CVEN10050 Intro to Civil & Envir Eng

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will focus on challenges that Civil Engineers face in the 21st Century. The topics to be covered will be:

"Climate Change & Civil Engineering": This topic will start with a discussion on climate change projections, before then examining the impact of climate change (in particular flooding) on civil engineering infrastructure. It will also investigate how to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change.

"Transportation for the 21st Century" This topic will focus on the issues around car dependency and the negative consequences associated with it (i.e. congestion, air and noise pollution). It will also look at why we have the transport problems that we have today and how transport engineering (policy, planning and infrastructure provision) can help solve such problems.

"Geohazards" This topic will look at landslides, sinkholes and other ground hazards that affect civil engineering infrastructure and investigate their causes. It will also look at the impact of climate change on these geohazards and discuss what we, as engineers can do to reduce the their risk of occuring.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Understand the impact of climate change on civil engineering infrasturcture
2. Understand modern transportation problems and how transport engineering can help to solve such problems
3. Understand the causes of geohazards (e.g. landslides, sinkholes) and how engineers deal with such issues
4. Communicate effectively by making oral presentations.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, group work, assignments, student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Minimum of C3 in Higher Level Leaving Cert Maths

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Transportation Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Environmental assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Geotechnical Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Páraic Carroll Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Philip Crowe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Shane Donohue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiachra O'Loughlin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Puneeta Sreenivas Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 16:50