Objectives & career options

 

   

 

General objectives


The general aim of the new Degree in Civil Engineering is to give its graduates a general, European-standard education in the theories, techniques and technologies corresponding to the Public Works, Transport and Hydrology sectors, within a framework of continuous improvement and transmission of learning.

In response to Additional Provision Nine of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October regulating official university programmes, the Department for Education and Science passed Ministerial Order CIN/307/2009 of 9 February (Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE) of 18 February 2009), which regulates official university degrees qualifying holders to work as Public Works Technical Engineers, and establishes the skills to be acquired by students: 
Scientific-technical training for the profession of Public Works Technical Engineer; skills in consultancy, analysis, planning, design, calculation, projects, management, construction, maintenance, preservation and operation in the field of Civil Engineering.

An understanding of the many technical and legal conditions arising in the construction of public works and the capacity to employ proven methods and technologies to ensure greater efficiency in construction, on a basis of respect for the environment and protection of the health and safety of workers and the users of public works.

Conversance with and the capacity to observe applicable legislation while acting as a Public Works Technical Engineer.

The capacity to plan, project, inspect, manage and operate Civil Engineering works and services: road, rail, maritime, waterway and tube transport infrastructures; ports, maritime structures and coastal and beach defence and reclamation structures; hydraulic and industrial water production infrastructures and hydroelectric and sanitary engineering facilities; and urban and environmental services.

The capacity to maintain and preserve hydraulic and energy resources, within the scope of Civil Engineering. The capacity to plan and manage surface, underground and non-conventional hydraulic resources.

The capacity to undertake land planning and environmental studies as related to infrastructures, within the scope of Civil Engineering. The capacity to draw up plans, standards, studies and projects with regard to development and land-planning.

The capacity to manage, maintain, preserve and operate infrastructures, within the scope of Civil Engineering.

The capacity to study and design surface or underground water catchments, within the scope of Civil Engineering.

Conversance with and the capacity to apply employment legislation and business management techniques.

A knowledge of the history of Civil Engineering and the capacity to analyse and assess constructions in general and public works in particular.


 

 

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Structure


Subjects in the Degree in Civil Engineering, worth 6, 7.5 and 9 European ECTS credits each, are organized into semesters.  Students must take 30 credits each semester in order to complete 60 credits per academic year and a total of 240 credits over the four academic years.

In order to make the course compatible with other activities, students are permitted to take a part-time course consisting of 30 credits per academic year.


DISTRIBUTION OF CREDITS PER SUBJECT TYPE

 

SUBJECT TYPE

CREDITS

CORE

60

COMPULSORY

102

OPTIONAL

66

FINAL PROJECT

12

TOTAL CREDITS

240

 

Ministerial Order CIN/307/2009 of the 9th February stipulates three study blocks for Civil Engineering, which are incorporated into the course programme as follows:

Core

Core

Compulsory

Civil Engineering Common Core Courses

Optional Study Blocks

Study Block:

Public Works

Study Block:

Hydrology

Study Block:

Urban Transport and Services

Optional

Op 1

Op 2

Op 3

Op 1

Op 2

Op 3

Op 1

Op 2

Op 3

Compulsory

Final Project

 

The Degree in Civil Engineering course programme comprises 186 common core credits, whilst optional courses comprise the remaining 29% of the future graduate's education.

All Core subjects are related to the disciplines of Engineering and Architecture, with the exception of Geology, which forms part of the discipline of the Sciences.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE PROGRAMME

The subject matter has been grouped into three areas.

Firstly, and in compliance with Royal Decree 1393/2007, the first half of the course programme addresses core subjects, worth a total of 60 ECTS and forming part of the disciplines of Engineering and Architecture.

Secondly, compulsory subjects comprise a total of 102 ECTS, leading to the acquisition of skills common to the degree, whilst the compulsory Final Project, undertaken in the final year and aimed at assessing the skills corresponding to the degree, comprises 12 ECTS. Prior to evaluation for the final project, the student must provide evidence of ability in a foreign language. Among other possible qualifications, at the University of Alicante the minimum necessary requirement is to have attained level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages, and this requirement may be raised in the future. Thirdly, optional study blocks comprise 48 ECTS, in accordance with Ministerial Order CIN/307/2009, of the 9th February, which defines the blocks as Public Works, Hydrology and Urban Transport and Services. Finally, the student must take optional subjects worth a further 18 ECTS from among those offered in the degree course programme.

The three optional study blocks offered comprise discrete blocks of eight subjects each, each block being worth 48 credits in total. The remaining 18 optional credits are chosen by the student from among the corresponding optional subjects offered. These subjects are taken in the sixth, seventh and eighth semesters in the course programme, enabling the student to choose their own curricular direction.

The possibility of undertaking work experience in a company is included within the scope of optional subjects.

In accordance with the regulation approved by Council of Government for the academic recognition of cultural university activities, sportive, of representation estudiantil, solidarias and of cooperation of the University of Alicante, the student will have to have guaranteeed the possibility to obtain academic recognition of until a maximum of six credits optativos of the total of the plan of studies cursado, by the participation in cultural university activities, sportive, of representation estudiantil, solidarias and of cooperation. Before the beginning of each academic course, the Council of Government will define the nature of the activities that will have this academic recognition.

Likewise, the application of recognition of labour experience/professional by credits will require to accredit a minimum time of labour and professional experience of three years (to complete day or equivalent period in partial day) or 2000 hours, with a maximum of 15% of the total of the credits of which states the Plan of Studies and with a ratio of 6 ECTS that will be able to be recognised in the time stipulated. For this, will request a Report of Labour Life accompanied of a Certificate of the Companies in which it have realised his professional work, with quotation expresses of the functions that the applicant have realised, so as to that can accredit the inherent competitions to the credits to recognise. In any case, the recognition of credits will not realise of automatic form, but studying each application of isolated form, as it produces in the actuality in the Commission of Recognition and Transfer of Credits of the Upper Polytechnical School.

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS AND STUDY BLOCKS

SUBJECT

SUBJECT TYPE

ECTS

SEMESTER

 

BLOCK 1: PUBLIC WORKS      

Roads and Airports

OP

6

6

Hydraulic Infrastructures

OP

6

6

Harbours and Coastal Engineering 

OP

6

7

Railway Infrastructures

OP

6

8

Construction Techniques in Civil Engineering

OP

6

8

Highway Engineering

OP

6

7

Construction and Prefabrication

OP

6

7

Geotechnical Constructions

OP

6

7

BLOCK 2: HYDROLOGY

Road Alignment and Drainage

OP

6

6

Water Supply and Drainage

OP

6

6

Hydraulic Projects and Systems

OP

6

7

Wastewater Treatment

OP

6

7

Environmental Engineering

OP

6

7

Energy Systems and Power Plants

OP

6

7

Dams

OP

6

8

Planning and Management of Hydraulic Resources

OP

6

8

BLOCK 3: URBAN TRANSPORT AND SERVICES

Road Design and Maintenance

OP

6

6

Wastewater Engineering

OP

6

6

Railways

OP

6

7

Urban and Land Use Planning

OP

6

8

Harbour Management and Use

OP

6

8

Traffic and Road Safety Engineering

OP

6

7

Management and Use of Transport Infrastructures

OP

6

7

Urban Services

OP

6

7

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS:

Electrical Installations

OP

6

6

Advanced Construction Mathematics

OP

6

8

River Engineering

OP

6

6

Geotechnics for Hydraulic Projects

OP

6

7

Logistics and Interchange Stations

OP

6

8

Geometric Design for Linear Construction Projects

OP

6

8

Environmental Acoustics

OP

6

6

Project Presentations: Oral and Graphic Techniques

OP

6

6

Building Pathology and Rehabilitation

OP

6

7

Work Experience I

OP

6

7

English I

OP

6

6

Durability of Materials and Structures

OP

6

8

Bridges

OP

6

7

Waste Management and Treatment

OP

6

8

Harbour Works: Projects and Construction

OP

6

8

Work Experience II

OP

6

8

English II

OP

6

7


  

 

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Distinctive Features

 

El grado en Ingeniería Civil por la Universidad de Alicante se implantó en el curso 2010-2011, sustituyendo progresivamente a la antigua titulación de Ingeniero Técnico de Obras Públicas, impartida en Alicante desde el curso 1971-1972. Tras 40 años impartiendo la titulación se realizó el cambio de plan para adecuar la formación a un perfil europeo y de carácter generalista sobre las bases y las tecnologías propias del sector de la Construcción Civil, de los Transportes y Servicios Urbanos y de la Hidrología, enmarcado en una capacidad de mejora continua y de transmisión del conocimiento.

Desde 2015, el título superior universitario de Grado en Ingeniería Civil cuenta con el sello de calidad internacional EUR-ACE®. El sello EUR-ACE® es un certificado otorgado por una agencia de acreditación autorizada por ENAEE a títulos de ingeniería que cumplen una serie de estándares definidos, de acuerdo con los principios de calidad, relevancia, transparencia, reconocimiento y movilidad contemplados en el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior (EEES). Contar con el sello EUR-ACE® concede valor y reconocimiento internacional a esta titulación.

Tal vez este carácter generalista y multidisciplinar sea la base de este título, que capacita para planificar, proyectar, inspeccionar, dirigir, gestionar y explotar obras y servicios en el ámbito de la Ingeniería Civil : infraestructuras del transporte viario, ferroviario, marítimo, fluvial y por tubería; infraestructuras de puertos, estructuras marítimas y de defensa y regeneración de costas y playas; infraestructuras e instalaciones hidráulicas y de producción industrial de agua, de aprovechamientos hidroeléctricos y energéticos y de ingeniería sanitaria; servicios urbanos y ambientales.

Su obtención faculta para el ejercicio de la profesión de Ingeniero Técnico de Obras Públicas y conocimiento y ejercicio de las funciones de asesoría, análisis, planificación, diseño, cálculo, proyecto, dirección, construcción, gestión, mantenimiento, conservación y explotación en el ámbito de la Ingeniería Civil.

Por lo tanto, además de la necesaria formación teórica, uno de los rasgos más representativos de este grado es su amplia formación técnica aplicada, que se desarrolla en los diversos tipos de clases prácticas que se realizan a lo largo del plan de estudios:

  • Seminarios y prácticas de problemas: Se realizan actividades de aplicación de los contenidos teóricos, de desarrollo de aspectos complementarios de la materia, de resolución de cuestiones y problemas que el profesor propone con antelación al alumnado y que pretenden fomentar la participación activa y crítica del alumno.
  • Clases prácticas de laboratorio y de ordenador: Son sesiones en las que se plantean y desarrollan experimentos, cálculos o procedimientos de tratamiento y análisis de datos, y se interpretan los resultados obtenidos.
  • Tutorías en grupo: En ellas se realiza un seguimiento más directo y personal del alumnado que permite orientarlo en la materia, conocer y desarrollar sus motivaciones y actitudes, trabajar y discutir cuestiones concretas, resolver dificultades concretas y realizar un seguimiento del trabajo diario relacionado con la asignatura.
  • Prácticas de campo: Aquí se contemplan tanto la realización de ejercicios relacionados con las diferentes actividades profesionales en un entorno controlado, como las visitas a obras e instalaciones para poder analizar la aplicación real de los conceptos vistos en la asignatura.

La amplitud de ámbitos de aplicación de la ingeniería civil favorece que para completar la formación del estudiante se puedan plantear de forma extracurricular visitas a obras singulares que puedan quedar fuera del marco estricto de una única asignatura. Estas visitas, bien organizadas desde la propia titulación o por estudiantes del grado, son un punto de unión entre el alumnado de las distintas especialidades o incluso de estudios superiores de máster.

Otro punto fundamental de esta titulación es la relación con empresas y administraciones del sector, lo que permite la realización de hasta dos períodos de prácticas curriculares a lo largo del plan de estudios. Esta actividad es una de las mejores valoradas tanto entre los estudiantes, para los que supone muchas veces el primer contacto con la realidad profesional de la ingeniería civil, como para las propias empresas, que en algunos casos terminan incorporando a las personas que tuvieron en prácticas.


 

 

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Resources and Facilities

 

Laboratorios de investigación en Ingeniería Civil

Como complemento a los laboratorios comunes de la EPS, la Universidad de Alicante dispone de un laboratorio de Investigación en Ingeniería Civil que ha sido financiado a través de Fondos FEDER con una cuantía de unos 2 m€. La infraestructura dispone de laboratorios de Ingeniería del Tráfico, Materiales de Construcción, Durabilidad, Resistencia de Materiales e Ingeniería del Terreno. Además, el núcleo central de la infraestructura está compuesto por una nave de unos 300 m² con puente grúa de 5t en la que existe una losa de reacción horizontal de unos 100 m². En este elemento es posible anclar especímenes a ensayar con una elevada versatilidad, permitiendo el ensayo de diferentes estructuras a escala real. Estos laboratorios disponen de equipamientos específicos para las distintas áreas, que se mejoran continuamente en función de las necesidades de las líneas de investigación en marcha.

 

 

 

 

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Further Education

  
Una vez superado el grado, se pueden continuar los estudios en el nivel de Máster Universitario.
La Universidad de Alicante ofrece másteres en todas las ramas de conocimiento.
Consultar la oferta de másteres:
 
https://web.ua.es/en/official-master-s-degrees.html
 
 

 

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Career Opportunities

 

The degree qualifies graduates to work as a Public Works Technical Engineer (Order CIN/307/2009 of 9 February, Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE) 18 February 2009). The professional attributes of the course are regulated by Law.

Graduates may also enrol on professional Master's Degree courses, research courses and other post-graduate courses, in accordance with current regulations.


Scholarships and Funding

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University Life

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