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Construction of Buildings and Facilities with a profile

FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE 
CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT
PROFESSIONAL AREA:  ARCHITECTURE, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND GEODESY

 

Programme: Construction of Buildings and Facilities with a profile "Road Construction"

 

Awarded qualification:  Civil Engineer in Road Construction

 

Level of qualification:  Bachelor

 

Length of programme: 4 years (8 semesters)

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field of study (ISCED-F): 0732: Building and civil engineering (06.4-582)

 

Specific admission requirements: Diploma for completed secondary or higher education in Bulgarian or foreign educational institutions. Entry is based on admission exam.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:

  • Information is available from the ECTS coordinator of the Construction of Buildings and Facilities Department – Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Petkova-Slipets, Eng., PhD, tel: +359 52 359 589/588, e-mail: sss@vfu.bg;
  • The recognition of credits procedure is based on documents submitted by the candidate:
  • Diploma or a transcript of prior learning;
  • International foreign language diplomas and certificates (English – Cambridge FCE, TOEFL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD), Zweite Stufe; Russian – ТРКИ; French – DELF; Spanish – DELE);
  • International computer skills diplomas and certificates, corresponding to ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence).
  • Allocation of credits is done in compliance with the respective major's curriculum, and is based on the diplomas and certificates submitted by the candidate.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation requirements: to acquire a degree of "Bachelor" 240 credits are required as follows: 189.5 credits from compulsory courses, 31.5 credits of electives, 9 credits from optional courses and 10 credits from diploma project defence. In Varna Free University, a credit equals 30 lessons, of which 10 contact hours (lectures and seminars) and 20 hours independent work. A requirement for acquiring professional qualification is the development and defence of the diploma project - a comprehensive synthesis of knowledge and aptitude for the practical work of the future engineer. The topics for the diploma project are taken from actual constructions. Much of the developments are afterwards implemented in practice. Only those students, who have successfully completed their training semesters and all exams from the curriculum, shall be allowed to elaborate a diploma projects. Diploma project defence takes place in front of the State Board of Examiners and is a final exam, which is the basis for the acquisition of the Bachelor degree.

 

Profile of the programme: The programme Construction of Buildings and Facilities with a profile "Road Construction" aims to train specialists to meet the demands of the road construction sector, which is among the priorities of the National Strategy for Development of the Transport System of the Republic of Bulgaria until 2020. The training builds upon the fundamental engineering courses, completed within the general training module in the first five semesters, and provides comprehensive specialized knowledge in the field of design, construction and operation of roads, transport hubs and railways. Students are provided with a wide-spectrum basic training on issues related to the implementation of transport links in towns and villages and outside of them, the organisation, implementation and operation of the systems and facilities used in road infrastructure developing, their impact on the environment and people, issues which are central to achieving integrated development and management of the road sector. The learning material for the specialized courses is based on the new European regulations and standards for design, implementation and operation of the road infrastructure systems and facilities. The Bachelor programme Construction of Buildings and Facilities with a profile "Road Construction" has a national accreditation. Graduates can obtain a license in accordance with the requirements of the Chamber of engineers in the investment design.

 

Programme learning outcomes: Graduates in programme Construction of Buildings and Facilities with a profile "Road Construction" have knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Choose the right building materials for building and reconstructing roads and transport hubs, in order to guarantee sufficient extent of road throughput, reliability and durability of the facilities;
  • Work with the latest computer programmes in road and transport systems design;
  • Apply the construction and technical regulations at all stages of road construction;
  • Design road and transport systems in towns and villages and outside of them which comply with the requirements of the legal framework for construction;
  • Apply the technology of implementation of different kinds of road and transport systems;
  • organize and manage road construction.

The obtained knowledge and skills will enable the future specialists to solve problems which may arise when designing, implementing and operating road and transport systems

 

Programme structure diagram with credits:

ECTS Code

Course Title

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

Number of credits

1

 

2

3

4

6

1

MAT1004

Descriptive Geometry and Technical Drawing

30

60

3

Descriptive Geometry and Technical Drawing – course task

30

60

3

2

MAT1014

Mathematical Analysis – part 1

60

120

6

3

MAT1008

Linear algebra and analytic geometry

45

90

4,5

4

CHE1028

Chemistry in Construction

30

60

3

5

INF1062

Information Systems and Technologies

30

60

3

6

 

Elective subject I

45

90

4,5

7

SPO1007

Sports

30

60

3

MAN1465

Transport Systems*

30

60

3

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

MAT1025

Mathematical Analysis – part 2

45

90

4,5

2

GED1001

Geodesy

30

60

3

3

PHY1002

Theoretical Mechanics – part 1

30

60

3

Theoretical Mechanics – part 1 – course task

30

60

3

4

PHY1007

Physics in Construction

40

80

4

5

INF1470

Information Systems and Technologies in Construction

30

60

3

6

 

Elective subject ІІ

45

90

4,5

7

 

Elective subject ІІІ

30

60

3

8

SPO1007

Sports

20

40

2

ECO2007

Economics of Construction*

Total for semester II

300

600

30

Total for year 1

 

 

 

1

PHY1003

Theoretical Mechanics - part 2

30

60

3

Theoretical Mechanics - part 2 - course task

30

60

3

2

MAS1008

Strength of Materials -part 1

45

90

4,5

Strength of Materials -part 1- course task

30

60

3

3

GEO2003

Engineering Geodesy

30

60

3

Engineering Geodesy - work placement

15

30

1,5

4

CIE1044

Building Construction and Architecture

30

60

3

Building Construction and Architecture - course task

15

30

1,5

5

 

Optional course 1

30

60

3

6

 

Elective Course 4

30

60

3

7

SPO1007

Sports

15

30

1,5

MAN1042

Quality Management*

Total for semester III

300

600

30

1

CIE1019

Construction Materials

60

120

6

2

MAS1009

Strength of Materials -part 2

30

60

3

Strength of Materials -part 2- course task

30

60

3

3

CIE1061

Hydraulics and Water Supply and Sewerage

30

60

3

Hydraulics and Water Supply and Sewerage – work placement

15

30

1,5

4

 

Elective Course 5

45

90

4,5

5

 

Elective Course 6

45

90

4,5

6

 

Optional Course 2

30

60

3

7

SPO1007

Sports

15

30

1,5

CIE1191

Evaluation Systems for Sustainable Construction*

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

Total for year 2

600

1200

60

1

CIE1015

Construction Statics – part 1

30

60

3

Construction Statics – part 1 - course task

30

60

3

2

CIE1020

Construction Machines

30

60

3

Construction Machines – work placement

15

30

1,5

3

CIE1046

Reinforced Concrete

45

90

4,5

Reinforced Concrete – course task

30

60

3

4

CIE1027

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering – part 1

30

60

3

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering – part 1 - course task

15

30

1,5

5

 

Elective Course 7

30

60

3

Elective Course 7 - course task

15

30

1,5

6

 

Optional course 3

30

60

3

Total for semester V

300

600

30

1

CIE1016

Construction Statics – part 2

30

60

3

Construction Statics – part 2 - course task

30

60

3

2

CIE1025

Wooden and Plastic Structures

30

60

3

Wooden and Plastic Structures - course task

15

30

1,5

3

CIE1028

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering – part 2

30

60

3

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering – part 2 - course task

30

60

3

4

CIE1211

Urban Traffic and Streets

30

60

3

Urban Traffic and Streets – course project

30

60

3

5

 

Elective course 8

30

60

3

Elective course 8 - course task

15

30

1,5

6

 

Optional course 4

30

60

3

Total semester VI

300

600

30

Total for year 3

600

1200

60

1

CIE1199

Steel Structures - part 1

45

90

4,5

Steel Structures - part 1- work placement

15

30

1,5

2

CIE1215

Technology and Organisation of Road Construction

30

60

3

Technology and Organisation of Road Construction - course project

15

30

1,5

Technology and Organisation of Road Construction – work placement

15

30

1,5

3

CIE1216

Concrete structures

30

60

3

Concrete structures - course task

30

60

3

4

CIE1217

Road Design

30

60

3

Road Design - course project

30

60

3

Road Design – work placement

15

30

1,5

5

 

Elective course ІХ

30

60

3

6

 

Optional course V

15

30

1,5

Total for semester VII

300

600

30

1

CIE1014

Reinforced Concrete Bridges

30

60

3

Reinforced Concrete Bridges

15

30

1,5

2

CIE1219

Railway Design and Construction

30

60

3

Railway Design and Construction - course project

15

30

1,5

3

 

Road Construction

30

60

3

Road Construction – course project

20

40

2

4

CIE1221

Road Operation

30

60

3

Road Operation – course task

15

30

1,5

Road Operation – work placement

15

30

1,5

Total for semester VIII

200

400

20

Total for year 4

500

1000

50

Diploma project

 

300

10

Total for the course of study

2300

4900

240

Elective Courses (choose one of the group)

I.1

FLE1001

Foreign Language - English

45

90

4,5

I.2

FLG1001

Foreign Language - German

45

90

4,5

I.3

FLR1001

Foreign Language - Russian

45

90

4,5

I.4

FLS1001

Foreign Language - Italian

45

90

4,5

I.5

ARC1232

Computer-aided Design

45

90

4,5

I.6

CIE1185

Computer-Aided Engineering

45

90

4,5

II.1

FLE1001

Foreign Language - English

45

90

4,5

II.2

FLG1001

Foreign Language - German

45

90

4,5

II.3

FLR1001

Foreign Language - Russian

45

90

4,5

II.4

FLS1001

Foreign Language - Italian

45

90

4,5

II.5

SEC1140

Labour Safety and Environmental Protection

45

90

4,5

II.6

SEC1212

Protection of Calamities, Disasters and Accidents

45

90

4,5

III.1

INF1491

Computer Programs in Designing

30

60

3

III.2

INF1492

Computer Modeling of Building Structures

30

60

3

IV.1

MAT1171

Mathematical Theory of Traffic Flow

30

60

3

IV.2

MAN1180

Management and Investment

30

60

3

V.1

CIE1204

Fire Safety of Buldings and Facilities

45

90

4,5

V.2

ADM1192

European Programmes for Project Funding

45

90

4,5

VI.1

CIE1205

Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

30

60

3

VI.2

CIE1206

Modern Technologies and Road Construction

30

60

3

VII.1

MAN1465

Transport systems

30

60

3

Transport systems – course task

15

30

1,5

VII.2

CIE1209

Infrastructure Projects

30

60

3

Infrastructure Projects – course task

15

30

1,5

VIII.1

CIE1212

Construction Waste Management

30

60

3

Construction Waste Management – course project

15

30

1,5

VIII.2

CIE1213

Transport Facility Condition Assessment and Testing

30

60

3

Transport Facility Condition Assessment and Testing – course project

15

30

1,5

IX.1

CIE1218

Modern Design Methods in Road Construction

30

60

3

IX.2

CIE1303

Human Resource Management

30

60

3

Optional Courses, choose one of the group

I.1

INF1493

Applied Electronics and Electro-technics

30

60

3

I.2

CIE1196

Technology of Finishing works

30

60

3

II.1

CIE1207

Legal and Normative Regulations in Building

30

60

3

II.2

SEC1210

Theory of Risk

30

60

3

III.1

CIE1210

Building Insulations

30

60

3

III.2

MAN1466

Personnel Management

30

60

3

IV.1

CIE1214

Traffic Organization and Safety

30

60

3

IV.2

CIE1198

Fire Safety and Ecology

30

60

3

V.1

INF1494

Computer Systems in Management and Organization of Construction Process

15

30

1,5

V.2

CIE1188

Psychology of Crisis and Extreme Situations in Construction

15

30

1,5

Foreign languages

1

FLE 1002

Foreign language - English

90

180

9

2

FLE 1003

Foreign language - English

90

180

9

3

FLE 1004

Foreign language - English

90

180

9

4

FLG 1001

Foreign language - German

90

180

9

5

FLR 1001

Foreign language - Russian

90

180

9

6

FLS 1001

Foreign language - Spanish

90

180

9

 

* The course is studied by students in part-time training

 

Mode of study: Full-time/ Part-time

 

Examination regulations and grading scale: The programme includes courses from different scientific fields, which fulfils the requirement of interdisciplinary and wide spectrum training. This defines the various requirements extremes in assessing students' knowledge. Detailed description of methods and evaluation criteria for each discipline and the opportunity to inform the reasons for evaluation are given in the syllabi.

 

Obligatory or optional mobility windows: Students can take part in appropriate programs for student's mobility available in Varna Free University.

Work placement(s): In the curriculum on some of the special disciplines are provided practices that take place in Bulgarian and foreign companies and laboratories working in the area of design, construction and operation of roads and road equipment.

 

Work-based learning: In the curriculum of the Bachelors' program in all special subjects the developing of course projects and tasks is provided. The topics of the course projects, as well as these of the diploma project are taken from the actual construction activity. Many of the developments are later implemented in the practice.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates: Civil engineer, specialist in road constructions and road building. Graduates can be employed in the public and/or private sector as design specialists, investors and executives in the field of Road Construction, building of urban communications, facilities, etc.; employees and experts in investment, control and supervisory services; lecturers in Universities and Colleges, research associates in scientific institutions.

 

Access to further studiesStudents successfully completed their training in the degree of "Bachelor" have the necessary skills to continue their education at a higher level of qualification - Master programs on:

  • Building Constructions;
  • Road Construction;
  • Water Supply and Sewerage with two profiles: "Water supply networks and facilities" and  "Water purification"
  • Construction engineering
  • Fire-safety equipment and automation

After acquiring the Master degree, students can apply for further training and research in doctoral programs:

  • Building construction;
  • Building Materials, Products and Technology of their production;
  • Techniques of Labor Safety and Fire Equipment.

 

 

Head of Construction of Buildings and Facilities Department:

Assoc. Prof. Eng. Milena Kichekova, PhD

Secretary: Eng. Maya Manolova

tel.: +359 52 359 621/589

е-mail: sss@vfu.bg