ACCRA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Department of Civil Engineering

Overview of the Department

The focus of the Civil Engineering programme is to provide theoretical education and practical training to secondary and technical school graduates and to prepare them for the middle-level management and supervisory roles in the civil engineering and construction industry.

The training offers knowledge and skills in specific areas as may apply to the civil engineering industry such as Site inspection, Surveying, Material testing, Contract administration and execution, Structural Analysis and Design, Management of construction activities and the environmental impact, Water Supply and distribution and Environmental Sanitation.

Additionally, trainees’ entrepreneurial and management skills are also developed in order to encourage them to enter into small scale construction enterprises and to create jobs.

 
Programme Structure of the Department
UNIQUENESS OF THE HND CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAMME 

The purpose of the HND Civil Engineering Programme is to train middle-level management personnel to provide the needed supervisory role to link theory and practice in the civil engineering and construction industry. To achieve this aim the following objectives among others are pursued:

  • To assist trainees (students) improve upon and strengthen their backgrounds in general education
    and in the engineering field;
  • To provide opportunities for trainees to develop essential knowledge and skills in
    communication, computing and information technology.
  • To assist trainees to acquire knowledge and skills in specific areas as they apply to the civil engineering industry such as Site inspection, Surveying, Material testing, Contract administration and execution, Civil Engineering Analysis and Design, Management of construction activities and environmental impact, Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation, Road Maintenance and Transportation.
  • To develop trainees entrepreneurial and management skills in order to encourage them to enter
    into small scale construction enterprises to expand the private sector.
HND CIVIL ENGINEERING

The Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering is a three-year hands-on programme offered on full-time and also on a part-time basis. This programme is aimed at providing theoretical education and practical training to prepare middle-level management and supervisory personnel for the civil engineering and construction industry.

Year 1 Semester I

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1COS 101COMMUNICATION SKILLS2C
2CVE 101CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS3C
3CVE 111BASIC ELECTROMECHANICAL ENGINEERING3C
4MAT 113CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS  I2C
5CVE 103STRENGTH OF MATERIALS I2C
6CVE 105FLUID MECHANICS I2C
7CVE 107ENGINEERING MECHANICS2C
8CVE 109CIVIL ENGINEERING DRAWING I2C
  Total18 

Year 1 Semester II

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1AFS 102AFRICAN STUDIES2C
2CLT 102COMPUTER LITERACY2C
3CVE 102CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION I3C
4CVE 112INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT I2C
5MAT 114CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II2C
6CVE 104STRENGTH OF MATERIALS II2C
7CVE 106FLUID MECHANICS II2C
8CVE 108PRINCIPLE OF LAND SURVEYING3C
9CVE 110ENGINEERING GEOLOGY3C
  Total21 

Year 2 Semester I

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 201STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS3C
2CVE 203SOIL MECHANICS2C
3CVE 205CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION II3C
4CVE 207ENGINEERING SURVEYING3C
5CVE 209CIVIL ENG. DRAWING II3C
6CVE 211ENGINEERING HYDRAULICS2C
7CVE 215COMPUTER APPLICATIONS2C
  Total18 

Year 2 Semester II

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 202STRUCTURAL DESIGN I3C
2CVE 204MEASUREMENT OF CIVIL ENG. WORKS2C
3CVE 206SOIL ENGINEERING3C
4CVE 208ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY3C
5CVE 210INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT I2C
6CVE 214SITE ORGANISATIONAL STUDIES3C
7CVE 212ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENGINEERING I2C
8CVE 216RESEARCH METHODOLOGY2C
  Total20 

Year 3 Semester I

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1ETP 301ENTREPRENEURSHIP3C
2CVE 301STRUCTURAL DESIGN II2C
3CVE 303HIGHWAY ENGINEERING3C
4CVE 305MEASUREMENT OF CIVIL ENG. WORKS II3C
5CVE 307ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENGINEERING II3C
6CVE 309CIVIL ENGINEERING MAINTENANCE3C
7CVE 311PROJECT WORK PHASE I1C
  Total18 

Year 3 Semester II

NoCourse CodeHND Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 302ESTIMATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS3C
2CVE 304CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT STUDIES3C
3CVE 306CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND LAW2C
4CVE 312PROJECT WORK PHASE II3C
5CVE 314CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING2C
6CVE 316TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING2C
  Total15 
 
UNIQUENESS OF THE 2-YEAR BTECH TOP-UP IN CIVIL ENGINEERING 

The 2-year Bachelor of Technology (Btech) programme in Civil Engineering is a two year programme of four semesters. Due to contemporary changes in technology, there is the need to upgrade the HND graduates and their technical equivalent to face the growing challenges being experienced in the industry. The main objectives of the B-Tech (civil engineering) programme is to further strengthen and increase the competencies of construction staff, to meet the demands for highly qualified personnel needed for the country’s socio-economic and manpower development. It will also enhance the progression in education of HND graduates in civil engineering and their membership acceptance into professional bodies.

The introduction of this programme will pave the way for the M-Tech degree programme in civil engineering in the near future. The graduate Civil Engineer shall be suitable for employment in the Government and Public agencies involved in the construction and consultancy services such as Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads, Department of Feeder Roads, Architectural and Engineering Services Ltd, Public Works Department, the District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies as well as private consulting and construction firms; Teaching and Research in 2nd and 3rd cycle institutions, Petroleum Industry, Financial and Banking Sectors, NGO’s and self-employment.

BTECH CIVIL ENGINEERING

The Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Civil Engineering is a two-year top-up programme for HND graduates and organised on a part-time basis. Here, priority is on the specialisation of water resource engineering, including water supply and sanitation, irrigation and drainage; structural design and construction supervision, highway, and transportation engineering.

Year 1 Semester I

NoCourse CodeBTech Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 401FOUNDATION ENGINEERING3C
2CVE 403GROUND ENGINEERING3C
3CVE 405NUMERICAL ANALYSIS2C
4CVE 407HIGHER SURVEYING TECHNIQUES2C
5MAT 401CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS I3C
6       CVE 411CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT I3C
  Total16 

Year 1 Semester II

NoCourse CodeBTech Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 402GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY2C
2CVE 404STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS3C
3CVE 406STEEL AND TIMBER DESIGN3C
4MAT 402CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II3C
5CVE 408ADVANCED CONCRETE DESIGN3C
6CVE 410INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT4C
7CVE 412CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT II3C
  Total21 

Year 2 Semester I

NoCourse CodeBTech Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 413HIGHWAY ENGINEERING3C
2CVE 417WATER SUPPLY ENGINEERING3C
3CVE 419ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING2C
4CVE 421IRRIGATION ENGINEERING3C
5CVE 423CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT III3C
6CVE 425TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING2C
  Total16 

Year 2 Semester II

NoCourse CodeBTech Civil EngineeringCredit HoursRemarks
1CVE 414ENGINEERING ECONOMY2C
2CVE 416CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT2C
3CVE 418TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING2C
4CVE 420FINAL YEAR PROJECT4C
5CVE 422BUILDING SCIENCE AND SERVICES2E
6CVE 424INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS2E
7CVE 426ADVANCE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY2E
8CVE 428INTRODUCTION TO OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY2E
  Total18