Course Overview

The ME in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway is a 60 ECTS full-time taught Masters programme, starting in September and running until early June of the following year. The programme sits at Level 9 in the Irish qualifications system and has been designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for progression to Chartered Engineer status with Engineers Ireland.  An application to Engineers Ireland for accreditation is currently being assessed (May 2015). NUI Galway has a long tradition of producing high quality graduates from its accredited Level 8 Bachelor degree (BE) in Civil Engineering. This new programme builds on this experience, educating Civil Engineers to even higher standards and accelerating them to positions of leadership in industry.

Accreditation and Chartered Status

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successful completion of this ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng MIEI) status. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification (who are not BE graduates from NUI Galway) should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Therefore candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).

Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

The majority of lecturers on this course are from the core Civil Engineering discipline. Additional lecturing support will be provided by expert practitioners from industry and by staff from disciplines that are cognate to Civil Engineering.

The core Civil Engineering staff are:

  • Dr Bryan McCabe BA BAI PhD CEng EurIng FIEI, (Head of Civil Engineering, ME Course Director)
  • Professor Padraic O’Donoghue; B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Professor Michael Hartnett; B.E., M.Eng. Sc., Ph.D. , C.Eng., FIEI
  • Prof Xinmin Zhan; B.A., B.E., M.E., Ph.D
  • Dr Eoghan Clifford; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • D. Jamie Goggins; B.A., B.A.I., PhD, C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Annette Harte; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Mark Healy; B.E., M.Eng. Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Marcus Keane; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • Dr Thomas Mullarkey; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Stephen Nash; B.A., B.A.I., M.Sc., PhD
  • Dr Piaras Ó hEachteirn; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI
 

Requirements and Assessment

This programme has an overall weighting of 60 ECTS. The student takes a number of taught modules (40 ECTS) and these are examined at the end-of-semester examinations in December and April and/or through assignments and continuous assessment. The individual project (20 ECTS) runs throughout the year, with a submission date at the end of May. Projects are available across all branches of civil engineering, and the student works with an individual supervisor. The student may also wish to propose a project of their own.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third level college.

Additional Requirements

Duration

9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYE19

Course Outline

The ME in Civil Engineering, which is a broad design-focussed programme, has three primary elements: (i) advanced core modules in Civil Engineering, (ii) modules on transferrable skills/professional development and (iii) an individual capstone research project. The taught modules amount to 40 ECTS and these will be examined at the end of semester examinations in December and April/May and/or through continuous assessment assignments. The 20 ECTS individual project will run throughout the year with a submission date at the end of May. Projects will be available across all branches of Civil Engineering and each student will work with an individual supervisor. Equally, a student is welcome to propose a project of his/her own.

Core Civil Engineering 5 ECTS modules will include:

  • Advanced Structures
  • Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems 
  • Transportation Systems and Infrastructure
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Energy in Buildings
  • Computational Methods in Civil Engineering
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • The Built Environment

Students will also carry out an Integrated Design Project (an obligatory core module), drawing on knowledge across the discipline, and this will reflect the strong design ethos of the programme.

There is an extensive list of transferrable/professional skills available.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required CE510: Civil Engineering Project/Thesis


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 20

Students are required to attend lectures on technical writing, and to research, write and present the results of their dissertation
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Work effectively as an individual to carry out a major project.
  2. Research a particular topic in detail using various research facilities such as library books, published papers/journal or the world wide web.
  3. Assess the literature and other material relating to a particular topic and then define the scope of the project.
  4. Be fully aware of the broader scope of a project including issues that go beyond the confines of civil engineering.
  5. Design and carry out particular experiments or tests and/or use a particular software package depending on the type of project undertaken.
  6. Critically analyse and interpret data and results, and present the findings in an appropriate manner.
  7. Appreciate the ethical considerations, such as plagiarism, when conducting a project and when completing a written report. prepare a comprehensive report on the project.
  8. Prepare and orally present a summary of the project
  9. Prepare a one-page poster summary of the project.
  10. Prepare a technical paper based on the results of their study
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE510: "Civil Engineering Project/Thesis" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE514: Transportation Systems and Infrastructure II


Semester 1 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand theory behind bituminous materials and the analytical design of pavements and apply this theory to pavement design
  2. Use geometric design and pavement design software – Novapoint - and sample design problems
  3. Design infrastructure and implement strategies for improving road safety
  4. Develop appropriate monitoring and maintenance strategies for highways
  5. Design road drainage systems and embankements along with minimising environmental impacts of highways
  6. Predict traffic noise and present methods for noise reduction or control
  7. Design infrastructure that enables improved urban mobility and non-motorised transport (e.g. cycle lanes)
  8. Develop transport systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and have reduced carbon footprints during construction and operation stages
  9. Understand public transport infrastructure and the management systems used for their operation
  10. Develop traffic management systems and be familiar with intelligent traffic management systems
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE514: "Transportation Systems and Infrastructure II" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional ME521: Research Methods for Engineers


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The aim of this course is to equip graduates in engineering with appropriate skills to conduct autonomous research. It is essential for the effective generation, collection analysis and interpretation of scientific knowledge.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the process, methods and tools of conducting scientific research
  2. Define the research problem and formulate alternative research ideas and research questions
  3. Use database systems for literature searches
  4. Use EndNote for academic referencing
  5. Be capable of structuring and synthesising the literature
  6. Develop a conceptual model
  7. Develop effective oral and written skills
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module ME521: "Research Methods for Engineers" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional IE446: Project Management


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Project management is a means to an end and not an end in itself. The purpose of project management is to foresee or predict as many of the potential pitfalls and problems as soon as possible and to plan, organise and control activities so that the project is successfully completed in spite of any difficulties and risks. This process starts before any resources are committed, and must continue until all the work is completed. The primary aim of this course is to improve the effectiveness of people engaged in project management. It focuses on the essential concepts and practical skills required for managing projects in dynamic environments. This course aims to provide learners with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of project management and to equip them with simple yet powerful tools that will empower them to meet their full potential in the area of project management thus enabling them to implement successful projects on time, within budget and to the highest possible standard.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the critical influencing factors for successful project management and execution.
  2. Understand the key reasons for failure and to comprehend the impact and implications of project failure on the individual, team and organisation.
  3. Specify an effective project plan, which is consistent with the business plan of the company
  4. Demonstrate the ultimate success of the plan through successful project implementation
  5. Be capable of using appropriate tools to schedule a project and associated activities and tasks
  6. Be capable of using tools to analyse the health of a project portfolio and to select relevant projects that align with the overall portfolio.
  7. Understand the concept of cross functional team working
  8. Gain a solid grounding in transferable skills such as problem specification, team working, and the ability to synthesise and apply acquired knowledge to the solution of problems
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Project Management: A Managerial Approach" by Meredith, J.R. and Mantel, S.J.
  2. "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)" by Project Management Institute
The above information outlines module IE446: "Project Management" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional AY872: Financial Management I


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY872: "Financial Management I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The module covers a broad range of topics that critically affect the successful identification and commercialisation of technologies. It is designed to help students develop strong conceptual foundations for understanding and exploiting technological innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, it aims to equip students with an understanding of the technology innovation life cycle and the key issues involved in entrepreneurship and new venture creation. It introduces concepts and frameworks to create, commercialise and capture value from technology-based products and services. It will provide students with a comprehensive toolbox to enable them to identify opportunities, develop feasibility studies and business plans in order to develop and manage innovation throughout the product lifecycle and exploit a new technological venture.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the critical influencing factors for successful technology development and execution
  2. Be capable of using appropriate methods and tools to develop and exploit a technology
  3. Gain a solid grounding in transferable skills such as creative thinking, problem specification, team working, and the ability to synthesise and apply acquired knowledge to solve real world problems
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written skills
  5. Assess the consequences of different courses of action
  6. Take practical decisions and evaluate the results
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "product Design & Development" by Ulrich, K.T. and Eppinger, S. D.
    Publisher: McGraw Hill
  2. "Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies" by Zenios, S. Makower, J. Yock, P.
    Publisher: Cambridge University press
The above information outlines module ME432: "Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE511: Computational Methods in Civil Engineering


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module introduces students to computer-based methods used in the solution of engineering problems. It provides the level of knowledge required to successfully apply these methods to a broad range of applications including structures, heat transfer, fluid flow etc. Students get hands-on experience in using commercial finite element software.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain and apply the following numerical approaches to the solution of engineering problems: finite difference method and finite element method.
  2. Solve simple 1-D & 2-D finite difference problems using hand calculations.
  3. Explain the mathematical formulation of the finite element method and its application to the solution of engineering problems.
  4. Use a commercially available finite-element package to analyse a range of complex engineering problems.
  5. Critically assess the approximate solutions so produced.
  6. Produce written reports of their findings.
  7. Orally present and defend their work.
  8. Work on projects both individually and as part of a team.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Applications of finite element analysis" by R.D. Cook
  2. "Finite element analysis for engineers" by K.H. Huebner
  3. "The finite element" by O.C. Zienciewicz, Taylor
The above information outlines module CE511: "Computational Methods in Civil Engineering" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6117: Integrated Civil Engineering Design


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

In this module, the students will work in groups of three or four. Each group will be given an engineering design problem and they will be expected to prepare a design report including (i) a preliminary design for the project and (ii) detailed design of certain elements.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the different elements an integrated engineering design project and work in a team setting to successfully complete a project
  2. Consider a number of different solution options and select the option that is most effective and efficient
  3. Carry out an environmental impact assessment for an engineering project or assess some relevant environmental considerations.
  4. Appreciate the roles of the different disciplines in an engineering project
  5. Perform a schematic design for a project
  6. Carry out detailed designs for certain elements
  7. Assess the ethical, environmental, sustainability, health & safety and risk considerations for a project
  8. Complete a final report and present the proposed design to a group of peers
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE6117: "Integrated Civil Engineering Design " and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6106: Hydrological Modelling


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module cover the theory and and practice of hydrological modelling. Topics include catchment modelling, discharge modelling, Saint Venant equation, reservoir routing, hydrological modelling, and groundwater modelling of pollutants. Students will learn how to use industry-standard hydrological modelling tools such as HECRAS, HYDRAS and Hydrus 1-D. Students will also learn how to change boundary conditions of a finite difference model coded in FORTRAN.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. derive the St Venant equations - the governing equations for various hydrological processes.
  2. distinguish between different modelling approaches and identify the most suitable approach for a particular problem.
  3. Develop finite difference approximations to hydraulic models
  4. develop and apply industry-standard hydrological models (e.g. HECRAS, HYDRAS) to real-world systems.
  5. elucidate the issues and methods in calibration and validation of the different types of models.
  6. critically analyse hydrological model output.
  7. model the flow of a contaminant through soil using industry-standard software (Hydrus 1-D)
  8. Develop and apply unsaturated flow equations, such as the van Genuchten and van Genuchten-Mualam equations, that govern water movement in soil
  9. understand the interaction between good agricultural practices and the attainment of objectives of various EU directives, such as the Water Framework Directive.
  10. judiciously access the implications of applying groundwater flow models based on generic soil types versus models based on site-specific data.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE6106: "Hydrological Modelling" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional IE450: Lean Systems


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

To efficiently manage enterprise operations, firms are leveraging and deploying resources to exploit business opportunities. The module explores the challenges facing organisations in a global extended enterprise, and introduces a number of process improvement tools and techniques that businesses use to retain competitive advantage and maintain profitably. This module is designed to give students exposure to Lean Systems. The Module consists of three sections (1) Process Improvement Essentials, (2) Costs Defining Opportunities For Process Improvement and (3) Productivity: Process Improvement Opportunities . The course comprises weekly lectures across 8 or 12 weeks. 8 weeks and an Industry led Workshop (8 hour - full day) depending on student numbers and budget constraints OR 12 weeks excluding the Industry led Workshop.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Develop an understanding of and appreciate the role of Lean tools and techniques in solving real life engineering and business problems
  2. • Adopt value stream mapping to real life engineering management problems and generate solutions
  3. • Have a sound base in the current and future state mapping
  4. • Analyse data in support of lean balancing, lean layouts, action plans and contribute to decision making by advising management using lean problem solving
  5. • Generate and prioritise alternative solutions for real life operations problems
  6. • Participate in a workshop on lean gaming and project work
  7. • Present Lean solutions to operations problems
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Lean Six Sigma" by Donna C. Summers
    ISBN: 9780135125106.
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
The above information outlines module IE450: "Lean Systems" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6102: Design of Sustainable Environmental System I


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE6102: "Design of Sustainable Environmental System I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6108: Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module the theory and practice of engineering hydrology and how these are applied to water resource engineering.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. recognize where and why Engineering Hydrology techniques are needed in civil engineering.
  2. specify measurement systems for rainfall, streamflow and evaporation and calculate evaporation rates using the Penman method.
  3. estimate single site flood frequencies and flood risks using Extreme Value Type 1 and lognormal assumptions and estimate associated standard errors of estimates.
  4. analyse and interpret low flow data for the purposes of deciding the suitability of a water body as a source for water extraction or as a receiving water for an effluent
  5. perform back routing and forward routing of flow hydrographs through lakes and reservoirs in order to solve either flooding or water resources problems.
  6. calculate flood hydrographs from given design rainfalls using the unit hydrograph method in order to contribute to the solution of a flood design question.
  7. calculate drawdowns caused by specified pumping rates in an idealized aquifer and infer aquifer storativity and transmissivity values from pumping test data.
  8. apply hydrological principles to water resources engineering.
  9. undertake preliminary hydrological designs.
  10. develop Fortran-based solutions to hydrological problems.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (70%)
  • Continuous Assessment (30%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE6108: "Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE509: Advanced Structures


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The Advanced Structures module builds on structural engineering topics that students would have taken at undergraduate level. Advanced topics include 3-D structures, theory of elasticity, structural dynamics and inelastic/plastic analysis.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Have an understanding of the three dimensional behaviour of space trusses
  2. Implement advanced mathematical techniques to solve the differential equations that govern the behaviour of (i) 2-D elasticity and (ii) plate bending problems
  3. Use stress function techniques to analyse a variety of planar stress problems (in both Cartesian and cylindrical coordinate systems
  4. Develop an understanding of the behaviour of the bending of flat plates due to lateral loading
  5. Distinguish structures that may be dynamically active and be able to calculate approximate natural frequencies of various structures
  6. Determine and plot the inelastic and plastic moment of resistance of various sections of linear-elastic, perfectly-plastic, strain-hardening material
  7. Aanalyse load capacity of beams to determine their elastic first-yield load capacity, inelastic first-plastic-hinge load capacity, and ultimate plastic load capacity moment
  8. Understand design philosophies and their application to elastic and plastic design of structures
  9. Determine and plot the load-deflection history of beams and frames using step-by-step, hinge-by-hinge analysis
  10. Apply the principle of virtual work to plastic collapse of beams
  11. Understand the theorems of plastic collapse and apply them to determine the plastic collapse of beams and frames.
  12. Construct interaction diagrams
  13. Analyse the plastic collapse and conduct preliminary design of pitched portal frames
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (90%)
  • Continuous Assessment (10%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE509: "Advanced Structures" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6103: Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module expands on the material covered in Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems I (delivered in Semester I)
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Design advanced water, wastewater and sludge treatment systems (e.g. nutrient recovery, annamox, disinfection)
  2. Formulate strategies for sludge treatment/production of biosolids and the subsequent re-use of biosolids and sewage sludge in agriculture and energy production
  3. Analyse their relationship between energy and water/wastewater and develop strategies to maximise energy efficiency in the water/wastewater sectors
  4. Understand regulation that applies to the environmental engineering sector (e.g. discharge limits, effluent categories, nutrient regulations)
  5. Quantify the effects of erosion on the environment and implement strategies to limit its effects
  6. Design systems for recovery of nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewaters
  7. Implement strategies for provision of improved water and wastewater facilities in developing countries
  8. Develop strategies and design methods of remediating water sources (e.g. groundwater, aquifers, surface waters)
  9. Implement soil remediation strategies
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Wastewater engineering" by Metcalf & Eddy, Inc
    ISBN: 0070418780.
    Publisher: Boston ; McGraw-Hill, c2003.
  2. "Wastewater Treatment" by Henze
    ISBN: 2540627022.
    Publisher: Springer
The above information outlines module CE6103: "Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6101: Coastal and Offshore Engineering I


Semester 2 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Solve the nonlinear dispersion equation for wavelength using either tables or Excel; calculate water particle velocities and accelerations (needed later for evaluating forces on piles and frames).
  2. Calculate the dynamic pressure due to the waves in order to calculate indirectly the wave height; Derive the equation H=KR KSH0 describing shoaling and refraction; calculate the wave height in shallow water for various deep-water incident heights and angles (shoaling, refraction, and breaking).
  3. Plan a port facility taking into account the following: determining the best location of the harbour; land requirements for port development; size and shape of harbour and turning basin; type, location, and height of breakwaters; location and width of entrance to the harbour; and depth of harbour and approach channel; Recognize and describe shipping terminals handling general cargo, bulk cargo, and containers; evaluate the wave forces on a seawall due to breaking- or non-breaking waves; design a breakwater.
  4. Describe and illustrate the longshore and rip currents and setup/setdown in the coastal zone caused by breaking waves; use the sediment budget in a coastal cell to decide whether erosion or accretion of shoreline is probable; use correlations involving hinterland area and effective precipitation to evaluate the amount of sediment carried by a river into the cell; calculate the longshore transport of sediment from incident wave conditions; Design a coastal defence scheme using beach nourishment; compare native sand with borrowed sand to determine overfill and frequency of renourishment; design a groyne field for protecting beaches.
  5. Derive tidal equations for estuaries with and without friction; calculate tidal ranges and velocities at different points along the estuary; Derive Darwin’s equilibrium model of global tides taking the lunar and solar contributions into account; calculate and plot the tidal variation over a 24-hour period for various declinations of the moon and for various latitudes, showing diurnal, semidiurnal, and mixed tides; explain the harmonic analysis of the tides; explain a tide predicting machine.
  6. Describe the three-dimensional motion of floating bodies (surging, swaying, heaving, rolling, pitching, and yawing) such as barges, cylinders, ships, and tension leg platforms; explain and use the six equilibrium equations for a floating body.
  7. Display the shape of a mooring line connecting a floating body to an anchor; design a complete mooring system, including the environmental forces on the floating body, the link size of the mooring chain, the weight per unit length of mooring chain, the required length of mooring chain subject to various constraints; specify constraints such as the angle between the seabed and the mooring chain at the anchor, the maximum distance in plan between the anchor and the floating body. Design the fendering system and berthing dolphins for a berthing ship. Explain, formulate and calculate nonlinear dynamics of moored floating bodies using perturbation.
  8. Explain, formulate and calculate the in-line force on the cross-section of a structural member through the use of Morison’s equation together with Cd and Cm values appropriate to that section, and the transverse force through the use of the appropriate lift coefficient.
  9. Predict the significant wave height and period for given wind conditions such as fetch, duration, wind speed, and decay distance; formulate the wave spectrum corresponding to particular wind conditions; calculate the temporal wave series corresponding to a particular spectrum; waves as a random process.
  10. Describe and illustrate the nine or so basic wave energy conversion techniques; define the basic and advanced electromechanical energy conversion techniques.
  11. Explain the United Nations Law of the Sea and apply it to Ireland’s continental shelf. Explain, formulate and do calculations on the earth’s model as set down in the Law of the Sea.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (90%)
  • Continuous Assessment (10%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CE6101: "Coastal and Offshore Engineering I" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CE6113: Energy in Buildings


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module introduces students to holistic energy use and systems in buildings required to support the effective provision and maintenance of thermal, visual and acoustic comfort.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Define optimum comfort states in buildings
  2. Calculate a range of building comfort metrics
  3. Describe conventional and renewable energy systems in buildings
  4. Calculate the energy requirements for specific zones in buildings
  5. Size a number of energy systems in buildings
  6. Describe the various sustainability indicators and weighting systems in sustainable assessment methodologies for buildings throughout their life cycle
  7. Develop validated energy simulation models for a variety of HVAC systems
  8. Present a critiqued literature review of innovative energy concepts and technologies
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Faber & Kell's Heating & Air-conditioning of Buildings, Tenth Edition" by Doug Oughton, Steve Hodkinson
    ISBN: 0750683651.
    Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
  2. "Air conditioning engineering" by W. P. Jones
    ISBN: 9780750650748.
    Publisher: Oxford ; Butterworth-Heinemann, c2001.
  3. "Energy Systems and Sustainability" by Bob Everett (Editor), Godfrey Boyle (Editor), Stephen Peake (Editor), Janet Ramage (Editor)
    ISBN: 9780199593743.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The above information outlines module CE6113: "Energy in Buildings " and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This degree programme is ideally suited to the civil engineer with an honours (Level 8) undergraduate degree who wishes to become more competent in advanced civil engineering topics.

From 2013, the ME degree is required to satisfy the educational requirements for progression to Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of the programme will be capable of working in any branch of civil engineering, including consultancy and contracting.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,050 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,826 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

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Ms Brid Flaherty
T: +353 91 492170
E: Brid.flaherty@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/civileng/