BSc Civil Engineering Programme Background
Course Description

For the last ten years, Uganda's construction industry has been growing at a high rate. There is thus high demand for qualified personnel to design the civil Engineering infrastructure and also manage their construction.  Like many developing countries, the utilisation of the available technical resources and personnel is important in advancing the economy and saving on the meagre resources that would otherwise go to hiring experts or training local managers abroad.


Civil Engineering is a very important profession.  It deals with provision of solutions to the majority of basic needs of society.  The profession requires planning, designing and construction of physical infrastructure that enhances and sustains human activity.  These include provision of shelter, water treatment, water supply, waste disposal, transportation, and a host of others.  The role of a Civil Engineering is to provide these and others as society may need from time to time in a changing world.

Justification

The number of persons in Uganda qualified to study Civil Engineering has increased over the years.  Many high school leavers with good grades have not been absorbed in the existing Universities due to limited vacancies. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering has been designed to address the above and enhance Uganda's modernisation.

Programme Aim

The programme aims to:

1. Develop graduates in Civil Engineering with the necessary skills and attributes to take roles within industry as professional engineers, and provide an educational base to facilitate future progression to Incorporated Status in this respect.

2. Develop graduates who can apply established principles and techniques to produce well judged solutions to civil engineering problems.

3. Equip students with an awareness of engineering in the wider economic and social context.

4. Offer a challenging programme, which is current, relevant and informed by staff professional experience and consultancy.

5. Provide opportunities to encourage access, consistent with Professional Body requirements.

6. Provide the opportunities for students to achieve their full potential. 

Programme Objectives

The general objectives of the programme are to:

1. Produce Civil Engineers who are well equipped in theoretical and practical technical skills to design, construct, supervise and maintain infrastructure;

2. Impart state-of-the-art knowledge to the students in the field of Civil Engineering and produce competent civil engineers who will play vital role in the national development.

3. Provide critical learning for a broad function in various areas of Civil Engineering, including structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation engineering and construction management.

4. Train People who will be Innovative and Job creators

5. Produce engineers who are aware of the advancement of engineering knowledge in the developed countries so that they may keep themselves abreast with such developments.

6. Impress upon them the spirit of discipline, teach them the code of ethics of the engineering profession and impress upon them to follow it during their practical life

7. Train people who will be able to advance in higher education, research and development;

8. Prepare graduate engineers to be competitive in both national and international market by inculcating the engineering and managerial skills

9. Train personnel to work in government and private institutions;

10. Train personnel who will conserve the environment and maintain public health.

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Programme Structure

The general structure of the programme is as follows:

First Year

Semester I (All Core Courses)

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

EMT1123

Mathematics for Engineers I

45

0

45

3

EPH1113

Engineering Physics

30

30

45

3

GMT1131

Communication Skills

30

30

45

3

MEC1151

Engineering Drawing and CAD

30

30

45

3

BCE1105

Engineering Profession and Society

45

0

45

3

EMT1141

Engineering Mechanics – Statics

45

0

45

3

ECH1118

Chemistry for Engineers

30

30

45

3

ELE1131

Electrical Principles I

45

0

45

3

Semester Load = 24 CU

Semester 2

EMT1224

Engineering Mathematics II

30

30

45

3

BCE1202

Strength of Material

30

30

45

3

MEC1203

Introduction to Engineering Material

45

0

45

3

BCE1204

Engineering Surveying I

30

30

45

3

ELE2232

Electrical Installation

30

30

45

3

MEC1212

Manufacturing Technology

30

30

45

3

EMT1242

Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics

30

30

45

3

CME1211

Computer Methods I

30

30

45

3

Semester Load = 24 CU

Recess Term (Core Course)

    

BCE1301

Industrial Training I

0

360

45

3

Total Year 1 Credits =  24 + 24 + 3 = 51 CU

Second Year

Semester I (All Core Courses)

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

EMT2123

Engineering Mathematics III

45

0

45

3

BCE2102

Structural Analysis I

60

0

60

4

MEC2101

Thermofluids

45

0

45

3

BCE2104

Engineering Surveying II

30

30

45

3

BCE2103

Civil Engineering Drawing

30

60

60

4

BCE2105

Concrete Technology

45

30

30

4

BCE2107

Hydrology and Water Management

   

3

      

Semester Load = 24 CU

Semester 2

 

Probability and Statistics

45

0

45

3

BCE2202

Structural Analysis II

60

0

60

4

BCE2203

Computing for Civil Engineering

15

60

45

3

BCE2204

Construction Technology

30

30

45

3

BCE2205

Geotechnical Engineering I

45

30

60

4

BCE2206

Engineering Geology

45

30

60

4

 

Elective I

   

3

      

Semester Load = 24 CU

Recess Term (Core Course)

    
 

Industrial Training I

0

360

45

3

Total Year 2 Credits =      +       + 3 =

Third Year

Semester I (All Core Courses)

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

BCE3101

Design of Concrete and Pre-stressed Structures

45

30

60

4

BCE3102

Hydraulics and Hydraulic Structures

45

30

60

4

BCE3103

Water Resources Engineering I

30

30

45

3

BCE3104

Geotechnical Engineering II

45

30

60

4

BCE3105

Measurement of Building Works

30

30

45

3

BCE3106

Research Methods and Proposal Writing

30

30

45

3

BCE3207

Transportation Engineering  

30

30

45

3

      
      

Semester Load = 24 CU

Semester II

BCE3201

Design of Steel Structures

45

30

60

4

BCE3202

Water Treatment and Supply Engineering

30

30

45

3

BCE3203

Highway Engineering

30

30

45

3

BCE3204

Construction Technology III

45

30

60

4

BCE3205

Measurement of Civil Engineering Work

30

30

45

3

BCE3206

Group Design Project

15

90

60

4

 

Elective II

  

45

3

Semester Load = 24 CU

Recess Term (Core Course)

    
 

Industrial Training I

0

360

45

3

Total Year 3 Credits =      +       + 3 =

Fourth Year

Semester I (All Core Courses)

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

BCE4101

Design of Timber and Masonry Structures

30

30

45

3

BCE4102

Sanitation Engineering

30

30

45

3

BCE4103

Construction Management

30

30

45

3

BCE4104

Estimating and Tendering

30

30

45

3

BCE4105

Entrepreneurship Skills

30

30

45

3

BCE4106

Research Proposal Writing and Presentation

15

60

45

3

 

Elective III

  

45

3

 

Elective VI

  

45

3

Semester Load = 24 CU

Semester 2

BCE4201

Building Services

45

30

60

4

BCE4202

Construction Law

30

30

45

3

BCE4203

Traffic Engineering and Management

45

30

60

4

BCE4204

Project Management

30

30

45

3

BCE4205

Urban Engineering

30

30

45

3

BCE4206

Individual Project

15

90

60

4

 

Elective V

   

3

      

Semester Load = 24 CU

Recess Term (Core Course)

    
 

Industrial Training I

0

360

45

3

Total Year 4 Credits =      +       + 3 =

ELECTIVE I

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

 

Strength of Material II

    
 

Engineering Surveying III

   

ELECTIVE II

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

 

Advanced Mechanics of Solids

    
 

Architecture and Town Planning

    
 

Reinforced Concrete Design II

    
 

Fluids and Drainage Engineering

   

ELECTIVE III

Code

Course Title

L

P/T

CH

CU

 

Building Planning and Drawing

    
 

Water Resource Engineering II

    
 

Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

    
 

Transportation Economics and Project