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

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 COS 101 COMMUNICATION SKILLS 2 C
2 CVE 101 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS 3 C
3 CVE 111 BASIC ELECTROMECHANICAL ENGINEERING 3 C
4 MAT 113 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS  I 2 C
5 CVE 103 STRENGTH OF MATERIALS I 2 C
6 CVE 105 FLUID MECHANICS I 2 C
7 CVE 107 ENGINEERING MECHANICS 2 C
8 CVE 109 CIVIL ENGINEERING DRAWING I 2 C
Total 18

Year 1 Semester II

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 AFS 102 AFRICAN STUDIES 2 C
2 CLT 102 COMPUTER LITERACY 2 C
3 CVE 102 CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION I 3 C
4 CVE 112 INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT I 2 C
5 MAT 114 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II 2 C
6 CVE 104 STRENGTH OF MATERIALS II 2 C
7 CVE 106 FLUID MECHANICS II 2 C
8 CVE 108 PRINCIPLE OF LAND SURVEYING 3 C
9 CVE 110 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY 3 C
Total 21

Year 2 Semester I

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 201 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS 3 C
2 CVE 203 SOIL MECHANICS 2 C
3 CVE 205 CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION II 3 C
4 CVE 207 ENGINEERING SURVEYING 3 C
5 CVE 209 CIVIL ENG. DRAWING II 3 C
6 CVE 211 ENGINEERING HYDRAULICS 2 C
7 CVE 215 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 2 C
Total 18

Year 2 Semester II

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 202 STRUCTURAL DESIGN I 3 C
2 CVE 204 MEASUREMENT OF CIVIL ENG. WORKS 2 C
3 CVE 206 SOIL ENGINEERING 3 C
4 CVE 208 ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY 3 C
5 CVE 210 INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT I 2 C
6 CVE 214 SITE ORGANISATIONAL STUDIES 3 C
7 CVE 212 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENGINEERING I 2 C
8 CVE 216 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 2 C
Total 20

Year 3 Semester I

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 ETP 301 ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3 C
2 CVE 301 STRUCTURAL DESIGN II 2 C
3 CVE 303 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING 3 C
4 CVE 305 MEASUREMENT OF CIVIL ENG. WORKS II 3 C
5 CVE 307 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENGINEERING II 3 C
6 CVE 309 CIVIL ENGINEERING MAINTENANCE 3 C
7 CVE 311 PROJECT WORK PHASE I 1 C
Total 18

Year 3 Semester II

No Course Code HND Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 302 ESTIMATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS 3 C
2 CVE 304 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT STUDIES 3 C
3 CVE 306 CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND LAW 2 C
4 CVE 312 PROJECT WORK PHASE II 3 C
5 CVE 314 CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING 2 C
6 CVE 316 TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING 2 C
Total 15
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

No Course Code BTech Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 401 FOUNDATION ENGINEERING 3 C
2 CVE 403 GROUND ENGINEERING 3 C
3 CVE 405 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS 2 C
4 CVE 407 HIGHER SURVEYING TECHNIQUES 2 C
5 MAT 401 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS I 3 C
6        CVE 411 CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT I 3 C
Total 16

Year 1 Semester II

No Course Code BTech Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 402 GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY 2 C
2 CVE 404 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS 3 C
3 CVE 406 STEEL AND TIMBER DESIGN 3 C
4 MAT 402 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II 3 C
5 CVE 408 ADVANCED CONCRETE DESIGN 3 C
6 CVE 410 INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT 4 C
7 CVE 412 CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT II 3 C
Total 21

Year 2 Semester I

No Course Code BTech Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 413 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING 3 C
2 CVE 417 WATER SUPPLY ENGINEERING 3 C
3 CVE 419 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 2 C
4 CVE 421 IRRIGATION ENGINEERING 3 C
5 CVE 423 CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT III 3 C
6 CVE 425 TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING 2 C
Total 16

Year 2 Semester II

No Course Code BTech Civil Engineering Credit Hours Remarks
1 CVE 414 ENGINEERING ECONOMY 2 C
2 CVE 416 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 2 C
3 CVE 418 TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING 2 C
4 CVE 420 FINAL YEAR PROJECT 4 C
5 CVE 422 BUILDING SCIENCE AND SERVICES 2 E
6 CVE 424 INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS 2 E
7 CVE 426 ADVANCE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2 E
8 CVE 428 INTRODUCTION TO OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY 2 E
Total 18