Course Title: 
Introduction to Civil Engineering
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Subject Core
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Introduction to Civil Engineering' is a course offered in the second semester of  B. Tech. in Civil Engineering program at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Course Objectives

  • To give an understanding about the areas of specializations available in the field of Civil Engineering
  • To motivate the student to pursue a career in one of the many areas of Civil Engineering with deep interest and keenness.
  • To expose the students to the various avenues available for doing creative and innovative work by showcasing many monuments and inspiring projects of public utility.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the relationship between the knowledge of basic science to civil engineering practice.
  • Illustrate the importance different component fields within civil engineering.
  • Visualize the importance of civil engineering practice in the most ethical manner for sustainable development.

CO-PO Mapping

  PO1 PO2 PO3 PO4 PO5 PO6 PO7 PO8 PO9 PO10 PO11 PO12 PSO1 PSO2 PSO3
CO1 3                       1 - -
CO2             1   3       1 - -
CO3           2 3           1 - -

Evaluation Pattern:

  • Periodical 1 – 25 marks
  • Periodical 2 – 25 marks
  • Assignments / Tutorials – 20 marks
  • Field Project (group work) – 30 marks
  • Total 100 marks

What is Civil Engineering/ Infrastructure, History of Civil Engineering, Overview of ancient & modern civil engineering marvels, current national planning for civil engineering/ infrastructure projects, scope of work involved in various branches of Civil Engineering – Architecture & Town planning, Surveying & Geomatics, Structural Engineering, Construction Management, Construction materials, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering &Sustainability, Pavement Engineering and construction, Traffic & Transportation Engineering and Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Building Energy Efficiency, Basics of Contract Management, Professional Ethics, Avenues for entrepreneurial working, Creativity & Innovativeness in Civil Engineering.
Introduction to the civil engineering undergraduate curriculum map - the relationship between the courses in the curriculum.

  1. ValdengraveOkumu, “An Introduction to Civil Engineering”, Createspace Independent Publishers, 2014.
  2. S. T. Mau and Sami Maalouf, “Introduction to Civil Engineering: A Student's Guide to Academic and Professional Success”, Cognella, Inc; 2014
  3. Bhavikatti.S.S., “Basic Civil Engineering”, New Age International Publishers, 2010.
  4. The National Building Code of India, BIS, (2017)
  5. Code of ethics -