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ES1A0 - Computational Modelling

  • Module code: ES1A0
  • Module name: Computational Modelling
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The use of models aims to provide information necessary to make decisions in the design and development of Civil Engineering solutions or to investigate solutions which are too costly, difficult or unethical to investigate physically. Vast numbers of bespoke software solutions are available to Civil Engineers working in industry but this module will focus on designing and programming models from first principles showing the application of mathematical techniques and avoidance of modelling errors. There are design principles associated with models which ensure robust development and these will also be covered along with verification and validation techniques and applications to data modelling. These methods are inherited from software design processes and the synthesis will be exploited.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Simplify real civil engineering problems and approximate via a mathematical model. • Represent multi-domain systems in a graphical programming environment. • Derive models and relationships from data. • Construct a model to predict system response to inputs using simulation methods. • Demonstrate understanding that models are a tool developed with a user and purpose in mind. • Describe the role of modelling and simulation in Engineering design and development.

Timetabled teaching activities

Learning activity is scheduled as 24 weeks, comprising of formally timetabled sessions and student-led activities. Intensive timetabled activity comprising of: 14 hours of lectures, 2 hours of revision lectures, 12 hours of computer based exercises, Student-led learning comprising of: 5 hours of online exercises (Moodle Quizzes) 8 hours of work-based project presentation and verification. Total of 41 hours.

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback are available on the lecture material, via online web-forum based in module support Moodle pages.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES1A0-15)
A (Assessed work only) Online Computer-based Exercises 30%
  Work-based Project 70%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) (H220) - Year 1
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