Diploma in Civil Engineering

Diploma in Civil Engineering

The Diploma in Civil Engineering is a course that provides students with foundation knowledge in civil engineering within the context of a built environment. The theories and concepts of civil engineering are taught at the fundamental level. There are other modules in this course that will provide a wider knowledge that are related to civil engineering work. Students will attain the broader perspective of Civil Engineering.

This course would give students sufficient knowledge to gain entry level jobs in civil engineering for construction works and maintenance.

Students will learn the technical issues, procedures and conducting of civil engineering works. The course will equips student the work and health safety issues related to the construction environment. Managing the technical and business resources in a construction environment will provide students with value added knowledge. Classroom sessions will include the use of innovative skills, group work, collaborative learning, and presentation & communication skills for a holistic learning experience.

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • List the key features of workplace health and safety legislation and regulations.
  • Describe the safety lapses and control hazards in the workplace.
  • Describe a risk assessment and able to identify control measures.
  • Explain the methods used when reporting and recording accidents and incidents.
  • List the range of different businesses and their ownership.
  • Describe how businesses are organised to achieve their purposes.
  • Relate to the impact of the economic environment on businesses.
  • Explain how political, legal and social factors impact on business.
  • List the key features of physical resources.
  • Explain the role of the resources manager.
  • List the legal requirements for managing physical resources.
  • Know how to understand and monitor the quality and effectiveness of physical resources.
  • Describe fundamental techniques, processes and materials used in the construction of civil engineering works.
  • Describe the factors that constrain civil engineering work.
  • List the most suitable plant, materials and methods for civil engineering projects.
  • Describe civil engineering infrastructure projects.
  • Classify a project scope and scheme of work.
  • Outline the implementation for the scheme of work.
  • Illustrate and explain the group project.

Course Outline

The course consists of 5 modules:

  • Foundation of Workplace Safety and Health
  • The Business Environment
  • Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment
  • Civil Engineering
  • Group Project

Foundation of Workplace Safety and Health


This module will give learners an introduction to the key importance of Workplace health and safety legislation and regulations and how these are applied in the construction environment to create a safe working condition.

Module abstract

This module will give learners an understanding of different type of hazards and risks associated with Workplace health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace. Learners will be able to appreciate the purpose of enforcement agencies and their roles in complying with the related legal obligations.

Learners will be required to undertake risk assessments at the workplace and to appreciate the significant risks encountered in the workplace. Propose the measures to be taken to deal with them. Learners will be able to appreciate and apply the principles of reporting and recording accidents and incidents within a legal context.

Workplace health and safety in the workplace is about measures designed to protect the health and safety of employees, visitors and the general public who may be affected by workplace activities. Safety measures are concerned with controlling and reducing risks to anyone who might be affected by these activities.

The Business Environment


The aim of this module is to introduce to the learners the fundamental knowledge of a business organisation and the many elements that shape the nature of organisations operating in a complex business world.

Module abstract

Learners will be introduced to different types of organisations and its purpose of setting up. Learners will build on these experiences and learn to ‘walk in the shoes’ of owners, stakeholders and managers of organisations.

The Module introduces learners to a range of business activities. They will consider the purpose of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders and how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures.

Learners will then explore the dynamic nature of organisations through studying the impact of external (political, legal and social) influences on business operations. Learners will study the fundamental economic principles that impact on businesses.

By studying two different business environments, learners will gain some insight into how businesses operate in different parts of the world and how the development of a global marketplace impacts on all businesses.


Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment


The aim of this module is to introduce to learners the importance of physical resources to an organisation. Learners will develop their understanding of the role of the resources manager.

Module abstract

This module introduces learners to the importance that organisations place on the use of their physical resources. Greater awareness of the impact on the environment by the inefficient use of physical resources such as water, gas, oil and paper and the high costs involved in producing energy to support an organisation’s needs. This has resulted in organisations having to meet regulatory requirements such as emissions of toxic substances as well as seeking to reduce physical resource costs.

Learners will develop their understanding of the broad responsibilities and duties involved in the management of physical resources. The resource management function involves developing excellent negotiation skills in order to negotiate partnerships with suppliers and knowledge of relevant legal obligations that fall within the remit of resource management.

Organisations need to ensure the best use of efficiency, quality and waste management issues are addressed to improve performance and reduce costs. The module will shows learners that managing physical resources is a key function in organisations and that it involves obtaining and using materials, equipment, supplies, premises and energy in the most efficient way to achieve the organisation’s operational objectives. Organisations must also ensure that their physical resources are a safe and secure working environment for employees and meet all legal requirements.

Learners will need to appreciate that the maintenance and refurbishment of facilities are activities which require careful planning, ensuring compliance with organisational procedures and staying within budget.


Civil Engineering


The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamental techniques, processes and materials used in the civil engineering works. It also aims to enable learners to understand the factors that constrain civil engineering work. Learners will also gain an understanding of the function of civil engineers and of the economics and lifecycle issues associated with infrastructure projects. Develop skills in selecting plant, materials and methods for civil engineering projects.

Module abstract

Infrastructure projects such as new roads, railways, airports and water projects all require the skills of the civil engineer. This module gives learners an opportunity to understand the role of those responsible for these projects and how projects are developed and achieved.

All civil engineers must have a fundamental knowledge of civil engineering construction methods and processes; either they choose to specialise in a particular area of work or may work across a number of different areas.

Learners will explore the groundworks, foundations, substructure, superstructure and external works in a construction project. In each of these areas, learners will study the techniques, processes and key materials used.

The projects they undertake are constrained by physical conditions, financial and environmental requirements. Learners will develop an understanding of how these factors influence the selection of techniques, processes and materials used in a variety of different situations.


Group Project


This module provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project.

Module abstract

This module will develop learners’ skills in terms of the evaluation and resolution of realistic practical problems and the ability to work as part of a team. This module also enables the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules, and where possible experiences from work, to a major piece of work. This module is designed to bring together small groups of learners 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 demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale, within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief.

Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of the group project and be able to present solutions. The module will prepares them with actual work scenario when working on projects.

Scope of Study

Introduction to concepts, technological practices and basic task/job completion procedures in civil engineering

Delivery Mode

The module will consist of lectures, case studies, group discussions and demonstrations in classrooms.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

Intake every 2 months.

Course Duration

The course duration is 9 months.

Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 36 months.

Class Period

Sunday: 9am to 6pm


Saturday: 6pm to 10pm & Sunday 6pm to 10pm

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Assignment, Project work

Assessment Methods

100% Assignment for all modules except Group Project.

Group Project

80% project work

20% presentation

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.

Qualification Award

Diploma in Civil Engineering awarded by Coleman College

Graduation Requirements

Pass all required assessments

Teacher Qualifications

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.

Progression Pathway

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.

Age: Age 18 years and above
Academic: Minimum GCE ‘O’ Level with 3-subject passes or equivalent
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

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