MABY5000 Civil Engineering Seminars and Projects Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Civil Engineering Seminars and Projects
Master’s Programme in Civil Engineering
10 stp.


The goal of the course is to give students real-life problems and research advancements in the topic, and a more comprehensive understanding of what the design of complex structures involves. Through seminars with contribution from invited researchers and experts from the consulting industry, students will be presented a wide range of topical issues relating to the analysis and design of large structures such as bridges, offshore installations, high-rise buildings, building physics, new building materials, transport infrastructure etc.

A project assignment is also included to give the students both theoretical knowledge and experience of applying this knowledge to real-world complex issues. The assignment shall be based on a real building and construction project or be part of a more extensive research and development project, and the project report shall take a scholarly, reflective approach to the problem at hand and include a discussion of alternative solutions.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

MABY4100 Finite Element Method in Structural Analysis

MABY4200 Building Physics and Climate Adaptation of Buildings

MABY4500 Durability and Service Life of Structures

or courses providing equivalent learning outcomes.


After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

·         has advanced theoretical knowledge of building technology and structural engineering and specialized insight into how to apply the knowledge to a real design issue.

·         is capable of analyzing a specific topic using scientific work methods.

·         has developed a comprehensive understanding of what the design of large structures involves.


The student is capable of

·         applying theoretical knowledge to solve real, complex structural engineering problems.

·         using his/her knowledge to assess and develop more sustainable design solutions.

·         using analysis tools and methods, and carrying out literature searches to collect, process and present relevant information.

General competence:

The student is capable of:

·         working in teams and communicating his/her own work.

·         carrying out a project assignment, including a report and presentation.

·         preparing a project plan with milestones, and reporting interim results.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The teaching will consist of seminars with invited lecturers, discussions and presentations. The students will be given individual assignments relating to the topics of the seminars (reflection notes) and a bigger  project assignment.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The students must have attended at least 80% of the seminars and have individual reflection notes approved (approx. 4-5 pages per note) linked to the seminars they have attended. Students who fail to meet the coursework requirements can be given up to one opportunity to resubmit reflection notes before the exam.

Vurdering og eksamen

Portfolio exam which consist of:

Project report prepared individually or in a group of 1-2 students, approx. 20-30 pages, with oral presentation. 

The overall assessment cannot be appealed. If a student fails the project assessment, he/she is given one opportunity to resubmit the project.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted.




Two internal examiners. External examiners are used regularly.


Mahdi Kioumarsi