Civil Engineering Degree Programme


 Structure of the Degree Programme

Course Title                           :           Bachelor of the Science of Engineering Honours Degree

Abbreviated Title                  :            B.Sc. Eng (Honours)

Field of Specialisation           :           Civil Engineering

Course Duration                   :           4 years

Medium of Instruction          :           English

Annual Intake                       :           125 students

Minimum Credit Requirement:       137 GPA credits* and 13 Non-GPA credits.

                                                            Total of 150 credits.

                                                            Students are encouraged to take a minimum of 12 credits from

                                                            Elective courses in Semesters 7 and 8.

*A credit reflects 15 hrs of lectures or 45 hrs of laboratory, tutorial or field work


Department of Civil Engineering also allow the students an opportunity to obtain skills in Entrepreneurship either by taking a minor in

Entrepreneurship or by gaining skills by taking few recommended optional subjects related to Entrepreneurship. Those who take the

minor in Entrepreneurship will have to gain extra six credits by following optional or elective subjects recommended while gaining a total

of 13 credits needed for the minor from the specified subjects. Hence, a student opting for a minor in Entrepreneurship will have to take

a total of 156 credits to obtain B.Sc. in Civil Engineering along with a minor.


Aims :

  • A degree programme that covers the basics of the entire field of Civil Engineering, while allowing students to specialise in a narrower sub-discipline if they so wish;


  • A curriculum that enables students to acquire knowledge, understanding and transferable skills (both intellectual and practical);

  • A flexibility in the programme that allows students to make their own choices and become responsible for their customised curricula and also familiar with state of the art tools and practices

  • An environment that prepares students for the world of work, self learning and life long learning

  • Close interaction between students and academic staff

  • Assessment schemes that seek to achieve the Programme Outcomes while ensuring the gaining of desirable graduate attributes


Overall Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of our programme, students should have:

  • Formed a knowledge base and conceptual understanding regarding the broad subject of Civil Engineering, in areas such as Mathematics, Mechanics, Measurements, Management (including planning & economics), Materials & construction, and Design (including safety),

  • Acquired some specialised knowledge and understanding in at least one branch of Civil Engineering, such as Structures, Geotechnics, Hydraulics, Environment, Transportation, Construction, Management and Information Technology (IT) applications,

  • Learnt how this knowledge can be applied in both practice and research,

  • Developed analytical skills (through problem solving, information management and data analysis),

  • Developed a capacity for independent thought and synthetic skills (through design exercises and assignments),

  • Obtained a breadth of perspective by exposure to subjects outside Civil Engineerin,

  • Recognised the importance of management (including planning and economics) for engineering practice while having appreciation for health and safety

  • Become confident in using computers and application software, both general and specific to Civil Engineering;

  • Been equipped with a range of general competencies (such as oral, audio-visual and written communication, social skills and teamwork); and

  • Become employable at both local and international well recognized organizations.


Progression in Curriculum


  • Pre Academic Term and One Semester – Focus on mathematics and mechanics, and also on acquiring a broad engineering base,

          inclusive of IT and Computer Science. The importance of communication skills is also stressed.


  • Semesters 2 and 3 – Build on the mathematics base but focuses mainly on mechanics. Practical aspects such as materials,


          construction, surveying and management are also brought in.


  • Semesters 4 and 5 – Increasing focus on design in addition to building on the mechanics base and giving it an application oriented



  • Semesters 7 and 8 – Build on the management and design aspects and also bring in a wide variety of specialized applications as

          electives. These two Semesters also gives exposure to and simulate real world environments through Research Project and the

          Comprehensive Design Project, respectively.   


  • The most “open-ended” aspects of the curriculum are in Industrial Training, the Comprehensive Design Project and the Research


         Project; these are all towards the end of the programme, reflecting the aim for the curriculum to provide increasing challenges to


         students as they progress through the programme. The thread of design is maintained from Term A in the first year through to


        Semester 8 in the fourth year while giving adequate exposure to Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Sustainable




Coordination of Specific Activities of the B.Sc. Engineering Degree Course


Academic Co-ordinator (Semester 1)                                     Dr. (Mrs.) K.G.S. Dilrukshi

Academic Co-ordinator (Semesters 2 & 3)                             Dr. Nimal Wijeratne

Academic Co-ordinator (Semesters 4 & 5)                             Prof. I.R.A. Weerasekera

Academic Co-ordinator (Semesters 7 & 8)                             Prof. S. M.A. Nanayakkara

Industrial Training (Term B & Semester 6)                              Dr. K. Baskaran

Research Projects (Sem 7, Term C & Sem 8)                         Prof. N.T.S. Wijesekera

Comprehensive Design Projects (Sem 7, Term C & Sem 8)   Prof. (Mrs.) Chintha Jayasinghe   

                                                                                               Prof. M.T.R. Jayasinghe

 Survey Camp (Semester 6)                                                   Prof. U.G.A. Puswewala

                                                                                              Dr. U.P. Nawagamuwa

                                                                                              Mr. T.D.C. Pushpakumara

Examinations and Assessment Strategy


All subject modules are assessed by continuous assessments and final examinations. Allocation of marks for final examination and

continuous assessment for each subject module will be different, depending on the subject module, and this will be given to students in

the course outline at the beginning of the semester. Students should have minimum of 80% attendance to be eligible for the final

examination. Students with illness or any other valid reason for their inability to attend lectures should bring a medical certificate from a

recognized medical officer or a letter describing the problem they had. All students should also satisfy the minimum requirement for both

continuous assessment and final examination of a particular subject in order pass. All the continuous assessment assignments should be

submitted before the set deadlines. Marks will normally be deducted for late submissions.