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CENV3064 Year in Industry

Module Overview

This module provides you with the opportunity to experience working in a similar role as a graduate engineer within a design or construction environment. During the 12-month work placement you will apply the knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of the programme, develop a deeper understanding of technical issues from work-related projects, understand the commercial and technical aspects of the sector, and reflect on your developing professional knowledge and skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim is to experience Civil Engineering in professional practice while afforded the opportunity to apply academic knowledge accrued through a formal learning programme in a context commensurate to the roles and responsibilities of a graduate engineer.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems
  • An in-depth understanding of selected technical issues
  • Understanding current practice and new developments within the industry
  • Understanding the business practices of your host organisation
  • Undertaking and applying engineering knowledge to tasks and project work under supervision
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate information from projects
  • Analyse and interpret the findings
  • Review and synthesize professional and technical issues
  • Exercise professional judgement in a working context
  • Apply appropriate theories, concepts, methods etc. in unfamiliar situations
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be aware of the new and developing technologies key to the future of your industry
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of commercial and industrial constraints
  • Understand the importance of health and safety in an engineering environment
  • Understand the different roles within a team and have the ability to exercise leadership
  • Appreciate the relationship between design and construction in civil engineering
  • Carry out engineering tasks to professional standards.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Commercial awareness
  • Manage and organise time
  • Communicate your ideas effectively
  • Importance of fostering healthy group work
  • Become a reflective practitioner


Within your work placement you will apply knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of the programme. The nature of your experience will depend on the company you are working for. You will be applying civil engineering concepts, developing some concepts further through project-based work, and developing your expertise as a reflective practitioner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

During your industrial placement you will fulfil the role of a trainee civil engineering and work full-time for a period of a minimum of 9 months. You will be allocated an industrial mentor at your placement, who will be responsible for the quality of your learning experience. Depending on how your placement has been arranged (refer to YII Guidelines) either the Director of Industrial Liaison (or his/her delegate) from the University of Southampton or a representative from the Year in Industry Office will monitor your progress during the placement period and will visit your work place and liaise with your industrial mentor. The Year Report (see also YII Guidelines) should be related to projects in which you have played a significant role during your placement. At the start of your placement you should formulate a learning plan in conjunction with your industrial mentor, taking into account the expected learning outcomes. In accordance with this learning plan, you will show evidence in your report the learning outcomes that were weighted highly. Outcomes weighted low and medium in your learning plan should also be covered, but to a lesser extent. You should describe the distinctiveness of your placement and demonstrate your understanding of the technical aspects of your work. You should indicate your role in the work described and show where you have exercised independent engineering and professional judgment. The end of the report should contain a reflective summary.

Project supervision8
Placement Hours592
Total study time600


Assessment Strategy

Referral method: The presentation marks will be carried over and the student can submit a revised report within three months. A student failing to submit a satisfactory report within three months can choose to repeat (see below) or can transfer to the MEng civil engineering programme. Repeat year: The student will be required to find a new placement.


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 20%
Report  ( words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  () 20%
Report  (5000 words) 80%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

The student will need to find their own accommodation near to their place of work, depending on location and individual student preference this cost may vary considerably.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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