Undergraduate Programmes

BEng Civil Engineering Science Programme (B6CISQ)

The qualification aims to develop an engineering intellectual who can identify, assess, and formulate the engineering needs of the Society at large, and research and solve the identified engineering problems creatively and innovatively, by applying scientific, mathematical, engineering, economic and other relevant principles and methods.

The qualification prepares students for an engineering science, design and project-based career through fundamental understanding, use and appropriate application of engineering methods, skills, tools, and information technology. The qualification also provides a platform for lifelong learning. The curriculum is detailed below. For more information, see the Faculty Yearbook.

Admission Requirements

Business and technology concept. Smart office. GUI (Graphical User Interface).

The following minimum subject requirements will apply for admission:

  • Minimum Total APS: 32
Subject minimum APS
Physical Science5
  • Applicants will be required to complete a PsyCaD assessment obtaining an unconditional recommendation;
  • Recommendation by the relevant Head of Department;
  • Senate Discretionary Conditional Admission for applicants who have successfully completed the ASC, provided that the applicant meets all the requirements;
  • Admission will also be based on the availability of space according to the Enrolment Management Plan of UJ as approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training.


First Year

ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Applied Mathematics 1AAPM01A1Mathematics Grade 12 – APS 5Introduction to Mathematical Modelling 1A. Vector algebra (displacement, vectors, algebraic rules for vectors, geometric applications, scalar products, vector products), statics (Newton’s laws, forces, axioms of statics, equilibrium of a particle, reduction theorem, moments, couples, equilibrium of a rigid body)Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Chemistry 1ACEM01A1Physical Science Grade 12 – APS 5Introduction to general chemistry. History of chemistry and scientific measurement, elements, compounds and the periodic table, mole and stoichiometry, molecular view of reactions in aqueous solutions, oxidation – reduction reactions, quantum mechanical atom, basics of chemical bonding, theories of bonding and structure, properties of gases, chemical equilibrium and related concepts, acids, bases and acid-base equilibria, organic chemistry – self-study unitChemistry
Engineering Mathematics 1AMATENA1Mathematics Grade 12 – APS 5Calculus of one variable function for engineers. Equips students with competencies (including both knowledge and skills) in Engineering Mathematics. Students analyse a given problem and apply the correct theorems and methods to solve the problem. Introduction to basic applications of calculus to model and solve problems relating to natural phenomena. Fair level of theoretical and practical engagement.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Physics 1A PHYE0A1Mathematics Grade 12 – APS 5Classical mechanics. Principles of mechanics, waves and thermodynamics. Students apply these laws and principles to related disciplines, and are in a position to solve standard exercises, derive important results and interpret these results in a physical scientific context.Physics
Introduction to Engineering Design 1AIINEEA1Mathematics Grade 12 – APS 5Introduction to engineering, strength of materials, forces, stresses and structural mechanics
ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Applied Mathematics 1BAPM01B1APM01A1Introduction to Analytical Dynamics 1B. Kinematics of a particle (path equations, vector calculus, polar coordinates, tangential and normal components), dynamics of a particle (motion of a particle subject to a constant force, motion of a particle subject to a time-dependent force, motion of a particle subject to a speed-dependent force, motion of a particle subject to a position-dependent force, impulse and momentum), multivariable functions (scalar and vector fields, directional derivatives, gradient, path integrals), energy and work (kinetic and potential (mechanical) energy), conservation of mechanical energy, principle of energy and work.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Concrete Technology1BBTKCIB1CEM01A1Properties of concrete in fresh and hardened state, concrete constituents: cement, aggregates, admixtures and additives; concrete mix design; formwork for concreting and various architectural finishes; concrete degradation and diagnostic procedures; repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures; methods of transporting and placing concrete; precast concrete and production processes; concreting under hot and cold weather conditions.Civil Engineering Science
Draughting for Civil Engineers 1BDRGCIB1Technical drawings, dimensioning and tolerances, working drawings, orthographic and isometric drawings, roof and foundation detailing, cross and long sections, intersections, contour lines, structural steel drawings, reinforced concrete detailing and calculationsCivil Engineering Science
Electrotechnics 1BETNEEB1Fundamental circuit analysis, AC analysis, electronics, introduction to digital logic and digital electronics, electromechanics.Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science
Engineering Mathematics 1BMATENB1MATENA1Applications of calculus for engineers. Various differentiation and integration techniques, the use of vectors, matrices and linear regression. Students analyse a given problem and apply the correct theorems and methods to solve the problem. Basic applications of calculus to model and solve problems relating to natural phenomena.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Physics 1BPHYE0B1PHYE0A1Static and dynamic electromagnetism. Properties of electric charges, Newtonian mechanics; discrete and continuous charge distributions;  mechanics of forces; resistance, capacitance, electrical current and electromotive force; magnetic field and magnetic forces, sources of magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, nature and propagation of light, geometric optics.Physics

Second Year

ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Applied Mathematics 2AAPM02A2APM01B1, MATENB1Introduction to differential equations. Laplace transform, solution curves; direction fields; autonomous first order equations, separable equations, linear equations, exact equations, solutions by substitution, linear models, non-linear models, modelling first order systems of differential equations, homogeneous linear equations, constant coefficients, homogeneous equations,  non-homogeneous linear equations, method of undetermined coefficients I, method of undetermined coefficients II, reduction of order, variation of parameters, inverse Laplace transform, solution of initial value problems, unit step function, constant coefficient equations with piecewise continuous forcing, convolution, constant coefficient equations with impulses.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Mathematics 2A2MATECA2MATENA1, MATENB1Engineering Sequences, Series and Vector Calculus 2A1. Mathematical knowledge base, theory and methodology of disciplines. Euclidean vector spaces and general vector spaces.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Mathematics 2A1MATEAA2MATENA1, MATENB1Engineering Linear Algebra 2A2. Learn the concept of sequence and series of real numbers and apply different methods, check the convergence of sequences and series. Introduction to vector calculus.                                                  Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Applied Mechanics 2AMGACIA2/MGA2A11MATENA1, MATENB1, IINEEA1, PHYEOB1Bending moment; shear force diagrams; relationships between load, shear force and bending moment; moment of inertia and other geometrical properties of sections; shear stress distributions and shear flow; theory of curvature; differential equations for deflections of beams; moment area-method for deflections and superposition for deflections; compression elements and struts; combined stress due to axial loading and bending moment; balancing of masses; dynamics: brake systems, flexible drives, clutches; velocity and acceleration diagrams for machine elements; combined stress due to axial loading and bending moment; balancing of masses; kinetics of rigid bodies; vibration and time response of rigid bodies; governorsCivil Engineering Science
Geology 1AGLG01A1Minerals, rocks and earth dynamics. Understanding of the earth and how it functions; nature, composition and classification of materials constituting the earth, importance of time in earth processes.Geology
Fluid Mechanics 2ASTRCIA2/STR2A11MATENB1Properties of fluids (density, viscosity, surface tension, modulus of elasticity); submerged objects (pressures, forces, buoyancy, stability); mass, momentum and energy balances for fixed control volumes; practical session flow measurement in open and closed systems; laminar and turbulent pipe flow fundamentals; analysis and design of simple piping systems; dimensional analysis with the Buckingham theorem.Civil Engineering Science
Modelling 2AMODEEA2Introduction to basic concepts, structures and mechanisms of structured programming; how to model real-world problems and systems in a manner that can be solved by using a computer program, specifically C, MATLAB and Microsoft Excel; how to write programs and use Excel to solve the problems, analyse and manipulate data and present the results


ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Applied Mathematics 2BAPM02B2MGACIA2/MGA2A11Introduction to numerical analysis. Mathematical preliminaries and error analysis, review of calculus, round-off errors and computer arithmetic, algorithms and convergence, solutions of equations in one variable, bisection method, fixed-point iteration, Newton’s method and its extensions, error analysis for iterative methods, interpolation and polynomial approximation, interpolation and the Lagrange polynomial, Newton’s divided differences, hermit interpolation, cubic splines, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical differentiation-forward, backward, central difference schemes, lower and higher order schemes; elements of numerical integration, composite numerical integration, Gaussian quadrature method; initial value problems, Euler’s method, Runge Kutta method.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Mathematics 2B2MATEAB2Engineering Linear Algebra 2B2. Mathematical knowledge base, theory and methodology of disciplines. General vector spaces, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, inner product spaces and diagonalisation and quadratic forms.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Engineering Mathematics 2B1MATECB2Technical drawings, dimensioning and tolerances, working drawings, orthographic and isometric drawings, roof and foundation detailing, cross and long sections, intersections, contour lines, structural steel drawings, reinforced concrete detailing and calculationsMathematics and Applied Mathematics
Strength of Materials for Civil Engineers 2BSMCCIB2/SMC2B21MGA2A11, MATECA2, MATEAA2Introduction to the relationship between microstructure (atomic, crystalline etc.) and strength and deformation of some civil engineering materials; simple stresses and strain, axially loaded bars, shear force and bending moment, properties of sections, bending stresses in beams, statically indeterminate systems, torsion, plane and principal stresses, buckling of axially loaded columns.Civil Engineering Science
Heritage Assessment 3BHTA3BB3/HTA3B02Nature of heritage; heritage impact assessment; theory of heritage and historical consciousness; cultural and natural heritage; legal framework; case studies.
Environmental Management for Engineers 2BENME0B2/ENV3B01Environmental impact assessment: Principles and practice of integrated environmental management, legal framework, case studies.
Communications 2B/3BCOMOB22/COM2B21Formal and informal communication in organisations; verbal and non-verbal communication; meetings, seminars, etc; presentations, writing reports.Writing Centre for Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Third Year

ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Geotechnical Engineering 3AGTGCIA3/GTG3A11




Soil classification (soil phase composition, Atterberg testing, grading); excavation and placement of soils (compaction, grading); groundwater (soil permeability, one- and two-dimensional flow, flow nets); stress and effective stress (stress distribution in soil masses due to self-weight and applied loads); consolidation and settlement analysis.Civil Engineering Science
Structural Engineering 3ASUSCIA3/SUS3A11MATECB2, MATEAB2, APMCIB2, SMCCIB2, MGACIA2Overview of structural analysis and design, structural elements, types of structures, modelling of structural systems and structural elements, analysis of different types of loads; modelling of supports and reactions, determinacy, indeterminacy and stability of structures (beams and rigid frames), application of the equations of equilibrium; type of trusses, determinacy and stability of trusses, computation of internal forces using the method of joints and method of sections; shear and moment functions, relationship between load, shear force and bending moment; axial, shear force and bending moment diagrams; cables subjected to concentrated and uniformly distributed loads, three-pinned and two-pinned arches; influence lines of beams, plate girders, frames and trusses, absolute maximum response, application of influence lines; calculation of deflections using the method of virtual work, double integration method, moment area method, application to trusses, beams and frames.Civil Engineering Science
Hydraulic Engineering 3AHMGCIA3/HMG3A11MATECA2, STRCIA2, APM02A2Pipe flow (laminar and turbulent flow, Reynolds number, secondary losses); pipe systems (pipes in series and parallel, multiple reservoirs); pipe networks (setting up and solving network equations, modelling, components); pumps (types and components, characteristic curves, cavitation); pump systems (pumps in series and parallel, working point, selection, optimization); water hammer (compressible pipe flow, pressures, control).                                           Civil Engineering Science
Statistics for Engineers 3ASTAE0A3/STE3A01Assists in developing a basic understanding of elementary probability theory, random variables, random processes and statistical inference to be able to apply the methodology to a variety of engineering-oriented problems.Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
African InsightsANFISA1Introduction to Africa, languages, key concepts in Africanisation and decolonisation, South African inheritance, women and their words, African diaspora (slavery and forms of exile).Online
Transportation Engineering 3AVVICIA3/VVI3A11MATECB1, MATEAB2, APM02B2The transportation system; design fundamentals; geometric design of roads (horizontal and vertical alignment); pavement design; fundamentals of traffic flow and cueing theory, traffic signal control; capacity and levels of service.Civil Engineering Science



ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Geotechnical Engineering 3BGTGCIB3/GTG3B21



Consolidation and settlement analysis; theory of soil strength; slope stability; lateral earth pressure and retaining walls.Civil Engineering Science
Structural Engineering 3BSUSCIB3/SUS3B21SUS3A21/SUSCIA3Qualitative analysis of beams and frames; approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures, application of the portal and cantilever methods to lateral loaded building frames; Virtual work (flexibility method), slope deflection, moment distribution and the stiffness method, application of these methods to indeterminate trusses, beams and frames, concept of buckling, instability of ideal and practical struts, beams and beam-columns; plastic analysis of structures; stress-strain relationship of steel, bending theory of beams, shape factors, moment-curvature graphs, effect of axial load on plastic moment, static method, virtual or kinematic method; use of structural analysis software to solving problems of multi degree indeterminate structures.Civil Engineering Science
Hydraulic Engineering 3BHMGCIB3/HMG3B21HMG3A11/HMGCIA3Hydrology: Precipitation (mechanisms, intensity, duration, distribution); flood estimation (deterministic, probabilistic and empirical methods); flood routing through rivers and dams; storage dams (sizing, siltation, evaporation, safety); case studies of SA floods. Open-channel flow: fundamentals (specific energy, best hydraulic section, Froude number); uniform and non-uniform flow profiles; hydraulic control points (weirs, jumps, flumes, piers).Civil Engineering Science
Transportation 3BVVICIB3/VVICIB3VVI3A11/VVICIA3, STAEOA3Transportation systems: Transportation modes and trends, Multimodal transport, Demand forecast modelling, transport system evaluation and safety criteria, Congestion, Energy conservation and environmental impact. Road and rail mass transit infrastructure planning, design and operation. Innovations in transit technology.Civil Engineering Science
Project Management 3BPJBCIB3/PJB3B21Introduction to generic project management including project definition, life cycle, management functions, project constraints, terminology and general education and ethical issues; project initiation including project proposal and scoping, statement of work, selection, organisation and administration, communication and negotiation; project implementation including planning, financing, scheduling, resourcing, monitoring and control; project termination including auditing, termination and reporting; latest developments in project management including future considerations, impacts on private and public sector, demographics, information technology, and career paths of the project manager.Civil Engineering Science
Surveying 3BOPMCIB3/OPM3B21Presented during the first two weeks of the winter recessLevelling (control points, road sections, cross-sections, cut and fill requirements); traversing (control points, directions and verticals, distances and co-ordinates, joins and polars); site-surveying (spot heights, contours and grids); triangulation (point fixing by intersection resection and double polars, heights of points by trigonometrical levelling); setting out (gradients with a level, road centrelines with theodolite, curves – transition, circular, vertical).Civil Engineering Science

Fourth Year

ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Geotechnical Engineering 4AGTGCIA4/GTG4A11GTG3A11/GTGCIA3, GTG3B21/GTGCIB3Deep foundations; difficult soils; soil improvement; site exploration and characterisation; dams and embankments; dam design; buried pipelines; geotechnical earthquake engineering.Civil Engineering Science
Project Management 4A11PJBCIA4/PJB4A11PJBCIB3, GTGCIB3, HMGCIB3, SUSCIB3, VVICIB3)Management and organisational behaviour; construction contractual aspects; construction economics; risk analysis in construction management; construction productivity; construction planning; managing construction equipment, occupational health and safety, construction and the environment.Civil Engineering Science
Structural Engineering 4A11SUSCIA4/SUS4A11SUS3B21/SUSCIB3Material properties of concrete and steel for both reinforced and tensioned concrete structures; limit state analysis; design of concrete structural elements, laboratory demonstrations/projects; computer applications.                                   Civil Engineering Science
Urban Hydraulics 4A11SDICIA4/SDI4A11HMGCIA3/HMG3A11Service levels for municipal infrastructure; water distribution systems (plan, analyse, design); sewer reticulation systems (plan, analyse, design); storm water systems (plan, analyse, design); drinking water quality (quality issues, treatment processes); wastewater quality (quality issues, treatment processes).Civil Engineering Science
Urban Development Studies 4A11UDSCIA/UDS4A11VVICIB3Solid waste; waste disposal by landfill; landfill classifications; landfill engineering. Urban development: population trends and demography; urban growth and urbanization; transportation and urban development; road infrastructure financing; privatization; and the role of urban infrastructure asset management in promoting socio-economic development and service delivery.Civil Engineering Science
Structural Engineering 4A12SUSCIA2/SUS4A12SUS3B21/SUSCIB3Material properties of steel, limit state analysis, design of structural steel elements (tension members, compression members, trusses and bracing, beams and plate girders, beam-columns, connections, column bases, composite beams), laboratory demonstrations, computer applications.Civil Engineering Science
ModuleModule CodePre-requisiteDescription/OutcomesDepartment offering
Civil Design 4B21OWSCIB4/OWS4B21All 3rd year modules and 1st semester 4th year modules.Seek solution to an engineering problem in groups of 8 or 10 students.  Preliminary analysis of three different conceptual solutions in terms of cost components/size, Environmental impact, and risk; submission of planning report, design documentation, integration and submission of final design report; oral and visual presentation of the design by the team to a panel of experienced engineers from practice; assessment by external.  Typical projects include dams, sport pavilions, industrial buildings, reservoirs, water towers, bridges.Civil Engineering Science
Civil Project Investigation 4B21PJSCIB4All 3rd year modules and 1st semester 4th year modules.Individual research project based on a civil engineering problem, structured solution under guidance of a designated study leader with interim reports, reporting by means of two seminars, poster, written reports. Note that students may only register for this module provided that all modules up to and including fourth year, first semester are completed.Civil Engineering Science
Civil Professional Practice 4B21CPPCIB4/CPP4B21Registration for this module may only occur in parallel with registration for OWSCIB4  Civil Design 4B21Professional registration and associated issues such as professional liability, ethical constraints, management principles and entrepreneurial activity are presented and discussed with external professionals.Civil Engineering Science
Legal Applications in Engineering Practice 4BRTICIB4/RTI4B21Introduction to South African law; law of obligations (introduction; emphasis on delictual/professional and primarily contractual liability); introduction to mercantile law; law of patents; law relating to occupational health and safety; infringement of rights and relevant legal provisions (emphasis on remedies, especially mediation and arbitration)Law