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Engineering Course introduction - Construction

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The subject gives a basic introduction to programming in Matlab and to 2D and 3D drawing Computer Aides Design (CAD) for planning, the construction and civil engineering industry.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Have a basic understanding of programming in general, and Matlab as an engineering tool in particular. Be familiar with the interface and predefined functions in Matlab.
Skills: Be able to make programs in Matlab with use of logical functions and control structures. • Be able to make routines for reading and writing data to file, plotting of data, both in 2D and 3D.
General competences: Have a foundation for better understanding of subjects as Mathematics 1 and Physics. Master problem solving and be able to apply flow sheets and pseudo code in development and documentation of algorithms.Can identify security, vulnerability, privacy and data security aspects of products and systems using ICT.
After having taken the course, the students should be able to understand and produce professional building drawings and plans, both manually and using 2D and 3D CAD programs. The students should be able to work both individually and in groups, designing a simple building project.


The subject aims to provide the student with a good foundation for further studies and work within the engineering disciplines. This will be done through problem solving using a suitable data programming tool (Matlab) and through projects where the student will be acquainted with the engineering discipline in collaboration with other students. An introduction to AutoCAD as a 2D drawing program for technical drawings, plans etc. Introduction to modelling with Revit - a 3D object based CAD program, with BIM possibilies. Project work in groups / individually, designing and presenting a small building using Revit.

Required prerequisite knowledge



One project work and some hand in assignments
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam2/53 hoursA - FBasic calculator specified in general exam regulations.
Hand in assignments3/5 A - F
The assessment for the course consists of a written examination in Matlab counting 40% and cummulating assessment consisting of three tasks counting 60% of the final grade. Written exam in Matlab part of the course is multiple choice examination. The cummulating assessment consists of three deliverable assignments: an individual task counting 10% of the final grade, a group project counting 20% of the final grade, and an individual project counting 30% of the final grade.
Every part of the course must be approved within two years.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignment in MATLAB, Compulsory assingment in AutoCAD, Compulsory assignment in Revit, Compulsory assignments in data security
Mandatory assignment in MATLAB, ICT security, AutoCAD and Revit.
Mandatory assignments in AutoCAD and Revit have to be approved before the students can submit the projects.
Mandatory assignments in MATLAB and ICT security has to be approved before the student can take the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Fabio Alberto Hernandez Palacio
Course teacher
Arnfinn Aas Eielsen , Per Jotun , Tom Ryen
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Guzman Cruz Rodriguez , Andreas Skaare
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

3 hrs lectures and 3 hrs exercise pr. week the first 6 weeks: MATLAB.
A combination of lectures, work in computer lab. and group work.
ICT security: Individual online course. Open until 3 weeks before exam.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Matlab for Engineers (BID260_1) 5
Computer Aided Design - Civil Engineering (BIB450_1) 5
Computer Science - Civil Engineering (BIB100_1) 5
Introductory Course for Engineers - Energy Resources (ING130_1) 4
Introductory course for engineers - Chemistry and Environmental Engineering (ING140_1) 4
Introductory course for engineers - Computer science and electrical engineering (ING100_1) 4
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (ING120_1) 4

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme
Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years

Course assessment

Course evaluation takes place according to the Faculty’s guidelines.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020