Higher Diploma in Construction & Civil Engineering
The Higher Diploma in Construction & Civil Engineering is a broad-based course that provides students with in-depth knowledge in civil engineering within the context of a construction environment. The module will cover theories and concepts of construction & civil engineering. The contents will cover from construction & civil engineering technologies, Engineering Mathematics, Science of Materials, Green Engineering Design and Application, Structural Analysis and Design, Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics. It also covers modules such as Professions in Context, Workplace Safety and Health Practice, Workplace Safety and Health Practice & Professional Practice Project. Students will attain the width and depth of knowledge in Civil Engineering.
The curriculum will include recent innovate skills for engaging the more challenging and complex needs in the industry. A focus on working in groups and classroom communication and collaboration are essential to prepare students for the future. In this course, you will acquire these skills through industry based projects, case studies and assignments.
Students can expect a higher demand from the developing projects in our Asia Pacific region. As a student, you can be a student-member of the professional body such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this organisation plays a leading role in the training and development for built environment sector.
At the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Apply the methods and techniques used in earthwork activities.
- Apply the problem solving in superstructures engineering.
- Evaluate the hazards associated with civil engineering activities.
- Evaluate the problems associated with civil engineering activities.
- Evaluate and identify structural defects and rectification
- Plan and apply structural modifications and refurbishment
- Assess construction problems using analytical methods
- Analyse, survey and derive systems for work procedures
- Data collection and presentation of descriptive statistics in engineering analysis
- Apply quantitative analysis in engineering
- Gain competency in systematic approach to analyse and solve engineering problems
- Apply the scientific principles of material properties in engineering.
- Analyse the structural behaviour of construction materials.
- Discuss scientific principles to the design and use of buildings.
- Solve engineering problems with materials using a scientific approach
- Know and discuss the heating and cooling process in material manufacturing
- Identify and apply the various safety and health practices in construction and other engineering industries.
- Execute the local administrative and incident/accident reporting procedures
- Identify and understand the health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction, built environment and the various engineering industries.
- Discuss the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy.
- Discuss hazard to review a risk assessment at the work site.
- Understand the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.
- Recognise the different types of clean energy that can be converted for green engineering
- Examine the sustainability issues with the energy systems.
- Apply the use the energy management technology and equipment
- Know the design or processing of harnessing clean energy
- Discuss how clean energy can be used to substitute costly and pollutant energy resources
- Discuss the application of clean energy in building, motor-driven machineries and industrial appliances.
- To know how to create a project scope and scheme of work.
- Recognise and propose implementation and monitoring the scheme of work.
- To discuss and reflect upon completed group project.
- Justify, conclude and summarize a solution for problems identified.
- Appreciate the methods and techniques used in tunnelling activities
- Apply the methods and techniques used in hydraulic structures
- Appreciate and apply the methods and techniques used in marine works
- Recognise the methods and techniques used in highway construction and railway works
- Solve problems arising from complex civil engineering activities.
- Identify new technologies and machines used in the Built Environment
- Apply the correct technologies for current building designs
- Apply trigonometric calculations to civil engineering problems
- Use algebraic equations to solve engineering problems
- Apply calculus to engineering problems
- Apply differential equations to engineering problems
- Apply statistical techniques to engineering problems.
- Interpret results from the engineering calculations.
- Use results to make decisions in engineering
- Analyse bending moments and shear forces for statically determinate structures.
- Understand and be able to analyse bending deflections for statically determinate structures.
- Appraise the behaviour of elastic columns subjected to axial loading
- Apply design methods.
- Identify structural defects problems and recommend solutions
- Apply methods or procedures to identify structural defects problems
- Apply codes of practice to produce effective and economical structural designs
- Describe the nature and importance of operational management.
- Describe the link between operations management and strategic planning.
- Plan and organise a typical construction process.
- Apply relevant techniques to the production of an operational plan for a typical business.
- Planning and organizing for an effective business operation
- Evaluate the effectiveness and productivity level of business operations.
- Apply the common rock types, their mode of formation and uses within construction.
- Classify soil types from the determination of their basic soil properties.
- Compare the primary design parameters for soils.
- Adopt systematic approach to soli analysis and testing
- Analyse the results from common soil tests.
- Apply correct code of practice in soil testing.
- Plan the formulation a research specification using scientific approach
- Implement the research project within agreed specification.
- Demonstrate the research outcomes and recommend new knowledge.
- Demonstrate the research outcomes.
The course consists of 12 modules:
- Construction & Civil Engineering Technology 1
- Engineering Mathematics
- Science of Materials
- Workplace Safety and Health Practice
- Green Engineering Design and Application
- Professions in Context
- Construction & Civil Engineering Technology 2
- Advanced Engineering Mathematics
- Structural Analysis and Design
- Operations Management
- Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
- Professional Practice Project
Construction & Civil Engineering Technology 1
This module requires learners to develop an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in civil engineering structures and the skills needed to solve complex problems associated with civil engineering activities.
This module introduces learners to the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures. This module has a strong theoretical underpinning knowledge that learners will develop an appreciation to the technical requirements for substructures and superstructures. Learners will be able to identify the hazards related to build environment and civil engineering activities. Upon understanding the importance of health, safety and welfare legislation, learners will prepare design solutions and produce safety plans for civil engineering works.
This module provides learners with an opportunity to develop skills in using analytical methods and statistics to solve construction and engineering problems.
This module provides learners with an understanding of analytical techniques and the mathematical skills needed to solve construction and engineering problems. This module has been designed to enable learners to use mathematical processes to solve construction, civil engineering and building services engineering problems. It is also intended to provide a basis for further study of the analytical methods and engineering mathematics needed for learners working in civil engineering and building services engineering disciplines.
Science of Materials
This module provides learners with the knowledge of the properties, structural behaviour and use of construction materials. Learners will be able to identify and apply the skills needed to solve engineering problems using scientific principles.
This module introduces to scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and the built environment. It provides learners with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. This module has been designed to enable learners studying construction or civil engineering to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the construction and built environment sector.
Workplace Safety and Health Practice
This module enable learners to appreciate health, safety and welfare legislation and policies are put into practice and monitor the effectiveness on health and safety in the built environment. Learners will draft risk assessments to counter health and safety issues in the built environment.
On completion of this module, learners will understand current health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction and built environment sector. Learners will understand the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy and its successful implementation in the workplace.
Learners will be able to identify the hazards around the work place and assess the potential risk involved and implement the most appropriate control measures to prevent or mitigate ill health and injuries on site.
Learners will learn to appreciate the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.
Green Engineering Design and Application
This module provides learners with knowledge on engineering design and application for low energy building management system, use of clean and reusable energy, applications on motor driven mechanism such as electric vehicles and other transportations.
Green engineering is value added engineering that considers low energy consumption, recycling and reuse of materials resource, processes and sustainability to reduce pollution. Different types of energy resources, their optimal use and innovative substitutes be considered. The design and application of green engineering will be studied for areas of building management, motor driven machineries and industrial applications. The module gives an understanding on environmentally friendly and efficient mobility and how to provide solutions in future requirements. Student will also learn about uses of environmentally friendly, easily biodegradable fuels and sustainably generated, pollutant tested materials. The module will deal with creative ways to handle future energy needs.
Professions in Context
This module provides learners with a prospect to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope, scheme of work, critically analyse and present the project.
This module will develop learners’ skills in terms of identifying a realistic problem and able to propose a solution and as the ability to work collectively as a team. This module also facilitates the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules to be applied to this project.
This module is designed to bring the learners together into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contribution to the outcome and exhibit their ability to work as a team.
Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of their group project and be able to present solutions.
Construction & Civil Engineering Technology 2
This aim of this module is to teach the methods and techniques used for civil engineering projects and cultivate skills in solving problems arising from construction and civil engineering activities.
This module provides learners with an understanding of standard methods and techniques used in complex civil engineering activities. There will be a strong emphasis on the theories that reinforces the knowledge in this module. There will also be emphasis on learners in selecting and applying the appropriate methods and resources through a variety of realistic case studies. Discussion on new technologies that is available and practiced in different parts of the world in the Built Environment will be addressed.
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
This module provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of trigonometric functions and the skills needed to apply for advanced mathematical techniques to solve complex engineering problems.
This module will enhance learners’ application of trigonometry, algebra, calculus and statistics. Trigonometric functions are explored largely as a foundation for their application to the understanding of waves. Additional techniques, including matrices and numerical methods, are introduced so learners are able to solve linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Skills in the correct use and application of calculus are enhanced by introducing learners to partial differentiation and the application and solution of differential equations. This is developed by exploring the techniques used in integration, and the application of these techniques to the calculation of areas and volumes. Learners will develop skills in data gathering and analysis by considering the common forms of distribution. Learners will also gain an understanding of how mathematics is used to communicate results and support decision making.
Structural Analysis and Design
This module aims to teach skills to analyse and design mathematically derived structures in compliance with current codes of practice and standards.
This module focuses on the skills required to analyse construction designs and appraise statistically determined structures. Learners will design common structural elements to the appropriate Singapore Standard code of practice and British Code of Practice. Learners are encouraged to work with real-life examples and develop the skills needed to produce effective and economic designs.
It will develop the learner’s ability to solve common structural analysis problems using strength of materials and approximate methods. The module will also includes case studies provide the student with the ability to perform analyses for preliminary and conceptual design and to verify the results of direct stiffness and finite element models
The aim of this module is to teach students the role and importance of operations management with emphasis is on the efficiency and effectiveness on managing the entire operations in the built environment. It also covers strategies used, such as capacity planning, facilities location planning, aggregate planning and scheduling, as well as inventory management techniques and quality management.
Operations management is the area of business activity concerned with the production of goods and services. It includes the responsibility of ensuring that all business/organisational operations are efficient in terms of minimising costs by using as few resources as possible, and effective in terms of maximising quality and meeting customer requirements. It is concerned with managing the transformational processes that convert inputs (in the form of materials, labour and energy) into outputs (in the form of goods and services). It is important therefore that learners seeking employment in the construction world realise that the ‘proper’ organisation of productive systems, and their interfaces with internal as well as external customers and suppliers, is essential if buildings are to be built on time, to cost and within the law.
Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
This module will aim to teach learners geology of Singapore & ground investigation, classification of soils, basic soil properties, groundwater flow, Darcy’s law and permeability measurement.
This module provides learners with skills to classify soil types and establish primary design parameters for soils. Learners will discuss the significance of the ground investigation element of site investigation. This module also covers the skills required to test soils to current codes of practice and the associated analysis of laboratory data. Learners will also gain a working understanding of the tests needed to classify soils and establish their design parameters.
Professional Practice Project
To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a continued research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional development.
This module is designed to enable learners to gain confidence in using research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research and presenting the findings.
Learners must understand the theory that underpins formal research. The research itself will depend on learners, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. This module draws together a range of other information and knowledge of content from within the programme of study to form a holistic piece research work that will make a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners will be able to develop skills such independent learning and drawing conclusion from their work.
Scope of Study
A broad-based course that provides students with in-depth knowledge in civil engineering within the context of a construction environment. The course will cover theories and concepts of construction & civil engineering.
The module will consist of lectures, case studies, group discussions and demonstrations in classrooms.
Commencement Dates / Intakes
Intake every 2 months.
The course duration for:
Part-time 24 months
Full-time 20 months
Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 48 months.
Weekdays – 7pm to 10pm (twice a week)
Weekend only Sunday Class 10am to 4pm
100% assignment for 10 modules.
70% assignments 30% examination for 2 modules
Assessment Grading Criteria
HD: > 90%
A: > 80% – 89%
B: > 70% – 79%
C: > 60% – 69%
D: > 50% – 59%
E: > 45% – 49%
F: > 0% – 44%
Expected Examination Results Release Date
Not more than 3 months from the date of Final Assessment.
Higher Diploma in Construction & Civil Engineering awarded by Coleman College
Pass all required assessments
The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications or experience. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.
Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40 for Lectures.
Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the allowable seating capacity.
Graduate who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme/course offered by other institutions or universities. Admission is subjected to these institutions or universities entry requirement the point of application.
‘A’ Level 3 subjects passes. English plus any other subjects or; a related Diploma from local Polytechnic or; other CPE registered PEI or equivalent (Diplomas from other countries) Minimum 21 years and above.
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
Relevant Working Experience:
Student with other diploma qualifications with minimum age of 23 years with at least 3 years working experience in relevant field. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be done to analysis whether student has met the required skills to be admitted onto our Higher Diplomas.
Matured students, of 30 years old with at least 8 years of working experience will be considered on an individual basis.
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