Module Title:Engineering Science I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: - Lectures - Project - Laboratory practicals - Private study
Module Aim: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles and applications of engineering science and to develop practical laboratory skills in physics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of key principles of physics as applied to civil engineering.
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of physical quantities, units, force systems, friction, stress and strain
LO3 Define, calculate and graphically represent component forces, resultant forces, moments, simple beam reactions, shear force and bending moments.
LO4 Explain the theory behind practical experiments carried out in the laboratory. Apply scientific procedures, including recording and analysing experimental data. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles behind basic laboratory instruments.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Units and Physical Quantities
(a) The International System of Units: mass, length, time, density, relative density, force, weight and unit weight.
(a) Resultant of a system of forces, (b) Parallelogram law, (c) Equilibrium, (d) Triangle of forces, (e) Polygon of forces, (f) Resolution of forces.
(a) Moment of a force, (b) Supports (c) Beam Reactions (d) Types of Loads
(a) Laws of dry friction, (b) Limiting friction, (c) Friction on horizontal and inclined planes, (d) Angle of friction and the total reaction.
Shear and Bending Moment Diagrams
(a) Shear and bending moment diagrams (b) Point and uniform distributed force loading
Stress and Strain
(a) Direct stress and strain, (b) Hooke’s law, (c) Modulus of elasticity.
Introduction to the Physics Laboratory; Mass Weight and Density; Acceleration Due to Gravity Using a Simple Pendulum; Hooke's Law and Experiments using a Spiral Spring; Determine Youngs Modulus for a Wire; Friction Experiments; Vector Addition of Forces/Resolving Forces; Investigating Moments of Forces; Demonstrating Newton's Laws using Pullys.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A two-hour practical each week 1,2,3,4 50.00 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 1.67
Estimated Learner Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 5.42
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMCIV_D Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 1 Mandatory