave Hydrodynamics and Physical Oceanography
CE5308    Coastal Processes & Sediment Transport
CE5312    River Mechanics
CE5313    Groundwater Hydrology
CE5883    Topics in Hydraulic & Water Resources
OT5101    Exploration and Production of Petroleum
OT5201    Marine Statics and Dynamics
OT5202    Analysis & Design of Offshore Structures
OT5203    Design of Floating Structures
OT5204    Moorings & Risers
OT5205    Offshore Pipelines
OT5206    Offshore Foundations    
OT5207    Arctic Engineering
OT5208    Fatigue and Fracture for Offshore Structures
OT5881    Topics in Offshore Engineering
OT5882    Topics in Subsea Engineering

Other Technical Modules
CE3101    Integrated Infrastructure Project†
CE3102    Engineering of Socio-Technical Systems
GE2215    Introduction to GIS
GE3238    GIS Design and Practice
CE4291    Special Topics in Civil Engineering
CE5701    Special Topics in Civil Engineering
CE5702    CE Reliability Analysis and Design

depending on the topics covered

Recommended Semester Schedule

The recommended semester schedule for CE students is presented in Table 3.2.3c and Poly Direct Entry in Table 3.2.3d.

Table 3.2.3c: Recommended Semester Schedule for CE Students ( AY2013/2014 onwards)

Modules

MCs

Modules

MCs

Semester 1

 

Semester 2

 

MA1505   Mathematics I

4

MA1506   Mathematics II

4

PC1431  Physics IE

4

GEM/SS/Breadth Module

4

EG1109   Statics and Mechanics of Material

4

EG1108   Electrical Engineering

3

CE2409   Computer Applications in Civil Engineering^

4

ES1531   Critical Thinking and Writing

4

GEM/SS/Breadth Module

4

MLE1101   Introductory Materials and Science Engineering

4

ES1102   English*

 

 

 

Sub-total

20

Sub-total

19

* For students who have not passed or been exempted from the Qualifying English Test at the time of admissions to the Faculty, they have to do ES1000 and / or ES1102. This will be decided by CELC.
^ CA – 100%

Modules

MCs

Modules

MCs

Semester 3

 

Semester 4

 

CE2134   Hydraulics

4

CE2112   Soil Mechanics

4

CE2155   Structural Mechanics and Materials

4

CE3132   Water Resources Engineering

4

CE2184   Infrastructure and the Environment

4

CE2183   Construction Project Management

4

CE2407   Engineering and Uncertainty Analyses

4

ESE3001   Water Quality Engineering

4

ES2331   Communicating Engineering# (fulfills Breadth 1)

4

GEM/SS/Breadth Module

4

Sub-total

20

Sub-total

20

# ES2331 must be read on a graded basis as Breadth (module type code U9). ES1531 is a pre-requisite of ES2331, (hence you can choose to read ES2331 in any semester after you have passed ES1531).

Semester 5

 

Semester 6

 

CE3115   Geotechnical Engineering

4

CE3116   Foundation Engineering

4

CE3121   Transportation Engineering

4

CE3155   Structural Analysis

4

CE3166   Structural Steel Design and System

4

CE3165   Structural Concrete Design

4

GEM/SS/Breadth Module

4

Unrestricted Elective Module 2

4

Technical Elective Module 1

4

Unrestricted Elective Module 3

4

GEM/SS/Breadth Module

4

 

 

Sub-total

24

Sub-total

20

Semester 7

 

Semester 8

 

CE4103   Design Project¨

4

CE4104   B.Eng. Dissertation (Cont'd)

4

CE4104   B.Eng. Dissertation

4

Technical Elective Module 4

4

Technical Elective Module 2

4

Unrestricted Elective Module 5

4

Technical Elective Module 3

4

HR2002   Human Capital in Organizations

3

Unrestricted Elective Module 4

4

EG2401   Engineering Professionalism

3

Sub-total

20

Sub-total

18

¨ CE4103 is offered in semester 7 or 8, but take note that allocations for semester 8 are limited and also depending on your specialisation (if any).

Table 3.2.3d: Recommended Semester Schedule for CE students with an accredited Polytechnic Diploma ( AY2013/2014)

Modules

MCs

Modules

MCs

Semester 3

 

Semester 4

 

Breadth module

4

MA1505   Mathematics I

4

MA1301   Introductory Mathematics (fulfills Unrestricted Elective Module 1)

4

CE2112   Soil Mechanics

4

CE2155   Structural Analysis I

4

ESE3001   Water Quality Engineering

4

CE2184   Infrastructure and the Environment

4

MLE1101   Introductory Materials Science & Engineering

4

Singapore Studies or GEM

4

CE2183   Construction Project Management

4

ES1102   English**

-

PC1431   Physics IE (upon failure of APC test)

(4)

Sub-total

20

Sub-total

20 (24)

Semester 5   Semster 6  

MA1506   Mathematics II

4

CE3116   Foundation Engineering

4

CE2134   Hydraulics

4

CE3155   Structural Analysis

4

CE3115   Geotechnical Engineering

4

CE3165   Structural Concrete Design

4

CE3121   Transportation Engineering

4

CE3132   Water Resources Engineering

4

CE3166   Structural Steel and Design System

4

ES2331   Communicating Engineering#  (fulfills Breadth 1)

4

Technical Elective Module 1

4

 

 

Sub-total

24

Sub-total

20

# ES2331 must be read on a graded basis as Breadth (module type code U9). ES1531 is a pre-requisite of ES2331, (hence you can choose to read ES2331 in any semester after you have passed ES1531).

Semester 7

 

Semester 8

 

CE2407   Engineering and Uncertainty Analysis

4

CE4104   B.Eng. Dissertation (Cont'd)

4

CE4103   Design Project¨

4

Technical Elective Module 3

4

CE4104   B.Eng. Dissertation

4

Technical Elective Module 4

4

EG1108   Electrical Engineering

3

EG2401   Engineering Professionalism

3

Technical Elective 2

4

Singapore Studies or GEM

4

Sub-total

19

Sub-total

19

¨ CE4103 is offered in semester 7 or 8, but take note that allocations for semester 8 are limited and also depending on your specialisation (if any).

Special Programmes

  • Double Degree in Engineering (Civil) and Business Administration*
  • Double Degree in Engineering (Civil) and Economics*
  • Double Degree in Engineering (Civil) and Accounting*
  • Double Degree Programmes with French Grandes Écoles

* Please refer to: http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/cee/index.html