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Bachelor Professional Studies ”Civil engineering”

Self evaluation report

RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (RTU)

FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

RTU

STUDIES PROGRAM

CIVIL ENGINEERING”

PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR’S STUDIES

SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORT

RIGA, 2004

CONTENTS

1. StudiES program organizATION 3

2. Program IMPLEMENTATION CONDITIONS 3

2.1. Program target 3

2.2. Program tasks and results planned 3

2.3. Program implementation duration and amount 4

2.4. Education necessary for commencement of studies …4

2.5. Conformity of studies program with professional education standards 4

3. CONTENTS OF EDUCATION OFFERED 4

3.1. Amounts of program parts, distribution of their credit points 5

3.2. Specifics of Master’s work 5

3.3. Program realization 6

3.4. State examination 6

4. STUDENTS 6

5. ACADEMIC personNEL 8

  1. ACADEMIC personNEL RESEARCH WORK …………………………9

7. GRADING SYSTEM 11

  1. MATERIAL BASIS NECESSARY FOR ACQUISITION OF PROGRAM 11

  2. ESTIMATION OF EXPENSES PER ONE MASTER 11

  1. INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF PROGRAM 11

11. SELF-ASSESSMENT – SVID ANALYSIS 15

12. INQUIRY RESULTS 16

13. PROPOSALS FOR WORK QUALITY IMPROVEMENT. 17

  1. Organization of studies program

Bachelor’s professional studies in program “Civil Engineering” have been started up according to RTU Senate resolution No. 477, April 28, 2003 “RTU Senate resolution on introduction of program “Civil Engineering”, by means of which there’s also approved such studies curriculum (“Appendix “Studies contents and description of implementation”).

Civil engineers were prepared in Latvia’s first technical higher school in Riga Polytechnikum starting from its establishing in 1868. Faculty of Civil Engineering was one of four initial higher school faculties. After restoration of Riga Polytechnical Institute in 1958 civil engineers were prepared in Faculty of Construction. In that time training of civil engineers was carried out according to the USSR standard program, the initial code of which was 1202, but later was replaced by code 2309. In the Faculty there were three profiled chairs, which depending upon the student’s selected profile specialize in the direction of Civil and Industrial buildings’ construction, in the direction of Construction works performance technology and in the direction of Buildings’ and engineering construction structures designing. Within the time period from 1958 until 2002 there have been prepared 2000 civil engineers. In 2000 due to a rapid increase of the amount of construction in RTU there was started up a four-year engineer studies program: Civil engineering (Studies program codes RBVB5, RBVB1 and RBPB6, approved in RTU Senate on January 31, 2000, minutes No. 466); code of the to-be-acquired profession in compliance with classifier of professions (PK) – PK 214201 – civil ENGINEER; PK 214202 – buildings’ carcass civil ENGINEER, PK 214205 – buildings’ civil ENGINEER, 214127 – civil engineering TECHNOLOGIST). RBVB programs were internationally accredited for 2 years and currently, by restructuring it in compliance with Cabinet of Ministers regulations No. 481 “Regulations on level two professional higher education state standard” and by eliminating shortcomings indicated by international accreditation commission, it has been taken as basis for elaboration of bachelor’s professional studies program “Civil Engineering”.

Bachelor’s professional studies program “Civil Engineering” with code BCBO is being realized in RTU Building Production Institute of Faculty of Construction, Construction and Reconstruction Institute and Institute of Materials and Structures. As head of program appointed there is Building Production Institute director J. Grabis. In the event should there be interrupted realization of the said program, students will be transferred to the academic studies program “Civil engineering science”, having been in 2001 accredited for 6 years (see Appendix “Agreement contract on possibilities to continue education”).

2. Program implementation conditions

2.1 Program goal

Bachelor’s professional studies goal shall be to ensure level 2 professional higher education in the branch of construction, in order to prepare the engineer for independent work as well as to ensure professional bachelor’s degree providing a possibility to continue studies in professional/academic undergraduate courses.

2.2 Program tasks and results planned

Civil engineering program bachelor’s professional studies curriculum shall envisage in lectures, practical lessons and in permanent literature studies to deeper acquire fundamental sciences, technical and economic subjects in conformity with direction of civil engineering, as well as humanitarian and social subjects.

As a result of bachelor’s professional studies the student acquires necessary knowledge in order to be able to continue studies in professional/academic undergraduate courses. During bachelor’s professional studies the student shall acquire:

  • research work and technical literature analysis skills in the branch of civil engineering;

  • skills to use theoretical knowledge for formulation of viewpoint on concrete tasks and solution in the branch of civil engineering;

  • skills to obtain and use experimental data and relevant programs;

  • at least 26 weeks long practical work experience.

Bachelor’s professional degree studies ensure knowledge setting high extent of culture and intelligence, allowing to start up public and professional activities and contacting with Latvia’s and foreign academic and professional circles.

2.3 Program implementation duration and amount

Program shall envisage studies duration of 4.5 years with amount of 180 CP. After completion of studies and defending of bachelor’s degree the student shall acquire bachelor’s professional degree in civil engineering and engineer’s qualification in civil engineering.

2.4 Education necessary for commencement of studies

In civil engineering program professional bachelor’s studies admitted there are applicants with general secondary education or approximated to it education.

2.5. Studies program conformity with professional education standard.

Bachelor’s professional studies program “Civil engineering” is established in compliance with Cabinet of Ministers regulations No. 481, November 20, 2001 “Regulations on level two professional education state standard” and in full complies with its requirements.

3. Contents of education offered

Civil engineering bachelor’s professional studies program envisages general educational courses in conformity with the profile – mathematics, economy, basis of interrelation, introduction into civil engineering; theoretical basic courses of the branch – physics, computer science, descriptive geometry and engineering graphics, computer graphics, construction physics, basis of material science, building materials, engineering geology, construction mechanics, final elements method in construction, theories of probability in engineering calculations, additional sections of mathematics (in construction); professional specialization courses of the branch – computer training (special course for builders), basis of labor protection, civil defense, geodesy, basic course of architecture designing, building machines, technology of building works and labor safety, building structures, metal structures, wooden and plastic structures, reinforced concrete structures, basic course of geotechnics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, water supply and sewerage, Latvia’s building norms, planning and organization of civil engineering, concrete training for engineers, experimental verifications of constructive building materials, maintenance of structures, building economy, as well as acquisition of humanitarian and social subjects and languages. Within optional possibilities envisaged there are also studies of other subjects. Since there’s envisaged also practice and elaboration of engineer project, then by completion of studies the graduate has fulfilled also requirements set in the standard of Buildings’ construction engineer profession, and, depending upon the specialization selected he may be regarded as being in full prepared for professions with codes in classifier of professions as follows: 2142 01 building-ENGINEER, 2141 02 Buildings’ carcass building-ENGINEER, 2142 05 Buildings’ building-ENGINEER, 2142 27 Civil engineering TECHNOLOGIST with qualification level 5.

3.1 Amounts of Program parts, distribution of their credit points

To make a comparison, subjects envisaged for studies should be informally split into groups. There might be assumed division as follows: VIP – general educational studies courses, NTP – technological basic courses of the branch and inf. Technology courses, NPS – professional specialization courses of the branch, HOP – humanitarian/economic and organizational subjects, VA – languages.

Civil engineering program professional bachelor’s studies structure shall be as follows:

Compulsory studies subjects 114 CP;:

-general educational studies courses (VIP) 14 CP; 7.8%

- technological basic courses of the branch and inf. Technology courses (NTP) 38 CP; 21,1%

- professional specialization courses of the branch (NPS) 62 CP; 34,4%

compulsory optional subjects18 CP;:

- professional specialization courses of the branch (NPS) 12 CP; 6,7%

- humanitarian/economic and organizational subjects (HOP) 2 CP; 1.1%

-languages (VA) 4 CP; 2.2%

free optional subjects 6 CP; 3,3%

practice 26 CP 14,4%

bachelor’s work (with engineer project) 16 CP 9,0%

In total 180 CP 100%

As one can see, in bachelor’s professional studies program there is a great share of civil engineering branch special subjects (34.4+6.7=41.1%), what allows to really consider that those having acquired bachelor’s professional degree are prepared for solution of civil engineering branch tasks, and their knowledge corresponds to Bologna declaration “undergraduate” studies level.

In compliance with Cabinet of Ministers standard level two higher professional studies, amount of general educational subjects should be at least 20 CP. Since this group includes study subjects of HOP, VA and VIP groups, then their total being (14+2+4) 20 CP, i.e. requirements of the standard have been met with.

A total amount of theoretical courses and information technology courses of the branch should be at least 36 CP. In the given program it being 44 CP, i.e. requirements of the standard have been met with.

Professional specialization courses of the branch should be at least 60 CP. In the given program it being (59+9)=68 KP, i.e. requirements of the standard have been met with.

Acquisition of bachelor’s professional studies subjects shall be graded according to 10 point system. Examinations shall be tests, study works, bachelor’s work (with project part), practical work and exams in compliance with plans of studies approved for each training year. By completion of the course of training, the student shall defend engineer project (with a part of bachelor’s work), what being dedicated to topical problems in the branch of civil engineering.

3.2. Specifics of bachelor’s work

Bachelor’s work envisages some definite research in the field of civil engineering, as well as engineer project part wherein there be elaborated a possible version of realization of the researched issue. Prior to defense of bachelor’s work, works are reviewed by reviewers approved by the order of director of the relevant institute. Defense of bachelor’s work shall take place in public, it shall be assessed by State Examination Commission appointed by RTU Rector consisting also of representatives of civil engineering branch professional associations and enterprises.

3.3. Program realization

Program shall be realized in lectures, laboratory and practical works. Program realization with distribution of lessons according to subjects and types of control see in Appendix 1.

In total envisaged there are lectures in the amount of 1,008 lecture-room lessons and laboratory works in the amount of 304 lessons. A total number of lecture-room lessons shall be 2,208 lessons, what shall comprise 76.6% of the total time of training. 256 training lessons shall be envisaged for elaboration of bachelor’s work with engineer project part.

A total number of exams – 20, tests – 49 and the number of study works – 15. Study works are envisaged in such subjects as Civil engineering mechanics, general course 2 pieces; basic course of architecture designing; Building works technology and labor safety, practical course; Building structures; Metal structures; Wooden and plastic structures, general course; Reinforced concrete structures, general course; basic course of geotechnics; Concrete training for engineers; experimental verifications of constructive building materials; as well as in four compulsory optional subjects.

3.4. State examinations

Studies final examination envisages to elaborate engineer project consisting of research part related to optimal selection of the project solution. Prior to approval of the engineer project, to-be-defended works are viewed by viewers appointed by the relevant institute director’s order.

Defending of the engineer project shall take place in public, it being assessed by RTU Rector’s appointed State Examination Commission consisting also of representatives of the civil engineering branch professional unions and enterprises.

4. Students

The number of students in Faculty of Construction is rapidly growing during last years (Table 1).

Table 1.

Years

Students enrolled

1993

89

1994

135

1995

151

1996

203

1997

168

1998

185

1999

197

2000

238

2001

240

2002

228

2003

243

To note, it has been mainly achieved by increasing the number of students in the construction program. If in the middle of nineties of the last century, when in the construction branch one could feel a kind of crisis, the number of enrolled students was one of the smallest in comparison with other RTU faculties, then now the situation has essentially changed and we are a faculty wherein according to the results of enrolment of 2003 there is the third greatest contest.

A total number of students in Faculty of Construction as of January 7, 2004 is given in Table 2. As one can see, most of all students there are in study programs “Construction science” and “Construction”. Data referring to the said programs in Table 2 are highlighted in color. To note, popularity of Construction programs has during recent years rapidly increased, but the number of budget-financed places is still relatively small. Therefore a great part of students start up their studies for a charge. It does create in students’ families an additional social tension and promote students already during their study time start up active process of working what in a final outcome does decrease the quality of studies and extend the time of studying.

PROGRAMS OF STUDIES AND STUDENTS

Levels of studies,

The number of students

programs and directions

1st year

2nd Year

3rd year

4th year

5th year

6th year

In total

Bachelor’s studies

68

95

108

 

 

 

271

Construction science (B)

35

61

80

 

 

 

 

Heat, gas and water technology (S)

23

16

20

 

 

 

 

Geodesy and cartography (G)

14

9

8

 

 

 

 

Master’s studies

 

 

 

55

47

27

130

Construction science (B)

 

 

 

28

26

13

68

Building structure and reconstruction

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

Constructive geometry and engineering computer graphics

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Transport structures

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

Civil buildings’ construction

 

 

 

28

26

2

56

Contractor-building materials producer

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

Building structures’ automatized designing

 

 

 

 

 

3

4

Heat, gas and water technology (S)

 

 

 

22

13

9

44

Heat and gas technology

 

 

 

22

13

6

41

Water technology

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

Geodesy and cartography (G)

 

 

 

5

8

5

18

Geodesy, cartography and real estate assessment

 

 

 

5

8

5

18

Professional studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

584

level 2 after bachelor’s studies

 

 

 

60

80

 

140

Construction (BGB0)

 

 

 

33

41

 

74

Transport structures (BGT0)

 

 

 

4

17

 

21

Heat, gas and water technology (BIS0)

 

 

 

15

20

 

35

Geodesy and cartography (BIG0)

 

 

 

8

2

 

10

level 2 after secondary school

118

129

73

32

 

 

352

Construction (BCB0)

117

121

64

27

 

 

329

Transport structures (BCT0)

 

 

1

17

 

 

18

Geodesy and cartography (BVG0)

1

8

9

5

 

 

23

Heat and gas technology (BVSO)

5

9

7

5

 

 

26

level 1 (college) after secondary school (K)

25

32

35

 

 

 

92

Construction (B)

25

32

35

 

 

 

92

Transport structures

25

32

35

 

 

 

92

A total number of students

 

 

 

 

 

 

985

Doctoral candidate

7

4

6

 

 

 

17



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