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Module Name Civil Engineering Methods

Module Code CE 2211 Version No. 2016-1
Year/Level 2 Semester 1
Credit Points 04
Pre-requisites CE1011 Engineering Mechanics or an equivalent
ME1050 Engineering Materials or an equivalent
MA1300 Engineering Mathematics I or an equivalent
Co-requisites None
Methods of Delivery Lectures (Face-to-face) 3 Hours/Week
Labs 5 Hours /Fortnight
Course Web Site http://courseweb.sliit.lk

Date of Original April 2013

Date of Next Review September 2017


Civil Engineering Methods is designed to provide students knowledge and hands on

Introducti experience in engineering drawing and engineering surveying. It also expects to
on widen appreciation of the use of theory and practical aspects of survey techniques
and related calculations.
At the end of the module student will be able to:
Outcomes LO1: Apply drawing basics to produce building drawings including plan, elevation,
sections and details for structures

LO2 : Apply basic theories, regulations, and related practical methodologies to

interpret Civil Engineering drawings and convert details to different
communication modes

LO3: Apply the basic theories and related practical methodologies to conduct a
vertical control survey by using instruments, asses the accuracy of the work
and produce LS, CS and charts to communicate the final outcome of the

LO4: Apply the basic theories and related practical methodologies to conduct a
horizontal control survey by using instruments (TS, TL, and Level) asses the
accuracy of the survey work and produce detailed drawings and charts to
communicate the final outcome of the survey.

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Assessme Assessment activities:
nt Criteria  Fieldwork exercise as part of continuous assessment will carry 30% of the
total marks.
 Engineering drawing workshop will carry 20% of the total marks allocated
for the subject.
 Final examination is for 50% marks and the final exam will be a closed book
end of semester exam.

 Drawing workshop 20% LO1, LO2

 Field Work 30% LO3, LO4
 Final Examination 50% LO1-LO4
TOTAL 100%
Module To pass this module students are required to have 100% participation for field work
Requireme sessions and achieve a pass mark for both the “Continuous Assessments”
nt component and the “End of the Semester Examination” component and achieve an
overall mark that would qualify for a “C” grade or above.
Learning Recommended Texts
Resources  Uren, J and Price, W F (2006) Surveying for Engineers, 4th Edition,
 Irvine W and Maclennan (2006) Surveying for Construction, Fifth Ed.,
McGraw Hill
 Bannister and Raymond, Surveying (Six Edition), ELBS, (1992)


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1. Civil Engineering Drawing

Sketching Techniques: Views on structures

Introduction to Civil Engineering Drawings : Rationale, Principles, Documentation standards,

Drawing components, Methods of projection, Drawing basics, Dimension techniques, Grid
references, Annotation, Conventions and symbols, Use of CAD software

Planning Regulations: Land subdivision, Building regulations, Disable requirements, Rain water
harvesting, Parking regulations

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Interpreting Civil Engineering Drawings: Foundation Types, Drawings in reinforced concrete,
structural steel, Rural and urban road drawings / municipal engineering elements, Drainage
drawings, Bridge drawings

Road Design Overview: Horizontal alignment, Vertical alignment, Cross sectional elements

2. Civil Engineering Surveying

Introduction to surveying : Principles in surveying, Surveying methods
Vertical Control: Levelling, Tachometric surveying, Introduction to levelling, equipment used in
levelling, methods of booking and calculation, sources of errors, field applications of levelling.
Horizontal Control Surveys: Tape and offset survey, Triangulation, Traverse surveying,
calculations Traverse surveying, methods of taking details
Distance Measurements: Chaining, Steel taping, Electromagnetic distance measurement,
corrections to distance readings
Angle Measurements: Theodolite and its uses, measurement of horizontal and vertical angles,
field adjustments and permanent adjustments of Theodolite
Errors in measurement: Type of errors, error corrections in surveying

Generic Information

Any type of plagiarism is not allowed.

Plagiarism: Academic honesty is crucial to a student’s credibility and self-esteem, and

ultimately reflects the values and morals of the Institute as whole. A student may
work together with one or a group of students discussing assignment content,
identifying relevant references, and debating issues relevant to the subject. Plagiarism
occurs when the work of another person, or persons, is used and presented as one’s

End of Module Outline

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