Subject: Introduction to Civil Engineering

Scientific Area:

Civil Engineering


80 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

A - Provide students with knowledge about the history of civil engineering, including major works in Portugal and in the world, and antecipate the future of the profession.
B - To professionally frame the activity of civil engineering and civil construction, and the relationship with other professionals of the sector.
C - To develop in students a critical, ethical and respectful attitude for the environment.
D - To enable students with basic knowledge to understand the operation, design and construction of the main types of existing works.
E - Provide students with technical vocabulary.
F - Show tol the students the main actions used in the design.


1. - Civil Engineering
1.1 - Perspective of the historical evolution of Civil Engineering in the World and in Portugal
1.2 - Disciplinary areas. Course syllabus and scientific areas
1.3 - Teaching and Research
1.4 - Computer tools
1.5 - Future trends
2. - The Civil Engineer and Civil Construction
2.1 - Legal framework of professional practice and the construction activity. Acts. Professional Associations
2.2 - Ethics and the relationship with the environment
2.3 - Other professions and actors in civil construction
2.4 - Phase and specialties of a project and a work
2.5 - Product rules and standardization in design
3. - Types of Work and Technical Terms
3.1 - Buildings: types; main materials; elements: structural, partitioning, accessibility between floors; installations
3.2 - Foundations: types, retaining structures
3.3 - Bridges: types, elements
3.4 - Dams, ETA and WWTP, Maritime Works: types, organs
3.5 - Roads: types, crossings
4. - Actions and Safety


J. Laginha Serafim; , 1992 , Engenharia Civil em Portugal , LNEC
Adriano Vasco Rodrigues , 2007 , História Breve da Engenharia Civil , OE
Telmo Dias Pereira , 2015 , Gestão de projeto e contratação de empreitadas de obras , Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Franklin Guerra Pereira , 2010 , História da Engenharia em Portugal , PUBLINDUSTRIA
Luís Batista Nunes , 2003 , Construção Civil , Escola Nacional de Bombeiros
David Muir Wood , 2012 , Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford University Press
Richard Panchyk e Matthys Levy , 2000 , Engineering The City: How Infrastructure Works - Projects And Principles For Beginners , A CAPPELLA BOOKS
Autores... , 2006 , NS 105 - O Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil - 60 anos de actividade , LNEC
Autores... , 2009 , Civil Engineering Heritage in Europe , ECCE
Autores... , 2009 , Civil Engineering Practical Notes A-Z , ECCE
Autores , Legislação diversa ,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Teaching method: Theoretical classes: expositive and participative lectures. Theoretical-practical classes: solving simple problems. Study visits to the emblematic works. Assistance to students to clarify doubts and to support the practical work. Evaluation method: Distributed evaluation with: 2 Tests (40% each) and 1 Practical Work (20%).